OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwired) -- 08/26/13 -- The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence is pleased to announce that Alan Thicke, Tom Green, This is That, Jeremy Hotz and Harland Williams are among many great Canadian talents scheduled to appear at the the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival taking place in Ottawa from October 3-6, 2013 at four different venues across the city.
Festivities will kick off on Thursday, October 3rd with a special live episode of Best Radio Program/Clip nominee CBC's This is That featuring Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring in the studio space at Centrepointe Theatre.
Previous Canadian Comedy Award winners Nikki Payne and Sean Cullen will be joined by Best Male Stand-Up nominee Mark Forward, Harland Williams and host Alan Thicke for The Canadian Comedy All-Star Show on Friday, October 4th, 2013 on the Centrepointe Mainstage.
In addition to the Canadian Comedy All-Star show, on Saturday, October 5th, 2013, Centrepointe will house some of Ottawa's finest home-grown talent in The Ottawa Show. Showcasing just how growing up in Ottawa makes you so hilarious. The Ottawa Show features stand-up comedy by Jon Dore, Tom Green, Mike MacDonald, Best Female-Stand-Up nominee Rebecca Kohler and Jeremy Hotz.
A portion of the shows proceeds will go towards "Mike MacDonald's Comeback Fund".
Each night of the Festival will also feature showcases by nominees in seven of the live performance categories for Sketch, Improv, Stand-Up and Comedic Play/Revue/Series plus the Festival's first ever all French language stand-up show on Saturday October 5th. Noteable nominees scheduled to appear include: DeAnne Smith (Best Female Stand- Up); Graham Kay (Best Breakout Artist); Peter Anthony (Best Male Stand-Up); The Sunday Service (Best Improv Troupe) The Second City and The Sketchersons (Best Sketch Troupe)
Showcases will take place at the studio at Centrepointe Theatre plus Canadian Comedy Awards partnered venues Yuk Yuks (292 Elgin St) and Arts Court (2 Daly Ave).
Capping off the four day festival, star of the hit CTV series Satisfaction, Ryan Belleville will host a live awards ceremony on Sunday October 6th, 2013 at Centrepointe.
For more information, show schedules and ticket information please visit www.canadiancomedy.ca
About the Canadian Comedy Awards
Since 2000, the Canadian Comedy Awards (CCAs) have awarded over 250 "Beaver" statues to projects and artists for their excellence in live performance, film, television, radio, and internet categories. Leading up to the Awards, a multi-day Festival featuring performances by nominated artists brings the very best in Canadian comedy to the CCA's host city. The CCAs are administered by the Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence (CCFE), a non-profit organization whose mandate is to "recognize, celebrate and promote Canadian achievements in comedy at home and abroad". The CCAs are one of the CCFE's core activities to accomplish its mission.
Canada is renowned for producing the best comedy performers, directors and writers in the world and the Canadian Comedy Awards Festival has become the event to salute and showcase the best of the year. The Festival acknowledges a definitive group of Canadian artists by presenting "The Beaver" to the best in: Live, Film, Television, Radio and Internet categories. It is a unique vehicle to salute Canadian artistic excellence.
This event has been financially assisted by The Celebrate Ontario Signature Grant program, a program of the Government of Ontario through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport.
About the Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence (CCFE)
A Not-For-Profit dedicated solely to the advancement of Canadian comedy, The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence was incorporated in 2003.
From 2003-2010, the CCFE functioned to apply and receive funding to produce a National Awards Show and Festival. The board of CCFE expanded in 2008 and again in 2011. In 2010, funding through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund enabled the organization to promote Canadian comedy via a touring exhibit.
Funding provided by the Government of Ontario
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