Canadian Comedy Awards – Nominees announced, let the voting begin…

By Megan Mooney (and a Press Release after the break)

The Canadian Comedy Awards are in a different place every year.  This year, their 10th anniversary the awards are in Saint John, NB.  So, guess where I’m heading in October? 

All the nominees have been announced (the ‘public’ nominees, the ones anyone can vote on, were announced a week later than the ‘industry’ nominees) and voting has begun. 

General public can vote in the Radio, Internet and Canadian Comedy Person of the Year awards.  You can register as a member of the public and vote on these categories until 5pm (not sure which time zone) on Friday July 31, 2009.

Voting for the other awards is limited to industry folks, and the registering to vote for industry folks has closed.  So, if you didn’t know about this before, well, it’s not going to help you just now.  Oh, and in these other categories, Young People Fucking would seem to be a big favourite, it got 8 nominations.  Which is just fine with me, it was a great movie – I highly recommend seeing it.

Something else that’s worth noting is that One Woman Show – one of my favourite (and most surprising) Fringe shows ever, has been nominated.

Two other shows that were nominated have been positively reviewed on Mooney on Theatre – Barack To The Future and It’s Just a Phase.


The press release with the list of nominees is below:

The 2009 Comedy Network’s Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival announced today on, the list of nominees for 2009 Canadian Comedy Awards. The nominees were announced in style in a special video announcement by Canadian Comedy Award past winners Nikki Payne and Pat Thornton. The acclaimed film Young People Fucking (YPF), leads the way with eight nominations. This year, the 10-year anniversary show hits the shores of Saint John, New Brunswick. The four-day, laughter-filled celebration runs from Oct. 1 to 4.

In the category Film – Performance by a Male comedic actors Josh Dean, Ennis Esmer and Peter Oldring receive nods for their roles in YPF. In the category Film – Performance by a Female, comedic actors Kristin Booth, Natalie Lisinska and Carly Pope each picked up a nod for their characters in YPF. Writer/director Martin Gero is nominated for Film – Director for YPF and Martin Gero and Aaron Abrams for Film – Writing for YPF.

Last year comedy favourite Jeremy Hotz – who took home the prestigious Dave Broadfoot Award – receives three nominations. He has two nominations for the category Television – Taped Live Performance for Just for Laughs Gala and What A Miserable Show This Is. The other nod is for Male Stand Up.

The hilarious Debra DiGiovanni also gets some love with two nominations in the category Television – Taped Live Performance for the Halifax Comedy Festival and for Female Stand Up.

Canada is renowned for producing the best comedy performers and writers in the world and in 1999 The Canadian Comedy Awards were founded as a non-profit organization to recognize Canadian achievements in comedy at home and abroad. THE COMEDY NETWORK PRESENTS THE CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS AND FESTIVAL acknowledges a definitive group of Canadian artists and is strongly supported by the entertainment industry, the media and the comedy community. It is a unique vehicle to salute Canadian artistic excellence. Throughout its successful 10-year tenure, THE COMEDY NETWORK PRESENTS THE CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS AND FESTIVAL has become a pivotal celebration of Canadian talent and is the only national awards festival to honour Canada’s comedic talent. More than one hundred comedians are nominated to receive the popular “Beaver Award” in twenty hilarious categories.

The Award ceremony takes place on Friday, October 2 at the Imperial Theatre which will be taped for broadcast by The Comedy Network to be aired at a later date. The Last Laugh Gala rocks the Imperial Theatre on Saturday October 3. The Last Laugh Gala is a crazy fast paced variety extravaganza and will feature the year’s top talent and is sure to be the best evening of comedy north of the 49th parallel.

More information on public voting categories, hosts, performers, presenters and box office information will be announced soon.

The Canadian Comedy Awards 2009 Nominees:

For photos, bios and information on the 2009 nominees visit




Male Stand-Up

Scott Faulconbridge


Glen Foster


Jeremy Hotz


David Pryde


Sugar Sammy


Female Stand-Up

Kate Davis


Debra DiGiovanni


Shelley Marshall


Allyson Smith


Kristeen Von Hagen

Stand-Up Newcomer

Andrew Johnston


Lori Gibbs


Nathan MacIntosh


Bobby Mair


Martha O’Neill


Comedic Play or Revue

Barack To The Future


Battleawesome Awesomestar


It’s Just a Phase


That’s Oddville



One Person Show

Fear of a Brown Planet


Lupe: Undone


One Woman Show


Who’s Afraid of Tippi Seagram?


Wild Rose

Sketch Troupe





The Imponderables


The Second City


The Sketchersons


Improv Troupe

About An Hour


Impromptu Splendor


Monkey Toast




Urban Improv


Male Improvisor

Matt Baram


Ian Boothby


James Gangl


Kerry Griffin


Taz Van Rassel

Female Improviser

Jan Caruana


Amy Matysio


Lisa Merchant


Caitlin Howden


Naomi Snieckus



Taped Live Performance

Debra DiGiovanni – "Halifax Comedy Festival"


Laurie Elliot – "Just For Laughs Gala"


Jeremy Hotz – "Just For Laughs Gala"


Jeremy Hotz – "What a Miserable Show This Is"


Ron Sparks – "Comedy Now"

Direction – Television Program or Series

Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany – "The Jon Dore TV Show (Jon Gets Haunted)"


Matt Hawkins – "The Jon Dore TV Show (Jon Gets Horny)"


Ryan Keller – "Bravo! Fact Presents: The Second City’s Facebook of Revelations"


Brian Roberts – "Da Kink in My Hair, Ep. 209"


Shawn Alex Thompson – "Less Than Kind"


Writing – Television Program or Series

Mark Critch, Gavin Crawford, Kyle Tingley, Jennifer Whalen, Albert Howell, Tim McAuliffe, Dean Jenkinson, Geri Hall, Nathan Fielder, Joanne O’Sullivan, Peter White – "This Hour Has 22 Minutes, XVI Episode 12"


Marvin Kaye and Chris Sheasgreen – "Less Than Kind"


Irwin Barker, Greg Eckler, Chris Finn, Paul Mather, Rick Mercer, Tim Steeves – "Rick Mercer Report"


Bruce Pirrie, Darryl Hinds, Jim Annan, Karen Parker, Lauren Ash, Marty Adams, Scott Montgomery, Matthew Reid – "Bravo! Fact Presents: The Second City Facebook of Revelations"


Ron Sparks – "Comedy Now"


Performance by a Male – Television

Gavin Crawford – “This Hour Has 22 Minutes”


Jon Dore – "The Jon Dore TV Show"


Nathan Fielder – "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"


Peter Oldring – "Good Morning World"


Alan Park – "Royal Canadian Air Farce"


Performance by a Female – Television

Aimee Beaudoin – "Caution: May Contain Nuts"


Inga Cadranel – "Rent-A-Goalie"


Geri Hall – "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"


Cathy Jones – "This Hour Has 22 Minutes"


Wendel Meldrum – "Less Than Kind"


Performance by an Ensemble – Television

Bravo! Fact Presents: The Second City’s Facebook of Revelations


Good Morning World


Less Than Kind


The Latest Buzz


Three Chords From The Truth




Performance by a Male – Film

Nicholas Carella – "Hooked on Speedman"


Josh Dean – "Young People Fucking"


Ennis Esmer – "Young People Fucking"


Jason Jones – "Coopers Camera"


Peter Oldring – "Young People Fucking"


Performance by a Female – Film

Shannon Beckner – "Boyfriend Latte"


Samantha Bee – "Coopers Camera"


Kristin Booth – "Young People Fucking"


Natalie Lisinska – "Young People Fucking"


Carly Pope – "Young People Fucking"


Writing, Film

Shannon Beckner and Mark Sand
ers – "Boyfriend Latte"


Nicholas Carella and Vince Gabriele – "Hooked on Speedman"


Chris Charney – "Wild Cherry"


Martin Gero and Aaron Abrams – "Young People Fucking"


Jason Jones and Mike Beaver – "Coopers Camera"


Direction, Film

Martin Gero – "Young People Fucking"


Michelle Ouellet – "Hooked on Speedman"


Mark Sanders – "Boyfriend Latte"


Warren P. Sonoda – "Coopers Camera"

3 thoughts on “Canadian Comedy Awards – Nominees announced, let the voting begin…”

  1. Awesome what a great bunch of nominees and my three faves from video on trial! Wish I lived close enough to Saint John to go :(

  2. I have never heard of a single one of these “comedians.“ I have a feeling this is true for everyone else in the world who is not one of the 27 people living in Canada.

  3. I mean, also this is from 12 years ago… So I’m not even sure why you are commenting on it?

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