Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival

Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival

June 07, 2012 15:00 ET

2012 Canadian Comedy Awards Nominees Announced

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 7, 2012) - The Canadian Comedy Awards Foundation in association with The Comedy Network are pleased to announce the nominees for the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards (CCAs). This year's "beaver" statuettes will be handed out in a live awards show Aug. 26 at the Fairmont Royal York, capping off Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival Week (Aug. 23-26).

Leading the pack is French Immersion, nominated in all five film categories (Direction, Writing, Male Performance, Female Performance, and Best Film), and Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, with seven television nominations.

Members of Picnicface collectively earned six nominations, for their television series Picnicface and for the feature film Rollertown.

The Debaters earned four nominations across both television (Best Television Show, Best Taped Live Performance) and radio (Best Radio Program or Clip) categories.

Vancouver's Sunday Service also earned four nominations for two different formats: Best Improv Troupe, Best Male Improviser for Ryan Beil and Taz VanRassel, and Best Podcast for The Sunday Service: A Beautiful Podcast.

Comedy Person of the Year is awarded to the person who the public votes as Canada's top funny person. Nominees are: Gerry Dee, Kenny Hotz, Steve Patterson, Nikki Payne, and Martin Short.

New for 2012, The Phil Hartman Award celebrates an individual who makes the Canadian comedy community better. Nominees are: Kate Davis, Jo-Anna Downey, Joe and David Flaherty, Colin Mochrie, and Eric Toth.

The complete list of 2012 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 Board selection. Public online voting begins June 14, but voter registration is now open at

"It was tough for our juries to select just five nominees per category, and choosing the winners will be even harder. But we have complete faith in Canadian comedy fans to accept that challenge when public voting opens next Thursday," said Tim Progosh, Executive Director and President of the Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence (CCFE).

"Supporting and contributing to the comedy community in Canada is an important part of what we do at The Comedy Network," said Catherine MacLeod, Vice-President, Specialty Channels, Bell Media. "We're again looking forward to celebrating the wealth of homegrown comedic talent as the Canadian Comedy Awards rings in its 13th year."

Today, the CCAs also announced a charity partnership with Windfall, an organization that donates new clothing basic-needs items to people living in poverty. Further information about this partnership is coming soon!

The CCAs are made possible with the support of the Comedy Network, along with Gold sponsor Fairmont Hotels; Silver sponsor Yuk Yuk's; Bronze sponsors ACI, Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union, Diamond Estates, Fusion Cast, Promomedia, Steam Whistle Brewers, and Humber School of Comedy; plus the participation of the Government of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario.

About The Comedy Network

Canada's first and favourite specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, The Comedy Network broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy - as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. The Comedy Network is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE)(NYSE:BCE), Canada's largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country.

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