CANADIAN COMEDY AWARDS FESTIVAL WEEK – day #1

Long day, starting with 7am alarm screaming at me to get up and outta the house to catch the 9:25am train from Union Stn, Toronto.  Pulled into Ottawa around 2:15pm and the grey clouds had followed us. But we were welcomed warmly by the lovely smiling staff at the Courtyard Marriott in the Byward Market (below).20140910_161855Publicity coordinator and Twitter goddess Jennifer and I headed out for some food – thank goodness there’s a 24hr Dunn’s across the street. Yummmm, I sucked back an all-day breakie with extra bacon. Burp! Then headed to the market to pick up some fruit for the room. I tend to have the late night nibblies so….

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…then back to hotel to get prepped for the Funniest Person in the Valley comedy finals at the Great Canadian Cabin.

20140910_193011The wonderfully funny Rick Wharton  (below striking his best rockstar pose) created the contest to discover talented newcomers and each year, it’s more and more difficult to pick a winner – tonight was no exception. Way too many brilliant, funny, rude, sassy, insightful comics took the stage…..

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Host Ben Miner (below) opened with a fantastic set before intro’ing everyone…

20140910_202556I was honoured to be asked to judge the contest (so many years working in the comedy biz) and along with my fellow judges, James Abson & Shawn Simpson from radio TSN1200, and CCA founder Tim Progosh (below)…

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…we scored each of the 13 fabulous comedians. I wanted to crown a Mr Congeniality but I was out-voted on that one. Here are all the comics apres-performance, relaxing with cocktails, beers and some schmoozing…..

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…all the time, Rick was tallying the scores.20140910_221713

…and we have a winner –  Geoff MacKay!!!

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Congrats, Geoff. I especially liked your “Aussie” impression….hmmm, bloody good show, mate.

Check out Geoff’s website: http://www.geoffmackay.ca/

There was another great show over at the Velvet Room featuring the amazing comic magician David Merry – will gather pics and report on that tomorrow morning. Now it’s time to catch up on my beauty sleep so I can tackle Ottawa media in the morning. The Marriott has great big comfortable beds…I may never get up. LOL

Thanks to the friendly staff at the Great Canadian Cabin….we’ll be going back for sure!

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