Competition Heats Up as SiriusXM Canada Names Next Top Comic Finalists

Aug 28, 2013, 10:45 ET from SiriusXM Canada

  • The top seven comics who received the most votes plus one Wild Card will move on to the finals of SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic
  • Comics will take the stage at the opening night of Just For Laughs JFL42 Festival in Toronto to open for headliner Colin Quinn and a chance to win $15,000 and the title of SiriusXM's Next Top Comic
  • Show to be broadcast live on SiriusXM's Canada Laughs, channel 168

TORONTO, Aug. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR), the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the top seven finalists and one Wild Card choice in its fourth annual search for SiriusXM's Next Top Comic. As chosen by Canadians, the seven finalists and one Wild Card finalist will be brought to Toronto to open for Colin Quinn and participate in a comedy showdown at Just For Laughs' JFL42. The best act of the night will win a grand prize of $15,000 and the title of SiriusXM's Next Top Comic.

"The audition tour was a blast and we had a chance to meet so many talented Canadians," said Ben Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM's Canada Laughs channel. "It was tough, but the country has chosen the best up-and-coming comics Canada has to offer. We're very proud to be able to support Canadian comics with our involvement in the JFL42 Festival and through our Canadian comedy channel, Canada Laughs."

After receiving hundreds of video submissions from comics across the country, 84 participants were selected by SiriusXM to audition live in comedy clubs in Calgary, Halifax, Kitchener, Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Winnipeg. Twenty-one semi-finalists were selected, and Canadians were invited to vote online to choose a frontrunner from each city.

The seven finalists, plus one Wild Card will go on before headliner Colin Quinn takes the stage on the opening night of JFL42 on September 19, 2013 at 10:30 p.m. at Second City. The winner will be chosen by an all-star panel of comedy judges, to be introduced at the show.

Tickets can be purchased at SiriusXM subscribers can also tune in to catch live coverage of the showdown on Canada Laughs, channel 168.


John Beuhler
Vancouver, BC
Alan Cho
Calgary, AB
Jordan Welwood
Winnipeg, MB
Rob Bebenek
Kitchener, ON
Chris Locke
Toronto, ON
Eman El-Husseini
Montreal, QC
Brian Aylward
Halifax, NS
Pete Zedlacher
Kitchener, ON (Wild Card)

Previous winners of SiriusXM Canada's Next Top Comic contest include Eric Andrews (2011), Matt O'Brien (2010) and Brian Stollery (2009).

About SiriusXM Canada
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About JFL42
Established in 2012 and now in its second year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Just For Laughs. Developed with a mandate to celebrate the most hilarious, innovative, riveting and relevant comedy experiences in the world with Toronto audiences, JFL42's unique interactive pass-based ticketing and reservation system makes it the first comedy festival of its kind. In addition to JFL42, Just For Laughs has produced the world's largest comedy festival in Montreal for the past 30 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney (Australia), Nantes (France), and has partnered with TBS to present a Very Funny Festival: Just For Laughs in Chicago.

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