The nation has been scoured, the contestants have been whittled down, and now it’s up to the public to help select who will make the final round of SiriusXM's Canada’s Top Comic. Announced on September 27 following a live standup showdown in Toronto, the winner of the annual comedy competition will nab $25,000, a Bell TV taping, and coveted slots at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver, and JFL Sydney.
The title was won by Vancouver's Gavin Matts in 2017, and of the 18 semi-finalists in 2018's Top Comic contest, six are from Vancouver—and with your votes, we can keep the crown in the city.
To help you in your voting, we're introducing you to the funnymen and women repping Vancouver in this year's Top Comic competition, beginning with Sophie Buddle.
Buddle is a Vancouver-based comedian, so her hair is often frizzy from the rain and she can't afford a car. She has somehow managed to do festivals all over the country, including JFL NorthWest, JFL42, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She is a regular on CBC's The Debaters, and, along with the aforementioned Matts, runs the local comedy show Barely Legal, which earned Best Monthly Show at the first-ever Vancouver Comedy Awards. Buddle is also trying to launch a podcast, but the process is super complicated and she would love some help with it.
Georgia Straight: How long have you been doing standup for?
Sophie Buddle: Eight years now, yikes!
GS: Why should people vote for you to advance to the final round of Canada's Top Comic?
SB: Because my mom can only vote for me so many times on her iPad, and I really need more than that if I want to move forward!
GS: What’s your pre-show ritual?
SB: I hold hands with every member of the audience for 45 minutes each to create an unbreakable bond.
GS: What’s your favourite comedy venue in the city?
GS: What would you do with the $25,000 if you won?
SB: I would donate it all to charity—obviously kidding, don’t worry. I would get my American Visa and probably take my boyfriend on a cute vacation somewhere. And possibly a nose job, too, if there is money leftover.
Public voting to determine the semi-finalists in the 2018 SiriusXM Canada's Top Comic competition is open online until August 17 at midnight. The six comedians who receive the most votes, as well as two wildcards, will advance to the final round in Toronto on September 27, when the winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.