Canadian Comedy Awards Festival

Canadian Comedy Awards Festival

June 13, 2013 08:44 ET

14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Nominees Announced

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - June 13, 2013) -

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The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence presenters of the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival is pleased to announce the 2013 Annual Canadian Comedy Awards (CCAs) nominees.

At a NXNE partnered event last night at Yuk Yuks - Toronto, host Peter Anthony declared this year's top talents in 29 award categories recognizing achievement and excellence in Canadian Comedy over the past year. Peter himself delightfully learned he's in the running for this year's Best Male Stand-Up category. This is his first nomination since taking home the "beaver" for Best New Stand Up in 2008.

All winning "beavers" will be handed out at a live awards ceremony at Centrepoint Theatre in Ottawa on Sunday, October 6th, the culminating event for the 14th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards Festival (Oct. 3-6, 2013).

Leading in nominations this year with nods in each of the five film categories (Best Direction in a Feature, Best Writing in a Feature, Best Male Performance in a Feature, Best Female Performance in a Feature and Best Feature Film) are Please Kill Mr. Know it All and My Awkward Sexual Adventure, each of which took home six nominations while Dead Before Dawn 3D walked away with five.

Popular web series Space Janitors received four nominations in total including Best Web Series, Best Direction in a TV or Web Series, Best Ensemble Performance in a TV or Web Series and Best Male Performance in a TV or Web Series for first time nominee Scott Yamamura.

CityTV's own Seed also earned multiple nominations including three for Best Writing in a TV or Web Series, with one each for Joseph Raso and Mark Farrell individually and an additional writing nomination collectively.

Comedy Person of the Year is awarded to Canada's top comedy performer, as voted on by the public. Nominees for 2013 are: Lauren Ash, Colin Mochrie, Gerry Dee, Sugar Sammy and Steve Patterson.

The complete list of 2013 CCA nominees in all 29 categories is available at

Select CCA categories are voted on by the public, with the remainder voted on by industry voters and by CCFE Board selection. Public online voting begins June 14, 2013, however interested voters may register now at

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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