JFL NorthWest has just announced the winners of the second annual Vancouver Comedy Awards, and local standup artist Graham Clark has earned five of the prizes, including the coveted title of best local headliner.
Clark has also nabbed awards for best local host/MC, best Twitter account, best crowd work, and best "comedy parent". The podcast he runs with Dave Shumka, Stop Podcasting Yourself, also won for its category.
Local funnyman Charlie Demers also received several nods, including an award for "most enlightening provocateur" and best Youtube clip for his Taco Nazi bit. In the extended joke from his Fatherland album, he barely contains his outrage for a dude with white-supremacist tattoos ordering Mexico's tastiest dish.
On the joke front, Vancouver's Sophie Buddle takes the prize for best dirty joke and Aaron Read nabbed the prize for best clean joke (as well as for "most lovable" laugh-getter). Meanwhile, Ivan Decker earns best joke for his riff on Cream of Wheat.
Steev Letts drew the spotlight as breakout artist of the year.
The awards cover sketch, improv, and podcast genres as well. The Sunday Service at the Fox Cabaret won for best weekly show, as well as best improv group, while Caitlin Howden won top billing for best improviser. Brunch Comedy won for best sketch troupe. The Lady Show took the prize for best variety show.
See the full list of awards below:
Favourite Comedy Room: Little Mountain Gallery
Best Show For First Timers: Komedy at Kino
Most Likely to Ask for a Pen: Ryan Williams
Best Crowd Work: Graham Clark
Best Merchandise: The Lady Show
Best Comedy Podcast: Stop Podcasting Yourself
Most Likely to Offer You A Ride Home After A Show: Ryan Gunther
Best Dressed: Katie-Ellen Humphries
Best Open Mic: Komedy At Kino
Best Weekly Show: The Sunday Service at the Fox Cabaret
Best Monthly Show: Roast Battles at Little Mountain Gallery
Best Comedy Class: Blind Tiger Comedy
Best Album: Erica Sigurdson – Situational Feminist
Most Enlightening Provocateur: Charlie Demers
Most Lovable: Aaron Read
Best Comedian to Road Gig With: Chris Griffin
Best Outsiders Gig: Heckler’s Bar & Grill (Victoria, B.C.)
Best Clean Joke: Aaron Read, "Stuff You Can Do When You’re Poor"
Best Dirty Joke: Sophie Buddle, "Blow Job Cover"
Best Headshot: Racquel Belmonte
Best Instagram Account: Katie Burrell
Best Twitter Account: Graham Clark
Tweet of the year: Matty Vu, "Coming at the Same Time as Skip the Dishes"
Best Youtube Clip: Charlie Demers, "Taco Nazi"
Best Web Series: Girls Vs The City
Best Local Independent Producer: Steve Allen & Laura Acilli
Best Non-Comedian Comedy Supporter: Chantal Michaud
Best Comedy Parent: Graham Clark
Cutest Comedy Cat: Snicker’s (Shane Clark’s Cat)
Best Show Artwork: The Kino Posters
Best Local Headliner: Graham Clark
Best Local Host / MC: Graham Clark
Best Improviser: Caitlin Howden
Best Sketch Group: Brunch Comedy
Best Improv Group: The Sunday Service
Best Variety Show: The Lady Show
Toughest Act to Follow: Aaron Read
Joke of the Year: Ivan Decker, "Cream of Wheat"
Breakout Artist of the Year: Steev Letts