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 Roman Mancini.
Mancini is a Vancouver-based comedian, whose laidback performances feature a mix of improvisation and well-crafted material. He brings an eclectic style to every show and has delighted audiences from coast to coast. A past nominee for Best MC at the Ottawa Comedy Awards, Mancini has performed across Canada, the U.S., and Asia, and recently appeared at the Tall Tree Music Festival.
Georgia Straight: How long have you been doing standup for?
Roman Mancini: Since May 2014.
GS: What’s your pre-show ritual?
RM: Go to the bathroom a lot.
GS: What’s your favourite comedy venue in the city?
RM: Little Mountain Gallery (195 East 26th Avenue), though if we're talkin' all of Canada, it's a toss-up between that one and the Yuk Yuk's in Ottawa.
GS: Why should people vote for you to advance to the final round of Canada's Top Comic?
RM: There's a ton of great talent in this competition and people should vote for who they think is best. If that's me, cool. If not, also cool.
GS: What would you do with the $25,000 if you won?
RM: More counselling. Also, travel to India, make a modest charitable contribution, and put the rest in the bank.
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.