Nikki Payne

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Nikki Payne
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Born (1976-01-17) January 17, 1976 (age 42)[1]
OccupationActress, Comedian

Nikki Payne (also credited as Nikkie Payne), is a Canadian comedian and actress, from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada.[1] Born with a cleft palate,[1] she is well known for incorporating her lisp into her comedy act.[1] She has won three Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Stand-up Newcomer and Best Female Stand-up in 2003, 2005 & 2008.

Early life[edit]

Payne was born at Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. She attended Truro Community College, where she acted as a sports team mascot.[2] She then attended Humber School of Comedy and The Second City Conservatory.


As well as performing in comedy clubs,[3] Payne has appeared in Last Comic Standing, Video on Trial, Buzz,[4] Am I Right??,[5] Satisfaction, and the NFB documentary The Next Big Thing.[6] She has also appeared in the Canadian sketch comedy show Comedy Inc. She is a member of The Boom comedy troupe.

By 2012 Payne was performing her comedy routines on the theatre circuit.[3] That year she was named Comedy Person of the Year at the annual Canadian Comedy Awards in Toronto.[7]

Payne is a frequent guest on CBC Radio's The Debaters.

In 2017 Payne acted as host of the Nature Conservancy of Canada's documentary film, The Enlightened Redneck’s Guide to Moose Sex.[8]


  1. ^ a b c d e Nikki Payne at The Canadian Encyclopedia
  2. ^ "Mascot gig opened door for comedian Nikki Payne". Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist, June 9, 2016
  3. ^ a b "Nikki Payne an inspiration to those who have trouble saying ‘inspiration’". Giggle City, February 29, 2012 By Mike Ross.
  4. ^ "Comedians A-Z : Nikki Payne". The Comedy Network website. Canada: CTVglobemedia. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  5. ^ "Am I Right?? April 10, 2010". Am I Right?? website. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  6. ^ "The Next Big Thing - DVD". National Film Board of Canada website. Canada: Government of Canada. Retrieved 2010-05-07.
  7. ^ "Nikki Payne named Canadian Comedy Person of the Year". The Expositor, August 30, 2012
  8. ^ "Nova Scotia is racing to protect its fragile ‘Moose Sex Corridor’". Maclean's Magazine, Rosemary Counter, April 10, 2017

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