After an exciting Fresh Meat showcase featuring twenty competitors, five of Toronto’s best up-and-coming comedians have been chosen as finalists for the coveted Tim Sims Encouragement Award. And now it’s time for the final showdown: Cream of Comedy 2014. On Monday, October 27 at Second City Toronto, each act will perform in front of a live audience, and oh yes, a jury. By evening’s end, one grand prizewinner will walk away with a $5,000 cheque and a giant push for their career in comedy.
Presented by The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund (TSEF) and The Second City, the 19th annual Cream of Comedy is proud to announce its 2014 nominees: Sam Burns, Caitlin Langelier, Moist Theatre, Brendan Pinto, and Jeremy Woodcock.
“Just as our past winners and nominees have become today’s big names in comedy, this year’s Tim Sims Award nominees promise to be the comedy stars of tomorrow!” notes Lindsay Leese, Founder and Director of the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund. “With the third decade of the Tim Sims Encouragement Award on the horizon, our next chapter will see a transition to a new way of recognizing outstanding up-and-coming comedic talent which will sustain the Tim Sims Award for many more decades to come.”
The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund (www.TimSims.com) supports and promotes promising comedic performers in the early stages of their careers. The TSEF was established in 1995 in memory of comedian Tim Sims, well known for his brilliant talent and his dedication to supporting new talent.
Sam Burns: Sam is a young stand-up comedian with the energy and charisma of a Golden Retriever. He won the Funniest Kid in the GTA competition, and received the Mark Breslin award for Stand-Up Excellence. Sam is a graduate of Humber College’s Comedy Writing and Performance Program. He has performed at Yuk Yuks Vaughn and Toronto, Absolute Comedy, NXNE, and CBC Studios.
Caitlin Langelier: Caitlin is the winner of three Nobel Peace Prizes in the category of Best Dressed (source: Caitlin Langelier), and has been “tearing it up” since moving from BC at age 18. She has appeared in various Toronto Pride events, The Brantford Comedy Festival, The Cottage Country Comedy Festival, and on CBC Connects. She is also the winner of the Eugene Levy Writing Award and Bite TV Sketch Award, and has opened for legendary performers such as Laurie Elliot, Dave Thomas, and Ron James. Also, Martin Short came to her show once and said he “enjoyed it very much,” when cornered.
Moist Theatre: Moist Theatre’s unique blend of short- and long-form improv has garnered them laughs since 2012, when they made their first sold-out appearance at the Big City Improv Festival. Since then, the troupe has performed at comedy events, schools, and fundraisers across Ontario. Moist Theatre began producing shows at Comedy Bar in January 2014, which has allowed them to stage a number of original shows, including Dark Ages, Intergalactic, Stranded and Guns A-Blazin’. Current members include Carson Gale, Ben McCutchen, Cliff Murphy and Colin Murphy.
Brendan Pinto: Brendan is a stand-up comedian who has performed at scores of open mics across Toronto these past two years. He wouldn’t be funny were he not given the chance to bomb at ‘The Skin of my Nuts’ comedy show with Vandad Khardar, or at ‘The Game’ with Nick Martinello, or at ‘Open Mic at Oss’ with Michelle Christine and Shirley Whalen, or at ‘Sirens Comedy’ with Marc Hallworth and Mike Kellet, or at ‘Kissing Girls Comedy’ with Merv Hartlan and Nigel Grinstead. Oh, and he also got to headline ‘Mad Laughs’ at the Madison with Gary Mackenzie. So there’s that.
Jeremy Woodcock: A stand-up/sketch comedian and comedy writer, Jeremy has written and performed with the sketch troupes The Sketchersons and Rulers of the Universe. He also co-created the popular video Finding Bessarion. These days, Jeremy’s been making a full go at stand-up comedy. He also enjoys writing jokes on at his Twitter account, @jwPencilAndPad.
The CREAM OF COMEDY 2014 is slated for Monday, October 27, 2014 at The Second City Theatre, 51 Mercer Street, Toronto. Tickets are $20.00 each, for more information call 416-343-0011 or www.secondcity.com.