The Kozmik Zoo is Proud to be the host of The Sunday Service “NOW OFFICIALLY The Best Comedy Troupe in CANADA” every Sunday Night!
Our warmest Congrats to them and their fans in Vancouver!
Also Congrats to our Fav. White Trash stand up Come
Improv troupe The Sunday Service, including (from left) Ryan Beil, Taz VanRassel, Aaron Read and Emmett Hall, has built a devoted following since its inception six years ago, counting Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson among its fans.
Photograph by: Glenn Baglo, PNG , Special To The Sun
Four local groups are bringing trophies home to Vancouver from the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards in Toronto, while back in B.C. Shirley Gnome knocked out some giants at the Rio Theatre to become the People’s Champ of Comedy and win $20,000.
The Sunday Service took home top honours Sunday night as the country’s best improv troupe. Most of the group remained in Toronto after a performance there on Friday night, and were in attendance at the Concert Hall at the Fairmont Royal York. Caitlin Howden, Emmett Hall, Aaron Read, Craig Anderson and Taz VanRassel took the stage to pick up the trophy from Vancouver Theatresports improv legend, Colin Mochrie.
Ryan Beil, who had to fly back to Vancouver for work just before the ceremony, told The Vancouver Sun, “It means so much to win this award and hopefully bring some much deserved national focus to the comedy that happens out west.”
The acceptance speech was made by VanRassel who was up against Beil for best male improviser — but they both lost out to Toronto’s Matt Baram.
Vancouver troupes were also multimedia comedy champs.
CBC Radio’s Vancouver based news parody series This is That won “best radio program or clip.”
Best Podcast went to Stop Podcasting Yourself featuring Graham Clark, Davie Shumka and whoever they feel like interviewing.
Best Web Clip was awarded to the absurdly ambitious made-in-Vancouver Archie parody — Riverdale: The Archie Movie Trailer.
Meanwhile, at the Rio Theatre Saturday night Gnome was named Patrick Maliha’s new People’s Champ of Comedy.
“It was an amazingly close race,” event organizer Maliha said, “but I think Shirley just happened to have the perfect combination of humour, likeability and showmanship. I truly think this is just the beginning for her and she’s going to go on to far bigger things.”
Gnome, whose routine Saturday night included her own less subtle riff on the profound themes of the Cyndi Lauper hit, She Bop and a little ditty about offering her lover the chance to get to know her biblically in an all-new way that’s referenced in a biblical passage about Gommorah’s long lost sister-city — was a consistent crowd favourite topping vote-getters in the second semifinal round. You can check out her videos, buy her debut album Ho Down and find out what jokes we can’t quote at http://www.shirleygnome.com.
Second prize — and $2500 — went to Just for Laughs veteran John Beuhler. CBC radio vet Dan Quinn placed third and won $1000 while Jane Stanton, another Just for Laughs vet, finished fourth with a $500 prize. The other four finalists were “Hollywood Harv,” Chris Thompson, Colin Sharp and Badasskatoon.