SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, today announced the eight finalists who have earned a spot to perform at SiriusXM’s Top Comic Finale, determined by popular Canadian vote and industry judges.
The Finale, hosted by comic Ben Miner of SiriusXM’s Canada Laughs (ch. 168), will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Toronto on September 28 at 7 pm as part of JFL42. Veteran stand-up comedian Todd Barry will also take the stage for a headlining performance.
Narrowed down from 60 contestants to eight, the finalists will bring their best material to the live competition in hopes of winning over the panel of judges to nab the Top Comic title and $25,000 grand prize. The winner will also receive a guaranteed spot at three of Canada’s biggest comedy festivals in 2018: JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, which includes a spot in the Montreal festival’s televised special JFL: All Access, airing on The Comedy Network. Two runners up will also receive televised spots at the 2018 Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, as well as a co-headlining show at JFL42 2018.
“I can always feel the energy and excitement at the Finale — it’s my favourite event of the year,” said Ben Miner. “The $25,000 prize and trio of festival gigs can be career-changing for these comics, and it’s absolutely exhilarating to see a live performance with so much on the line.”
The 2017 SiriusXM Top Comic finalists are:
Kyle Bottom (Hometown: Vancouver)
Graham Chittenden (Hometown: Brantford)
Gavin Matts (Hometown: New Westminster)
Kathleen McGee (Hometown: Edmonton)
Sterling Scott (Hometown: Edmonton)
Michelle Shaughnessy (Hometown: Toronto)
Ana-Marija Stojic (Hometown: Toronto)
Kelly Taylor (Hometown: Prince Albert)
Finale headliner Todd Barry is a stand-up comedian and actor dubbed by Vogue Magazine as “one of the funniest comics working today.” Simon and Schuster released his first book, Thank You For Coming to Hattiesburg earlier this year, receiving praise from some of the industry’s top comics. He’s had three Comedy Central specials, and his fourth, The Crowd Work Tour, (produced by Louis C.K.) was released to rave reviews on Netflix. His popular podcast, The Todd Barry Podcast, has reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Podcast charts.
Tickets for the SiriusXM Top Comic Finale and JFL42 can be purchased online. JFL42 passholders have access to the Finale by using one of their credits to reserve the show.
For those outside of Toronto, Canada Laughs (ch. 168) will air the Finale live, starting with a pre-show at 6 pm ET. Satellite radio subscribers who have access to SiriusXM Streaming can listen to the Finale on Canada Laughs on the SiriusXM App and online at siriusxm.ca.