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It's No Joke: SiriusXM Canada Announces 45 Semi-Finalists in Its Third-Annual Canada's Next Top Comic Competition

Monday, October 03, 2011

It's No Joke: SiriusXM Canada Announces 45 Semi-Finalists in Its Third-Annual Canada's Next Top Comic Competition06:00 EDT Monday, October 03, 2011Voting at www.canadasnexttopcomic.com opens today and ends October 31TORONTO, Oct. 3, 2011 /CNW/ -They came, they made them laugh, but who will conquer?  SiriusXM Canada, the country's leading audio entertainment company, today announced the 45 semi-finalists in its popular Canada's Next Top Comic contest.During the month of September, SiriusXM Canada criss-crossed the country, holding auditions in eight Canadian cities at Rumors Comedy Club, Lafflines Comedy Club and Yuk Yuks Comedy Clubs, to locate some of the country's top comedic talent."We knew Canada had a lot of funny people working hard to hone their craft for their big break and they did not disappoint," said Jeff Leake, Programming Director, SiriusXM Canada. "This year we had over 700 people submit original material - 10 times more than last year - which confirms for us that so many talented Canadian comedians are working hard to jump to the next level in their careers. Throughout this whole experience, SiriusXM Canada has been committed to supporting comedy in Canada, ensuring it receives the support and opportunities it deserves."Starting today and until October 31, Canadians can visit www.canadasnexttopcomic.com to view and vote for their favourite semi-finalist. Canadians can also use the hashtag #TopComic to spread the word on Twitter and join the Canada's Next Top Comic conversation."This is when the competition really starts to heat up and I'm really excited to see who gets through and what the comics are willing to do to get people to vote for them," said Matt O'Brien, last year's Canada's Next Top Comic winner.  "It might seem weird promoting yourself but this round you really have to have confidence in your material and keep your eye on the prize."The 45 semi-finalists will be whittled down to 11 finalists - one from each audition night - as selected by the public and two wild card entries chosen by SiriusXM's panel of judges. Each finalist will receive a $1,000 travel grant from SiriusXM Canada to travel to Toronto and compete live at the Tuesday, November 15 Canada's Next TopComic gala, hosted by Matt O'Brien, where the winner will be announced.  SiriusXM Canada listeners will be able to catch the gala live on Laugh Attack 160.Vote for Your Favourite Semi-FinalistHead to www.canadasnexttopcomic.com until October 31 to listen to the semi-finalists' auditions and then register your vote.About Yuk Yuk'sYuk Yuk's is Canada's national chain of comedy clubs with clubs from coast to coast. Founded by Canadian icon Mark Breslin, Yuk Yuk's has the best and the funniest comics around. Alumni include Howie Mandel, Jim Carrey, Norm MacDonald, Harland Williams, Rick Moranis, Russell Peters, and many more. Many of our performers have appeared in major comedy specials on CBC, CTV and The Comedy Network as well as at prestigious comedy festivals such as Montreal's "Just for Laughs", Halifax's "HA Fest" and "The CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival".About SiriusXM Canada SiriusXM Canada (TSX: XSR) is the country's leading audio entertainment company and broadcasts more than 120 satellite radio channels featuring premier sports, news, talk, entertainment and commercial-free music. SiriusXM Canada offers an array of content from the most recognized news and entertainment brands as well as from professional sports leagues including the NHL, NFL, MLB and CFL.SiriusXM programming is available on a variety of devices including pre-installed and after-market radios in cars, trucks and boats, smartphones and mobile devices, and consumer electronics products for homes and offices. Sirius XM programming is also available online at www.sirius.ca and www.xmradio.ca and on Apple, BlackBerry and Android-powered mobile devices.SiriusXM Canada has partnerships with every major automaker and its radio products are available at more than 3,000 retail locations nationwide.About Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. operates as SiriusXM Canada. For more about SiriusXM Canada please visit www.sirius.ca or www.xmradio.ca. To find out more about Canadian Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. visit: www.xmradio.ca/about/.For further information: Briana D'Archi Environics Communications 416 969 2671 bdarchi@environicspr.com