Debra DiGiovanni

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Debra DiGiovanni
OccupationActress, Comedian

Debra DiGiovanni is a Canadian stand-up comedian[1] of Italian descent originally from Tillsonburg, Ontario.[2]

Her comedy career began with the help of Humber College's inaugural year of their Comedy Writing and Performance course in 1999.[3] In 2002 she won the Canadian Comedy Award for the Best Stand-up Newcomer in Stand Up.[4] In 2003, NOW magazine named her headline show as the 3rd Best of the Year. In 2007 and 2009, 2011 she won the Canadian Comedy award for Best Female Stand up.[5][6][7] 2005 was her first appearance Just for Laughs Festival where she was invited on a cross Canada tour opening for Russell Peters.

Presently, she is a sought after headliner and accomplished voice performer. Debra can also be heard on CBC radio on The Debaters. Previously she was a judge on the popular MuchMusic show Video on Trial[2] and its spinoff Stars on Trial.[8]

She appeared in the fifth season of Last Comic Standing. By winning an audition in Montreal, she was selected to participate in a semifinal qualifying round in Hollywood, making it to the top 10 finalist. She participated in the show until she was eliminated and placed 8th.[9]

In 2007 she hosted the Canadian New Media Awards and the Canadian Comedy Awards. In July 2008 she appeared on eTalk, interviewing contestants on the sixth season of Canadian Idol.[10] She also hosted the Genie Awards alongside Sandra Oh and also hosted one night of the Gemini Awards in 2008. She recently completed two seasons of the Slice network's Plastic Makes Perfect. She is currently making regular appearances on The Comedy Network 2012 version Match Game.

On February 27, 2018, she performed on Conan.[11]

In 2019, her comedy album Lady Jazz received a Juno Award nomination for Comedy Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 2019.[12]


  1. ^ Jalees, Sabrina (August 16, 2007). "Comic still on her feet". Toronto Star. Retrieved February 15, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Q&A: Debra DiGiovanni". ottawacitizen. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  3. ^ "A Funny Thing Happened..." (PDF). Humber Dialogue. Spring 2010.
  4. ^ "Nominations & Awards Archives, 2002 | Canadian Comedy Awards". Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  5. ^ "Nominations & Awards Archives, 2007 | Canadian Comedy Awards". Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  6. ^ "Nominations & Awards Archives, 2009 | Canadian Comedy Awards". Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  7. ^ "Nominations & Awards Archives, 2011 | Canadian Comedy Awards". Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  8. ^ Stars on Trial (2005) - IMDb, retrieved 2021-06-15
  9. ^ "Debra DiGiovanni". Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  10. ^ "Debra Digiovanni | Stand-Up Comedian". MCP Talent. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  11. ^ "Debra DiGiovanni Watches Too Many Horror Movies - CONAN on TBS". TBS, February 27, 2018.
  12. ^ "Shawn Mendes and the Weeknd lead the 2019 Juno nominations". CBC Music, January 29, 2019.

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