Just for Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition
And the winner is...
...K. Trevor Wilson.
His deal: The self-described "man-mountain of comedy" does sketch in Toronto with a troupe called "Smells Like th 80s." He's been on A&E's Breakout Kings and Showcase's Billable Hours, and he's clearly comfortable on-stage and in church. I liked his slower speed and definitely agreed with the judges' verdict.
So there are people from Just for Laughs who, from November to May of last year traveled across Canada in search of the funniest stand-ups. They must see a lot of bad shows and miss a lot of good ones, but the gems they do see come together in this one night. The winner and runner-up don't get any money but they do get more stage time at the Just for Laughs festival, meaning more chances to impress bookers and agents and industry professionals of all stripes.
The runner-up of the night was Eddie Della Siepe. He placed second (again) in the Great Canadian Laugh Off last year, so maybe 2013 will see him take home the gold at his next comedy event. He has a tough man to take down in the man-mountain, though. He's also the polar opposite, being louder, faster, and a little higher pitched than gruff K. Trevor Wilson.
Eman with some practical summer advice
Other comedians in the compeition included Andrew Bush (you may remember him from his Street Cents days); Montreal based Eman, who runs the Boom! Best of Open Mix night at Coedyworks in Montreal the last Sunday of every month; Kyle Bottom; Rebecca Kohler; twitchy and intentionally awkward Bobby Mair; Ryan McMahon; and Sterling Scott. The night was hosted by past winner and Just for Laughs Gala performer, Mark Forward. He did a good job pumping up the audience for each performer, who seemed in general a bit less at ease than the all-American "New Faces of Comedy" a few nights before. But if in six years they can tell a musical joke about two chipmunks and some rotten peanuts half as well as Forward, they'll be doing alright.