TORONTO – Last night, SiriusXM Canada, the country’s leading audio entertainment company, pronounced Adam Christie of Cambridge as the winner of the 10th annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition during JFL42. Along with receiving the coveted Top Comic title, Christie took home the grand prize of $25,000; guaranteed performances at four Just For Laughs festivals – JFL Sydney (Australia), JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver) and Just for Laughs Montreal – and inclusion in a JFL television taping.
The two runners-up – Sophie Buddle of Ottawa and Ola Dara of Vancouver – will each receive a cash prize of $2,500 in addition to performances in 2020 at JFL42, JFL NorthWest and Just For Laughs Montreal.
“It was a privilege to compete against this hilarious group comedians for SiriusXM Top Comic,” said Christie. “The high caliber of talent of the competitors set the bar really high and it’s a huge compliment to be selected as the winner. Thank you to everyone who voted for me!”
The roar of laughter filled Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre as 10 SiriusXM Top Comic Finalists battled for the grand prize, bringing their best material to impress a respected panel of industry judges and the audience, both in-person and tuning in live via SiriusXM’s Just For Laughs Canada (ch. 168). The judges and a nationwide audience text-to-vote determined the winner.
The 2018 competition winner, JUNO Award-nominated comic Chanty Marostica, performed an opening set with award-winning Canadian comedian DeAnne Smith, headlining the Finale; hosted by Canadian comic and SiriusXM personality, Ben Miner.
“We’re proud to offer comics a national platform that highlights the incredible depth of talent prevalent in the Canadian comedy industry,” said Miner. “Over the past decade we have seen many exceptional Canadian talents compete on the Top Comic stage, and the electrifying performances by the 10 finalists were no exception. I don’t envy the judges and audience for the tough decision they had to make. Congratulations to Adam on a well-deserved win.”
The Finale was a culmination of a six-month journey for Christie. After hundreds of comics from across Canada applied to compete, 60 contestants were selected to audition in Toronto or Vancouver over six nights. Judges then selected 18 semi-finalists to participate in a Canada-wide online vote, with 10 Finalists moving forward to last night’s finale.
The Top Comic competition is part of SiriusXM Canada’s ongoing initiatives to provide exposure to Canadian talent. Previous winners include Chanty Marostica (2018, Winnipeg), Gavin Matts (2017, Vancouver), Chris Robinson (2016, Toronto), Derek Seguin (2015, Montreal), Faisal Butt (2014, Montreal), Pete Zedlacher (2013, Wawa), Eric Andrews (2012, Brampton), Matt O’Brien (2011, Toronto) and Brian Stollery (2010, Calgary).
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