TORONTO – SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today revealed the eight comics who will advance to the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale. It will be a battle of the one liner as the comics go head-to-head for the coveted title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic and the grand prize of $25,000 and more. The Finale, hosted by comic Ben Miner of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs (ch.168) and featuring headlining comedian Nikki Glaser, takes place Thursday, September 27 at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre as part of JFL42 presented by SiriusXM Canada.
The 2018 SiriusXM Top Comic finalists are:
Kyle Brownrigg (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)
Sophie Buddle (Hometown—Ottawa, ON)
Brittany Lyseng (Hometown—Calgary, AB)
Myles Morrison (Hometown—Saskatoon, SK)
Chanty Marostica (Hometown—Winnipeg, MB)
Alex Pavone (Hometown—Woodbridge, ON)
Nick Reynoldson (Hometown—Scarborough, ON)
Ryan Williams (Hometown—Kamloops, BC)
“The SiriusXM Top Comic Finale has become a staple for the comedy community and an annual must-see event during JFL42,” said Miner, Canadian comic and host of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs. “There is always incredible homegrown comedic talent and this year is no exception. The Finale is bound to be high energy and of course, laugh-out-loud funny.”
Tickets for the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale can be purchased online at jfl42.com/act/siriusxm-top-comic. JFL42 pass holders have access to the Finale by using one of their credits to reserve the show.
For those unable to attend the show, Canada Laughs (ch.168) will air the Finale live, starting at 7 pm ET. The broadcast can be heard on SiriusXM radios and those with streaming access can listen online, on-the-go with the SiriusXM mobile app and at home on a wide variety of connected devices, including smart TVs, Apple TV, PlayStation, Roku, Sonos speakers and more. Visit www.SiriusXM.ca for more info.
In addition to $25,000, the grand prize winner will receive international exposure with a guaranteed spot to perform at JFL Sydney (Australia), as well as at JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver) and at Just For Laughs Montreal on aJFL TV taping airing on a Bell property in their 2019/2020 broadcast season. Plus, for the first time in the competition’s history, the two runners-up will each receive cash prizes of $2,500.
SiriusXM selected 60 of Canada’s funniest comics to take part in public auditions held over six nights in May in Torontoand Calgary. A panel of industry judges then selected three comics from each night – a total of 18 comics – to continue on in the competition as semi-finalists. A nationwide online vote determined six finalists, with two additional finalists chosen by industry judges. To view audition videos for the finalists, visit siriusxm.ca/topcomic.
Top Comic is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Last year, Gavin Mattsof New Westminster, BC took home the title and grand prize, with Sterling Scott of Edmonton, AB and Graham Chittenden of Brantford, ON as runners-up. Previous winners include Chris Robinson, Faisal Butt, Pete Zedlacher, Eric Andrews, Matt O’Brien and Brian Stollery.
Canada Laughs (ch.168) features uncensored Canadian comedy 24/7 including stand-up, sketch and more, putting the spotlight on the rich pool of extraordinary talent from Canada. Canada Laughs is available to all Sirius and XM subscribers in Canada and across the U.S. and joins SiriusXM’s hilarious comedy lineup, including Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Radio, Comedy Central Radio, SiriusXM Comedy Greats, Raw Dog Comedy, Jeff and Larry’s Comedy Roundup, Laugh USA and more.
About SiriusXM Canada
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SiriusXM Canada has been designated one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies nine years in a row and is currently a Platinum Club Member.
Established in 2012 and now in its seventh year, JFL42 is a pass-based interactive comedy Festival in Toronto created by Group 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 most prestigious comedy festival in Montreal for the past 35 years and in recent years has launched festivals in Sydney, Vancouver, and London, England.