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Canada's a funny country and the world got another demonstration of that fact yesterday when more than 100 individuals and troupes were nominated in the 22 award categories for the 1999-2000 Canadian Comedy Awards. Seemingly every aspect of the yuk biz got covered in the nominations -- best director of an existing play, best writer of an original comedy film, best new comedic sketch troupe, best female comedic improviser -- so it's going to be the start of a long evening April 6 when the award show's host, SCTV alumnus Dave Thomas, takes the stage at Toronto's Masonic Temple.

Some of the nominees you may recognize are: Mike Myers (two nominations, for acting in and writing The Spy Who Shagged Me),Mary Walsh (best female performance in a TV comedy), Sean Cullen (best writing in a television comedic episode or special), Jim Carrey (best actor, for Man on the Moon)and Teresa Pavlinek (two nominations, for best female performance in a TV comedy and best female improviser in a live setting).

While the organizers have covered the areas of stage, TV, film and live comedy for this year's fete, they didn't include any categories for humorous stuff published in books, magazines and newspapers. And what about the funniest show on a Canadian Web site and best comedy CD? Let's hope these omissions are rectified for the 2000-2001 event. If the Gemini Awards honouring the best in Canadian TV can run over two or three nights, so can the Canadian Comedy Awards. Too much of everything is just enough.

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A complete list of this year's comedy nominees can be found on the Web at: http://www.canadiancomedyawards.com

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