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Press release from CNW Group

SiriusXM Canada Introduces Eric Andrews: Canada's Next Top Comic 2011

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SiriusXM Canada Introduces Eric Andrews: Canada's Next Top Comic 201107:22 EST Wednesday, November 16, 2011Toronto resident achieves Canadian comedic supremacy winning SiriusXM Canada's third annual competitionTORONTO, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - After months of auditioning some of the best comedic talent the country has to offer, SiriusXM Canada named Toronto, Ontario's Eric Andrews Canada's Next Top Comic 2011 at last night's gala event at Yuk Yuk's in Toronto. Not only does Andrews win bragging rights throughout the coming year, he takes home a cash prize of $10,000.A panel of judges including Yuk Yuk's Mark Breslin, SiriusXM Canada's Joe Thistel, The Royal Canadian Air Farce's Craig Lauzon, the CBC's Chris Straw and The Imponderables' Dave Brennan watched all 11 performances before voting Andrews the winner."I'm flabbergasted - just through the roof about winning," said Eric Andrews. "I didn't think I was going to win. All the comics who were in the finals were great and I really respect them all. I'd definitely like to thank my Mom and my girlfriend - they are tremendous - as well as Yuk Yuk's for giving me the opportunity to become a better comic and most definitely to SiriusXM Canada for putting on an amazing competition and showcasing some of Canada's top comics. I'm really looking forward to working with them in the future. But still I can't believe I won!" Over 700 comedic hopefuls entered the competition as SiriusXM criss-crossed the country in September.  Auditions were held in eight Canadian cities at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Clubs, Rumors Comedy Club and Lafflines Comedy Club to locate some of the country's top comedic talent.  Forty-five semi-finalists were selected before Canadians voted online for the 11 finalists who travelled to Toronto for the gala hosted by last year's winner Matt O'Brien."What a great night for Canadian comedy," said Jeff Leake, Programming Director, SiriusXM Canada.  "Canada's Next Top Comic proves there are a lot of aspiring comedians in this country trying to get a big break and SiriusXM Canada is proud to provide them with the opportunity to showcase their skills and get the attention they deserve."SiriusXM Canada listeners will be able to catch a rebroadcast of the gala on Laugh Attack 160 on Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 a.m. and Sunday, November 20 at 6:00 a.m.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 and entertainment shows including Laugh Attack, Raw Dog Comedy, The Foxxhole and Blue Collar Radio as well as 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.Image with caption: "Eric Andrews had the last laugh as the Toronto comedian beat out 700 competitors to be named SiriusXM's Canada's Next Top Comic at a gala in Toronto on Tuesday night. Andrews takes home a $10,000 cash prize from the third-annual competition. (CNW Group/SiriusXM Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20111116_C6301_PHOTO_EN_6742.jpgFor further information: Briana D'Archi Environics Communications 416 969 2671 bdarchi@environicspr.com