OTTAWA BECOMES “CAPITAL OF LAUGHS” AS THE CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS FESTIVAL KICKS OFF WED. SEPT. 10

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I’m busy packing my Depends – am sure I’ll be laughing so hard, I’ll pee my pants!! – for this week’s 15th annual Canadian Comedy Awards taking place in Ottawa, Canada  http://www.canadiancomedy.ca

Over the next 5 nights, the CCAs present multiple shows in multiple clubs across the city, culminating with the handing out of the “Beaver” awards to winners in 30 categories, including the Person of the Year – this year’s nominees are: Lauren Ash, Gerry Dee, Sugar Sammy (below), Dave Foley and Nathan Fielder.

Sugar SammyOttawa Little Theatre offers great big-ticket shows Friday and Saturday featuring hosts (pictured below) Cathy Jones, Scott Thompson, Matt Baram & Naomi Snieckus, and Tom Green hosts the Awards Gala on Sunday.

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Tom Green 4And here are just a few of the performers you may see wandering thru the Byward Market (incl. home-town boy Mike MacDonald, below) or lining up for “hair of the dog” the morning after their shows:

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Hey, we even have a recent Emmy-winner nom’d for a Beaver, too!

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Have you checked out these hysterical Canadian comedy films yet?

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I’ll be starting tomorrow night at the Great Canadian Cabin for the finals for the Funniest Person in the Valley contest, created by my dear friend Rick Wharton (below)….

DSC_7463_0046hs (1) COMEDY…then after that, I’ll probably head out to cover the shows at the PPL and Velvet Room clubs, all part of the Wednesday 3Shows, 3Rooms night and possibly Yuk Yuk’s, too.  So many talented stand-up comics, improv groups, writers, directors, TV, film and web actors….what to do, who to see, where to go??? Check the website and the Facebook & Twitter social media pages frequently for Festival news and backstage pics from all the shows.

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