Published on October 11th, 2011 | by Sharilyn Johnson


Canadian Comedy Awards: Do it up!

It’s that time of year again, folks! The Canadian Comedy Awards are in Toronto.

Yes, Toronto again. What happened to last year’s talk of takin’ this party to Ottawa? No idea. But we’re moving on and getting ready for a jam-packed week of shows and panels in the centre of the comedy universe (I don’t actually believe that; I’m just trying to poke Bill Brownstein’s journalistic hornet’s nest).

The nominees in the live categories will be performing throughout the week at venues around the city, but primarily at Comedy Bar where there’s to be a brand spankin’ new cabaret space where the rehearsal room was. Now, your dear editor was at Comedy Bar on Saturday, and the old walls were still standin’. So there’s a possibility that tonight’s pre-fest visit will play out like a bit of a Trading Spaces episode. (There may be tears over the fireplace. Obscure Paige Davis references, anyone? No? Hmph.)

Regardless: it’s an exciting week of shows ahead, plus the daytime events at the Delta Chelsea. Regular readers know how much we love a good panel, and this year’s CCAs will be no exception. The three sessions on Saturday promise to be stellar: Web Comedy, Prose Humor, and How To Get Out of Development.

More details on those, and the whole week’s schedule, can be found at canadiancomedy.ca.

Some of the events will be covered here on Third Beat, but get this: your faithful editor is the secret behind-the-scenes Tweeter for the CCAs this year. Shhh, don’t tell anyone! Follow me… er, follow the CCAs at @canadiancomedy for all the updates.


About the Author

is the author of the book Bears & Balls: The Colbert Report A-Z. Called "one of the city’s most discriminating comedy critics” by NOW Magazine, Sharilyn has been covering comedy for longer than she cares to admit. She served as the comedy reporter for Winnipeg's Uptown Magazine for five years, and was the host of the radio show Laugh Tracks for three seasons. Her work has also appeared in the Toronto Star, the Winnipeg Free Press, The Apiary, and on CBC Radio's national comedy programs LOL and Definitely Not the Opera.

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