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. Today, we meet Tim Nutt.
Nutt doesn't just tell jokes—he tells funny stories with jokes and has been getting away with it for just over 20 years. He pushes comedy to explosive new levels and dimensions. Expertly exploring the hilarity in everyday life, he delights audiences with his bizarre concepts and twisted viewpoints, combining one-liners and crafty storytelling.
Nutt has performed at comedy festivals all over the world, including the now defunct Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Just For Laughs in Montreal, the Halifax Comedy Festival, and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He's often described as a consummate storyteller and entertainer, not unlike his comedy heroes, Billy Connolly and George Carlin.
Georgia Straight: How long have you been doing standup for?
Tim Nutt: Started in '93 in Vancouver. So, 25 years. I think I’m the old guy in the group.
GS: What’s your pre-show ritual?
TN: Don’t really have any. Show up to the gig mostly.
GS: What’s your favourite comedy venue in the city?
TN: Kind of a tie between a few comedy clubs—I'd rather not have any of them upset with me.
GS: Why should people vote for you to advance to the final round of Canada's Top Comic?
TN: Hopefully, because they think I'm funny. I want to win, but in the spirit of the contest, I want people to watch all the clips and decide who they like the best.
GS: What would you do with the $25,000 if you won?
TN: Robots and Lego. And maybe a small credit-card payment.
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.