SiriusXM has announced the final eight names in the Top Comic competition, with a list that includes three Vancouver-based talents. Kathleen McGee, Gavin Matts, and Kyle Bottom will travel to Toronto perform at JFL42 on September 28, in a final showcase featuring headliner Todd Barry.
A panel of judges will determine the winnder of the $25,000 grand prize, as well as guaranteed spots at JFL42 in Toronto, JFL Northwest in Vancouver, and Just for Laughs in Montreal. Two runners-up will also receive spots at Just for Laughs in Montreal and coheadlining spots at JFL42 in Toronto—where Vancouver comedian Sophie Buddle and last year’s runner-up will be performing this year.
McGee, Matts, and Bottom nabbed their spots in the final eight after auditioning with 60 other comedians in Vancouver and Toronto. Eventually narrowed down to a pool of eighteen semi-finalists, a Canada-wide vote determined the top six, and industry judges selected the final two.
McGee is a veteran performer of over 10 years, recognizable from shows around the city. She also hosts a podcast Kathleen McGee is a Hot Mess, where she chats with an eclectic, rotating cast of Vancouver talent.