Many people remember Brian Aylward from his viral “I’m in a Pothole” video, mocking the state of streets in St. John’s. Others know he’s set a world record for stand-up during the HBC Fest, when he performed 21 different 10-minute sets at 21 different venues, and no joke: it was all different material.
Now he’s found himself on the 5-person shortlist for “Best Stand-up Comic” at the 2016 Canadian Comedy Awards, as the only Newfoundlander in the running.
The CCAs are an annual national awards ceremony celebrating Canadian comedians for achievements in live, TV, film, radio and web comedy. 2016 is the 17th annual for the CCAs.
Last year, NL made a fine haul at the CCAs, with How to Be Deadly winning best feature film, and This Hour Has 22 Minutes swept Best Show / Writing / Direction. Other locals like Shaun Majumder and Jordan Canning won in various categories.
This year, Brian’s representing us solo, among some heavy hitters in his Stand-up Comic category, like Darrin Rose, who has been on CBS’s Late Show more than once, Debra DiGiovanni, a 3-time winner in this very CCA category, and Lori Gibbs — winner of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival .
The calibre of contenders for various Canadian Comedy Awards is impressive. Folks Kenny Hotz (Kenny Vs Spenny), the crew from Schitt’s Creek, and the pack from Trailer Park Boys are all in the running in various categories.
To vote for Brian, or another shortlistee, click here. Anyone can vote, and voting ends October 16th at 11:59pm EDT.