Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival

Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival

July 26, 2012 14:00 ET

"Best of the Fest" Hosted by Alan Thicke Added to Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival Lineup

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 26, 2012) - The Canadian Comedy Awards Foundation in association with The Comedy Network are pleased to announce that Canadian icon Alan Thicke will host The Best of the Fest at the Randolph Theatre (formerly Bathurst Street Theatre) Saturday, Aug. 25 at 8:30pm, featuring some of Canada's best stand-up talent including Nikki Payne, Kate Davis, Ron Sparks, Dave Merheje, and Pete Zedlacher.

Tickets are $37 and $50, on sale now through www.canadiancomedy.ca.

As previously announced, Thicke will also serve as host of the 13th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards (CCAs), happening Aug. 26 at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York. The CCAs will also salute Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes with a gala performance on Aug. 24 at the Imperial Room of the Fairmont Royal York, hosted by CBC's Peter Mansbridge. Plus, an all-star showcase of this year's CCA nominees takes place Aug. 23-25 at Comedy Bar.

For tickets to all events, or to vote on this year's Awards, 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.

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 www.thecomedynetwork.ca. 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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