|Born||January 17, 1976|
Nikki Payne (also credited as Nikkie Payne), is a Canadian comedian and actress, from Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Born with a cleft palate, she is well known for incorporating her lisp into her comedy act. She has won three Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Stand-up Newcomer and Best Female Stand-up in 2003, 2005 & 2008.
Payne was born at Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. She attended Truro Community College, where she acted as a sports team mascot. She then attended Humber School of Comedy and The Second City Conservatory.
As well as performing in comedy clubs, Payne has appeared in Last Comic Standing, Video on Trial, Buzz, Am I Right??, Satisfaction, and the NFB documentary The Next Big Thing. She has also appeared in the Canadian sketch comedy show Comedy Inc. She is a member of The Boom comedy troupe.
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.
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- "Nikki Payne named Canadian Comedy Person of the Year". The Expositor, August 30, 2012
- "Nova Scotia is racing to protect its fragile ‘Moose Sex Corridor’". Maclean's Magazine, Rosemary Counter, April 10, 2017