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TORONTO,April 4 2002 --The Canadian Comedy Awards (CCA) are thrilled to
announce that the following funny folks were presented with awards that
honoured all aspects of Canadian comedy, including film, television and live
comedy. The 3rd Annual Canadian Comedy Awards were presented by The Comedy
Network and took place on Thursday, April 4th, at The Docks Nightclub in
Toronto, Canada.
    The fabulous night of frolic was hosted by the hilarious Brent Butt and
included video and in-person tributes to Frank Shuster, Comedy At Club 54 -
the longest running stand-up comic television show in the world, and Yuk
Yuk's, in honour of their 25th anniversary.
    The 'Bluma Appel That's Funny Award' was also given to each winner in the
nine live comedy categories. Sponsored by arts patron Bluma Appel, the award
included a plaque and a $1000 prize.
    The Humber College School of Comedy presented the 'Bluma Appel Humber
School of Comedy Most Promising Comedian Award' to upcoming stand-up comic and
Humber student Carl Barlow.
    The winners of the 2002 Canadian Comedy Awards were chosen by the members
of ACTRA, Directors Guild of Canada, the Writers' Guild of Canada and the
Comedy Association. The winners are as follows:

    TELEVISION

    PRETTY FUNNY FEMALE PERFORMANCE
    JANET VAN DE GRAAFF - HISTORY BITES

    PRETTY FUNNY MALE PERFORMANCE
    RICK MERCER - MADE IN CANADA

    PRETTY FUNNY WRITING - SERIES
    CATHY JONES, RICK MERCER, GREG THOMEY, MARY WALSH, LUCIANO CASIMIRI, MARK
    FARRELL, PAUL MATHER, PETER McBAIN, CHRISTIAN MURRAY, GEORGE WESTERHOLM,
    KEVIN WHITE - THIS HOUR HAS 22 MINUTES

    PRETTY FUNNY WRITING - SPECIAL OR EPISODE
    BOB MARTIN - "ALAN'S EX" - MADE IN CANADA

    PRETTY FUNNY DIRECTION - SERIES
    MICHAEL KENNEDY, T.W. PEACOCKE, STEPHEN REYNOLDS, HENRY SARWER-FONER,
    JERRY CICCORITTI - MADE IN CANADA

    PRETTY FUNNY DIRECTION - SPECIAL OR EPISODE
    HENRY SARWER-FONER - "DAMACLES WHAT A DOLL" - MADE IN CANADA


    FILM

    PRETTY FUNNY MALE PERFORMANCE
    EUGENE LEVY - AMERICAN PIE 2

    PRETTY FUNNY FEMALE PERFORMANCE
    MARY WALSH - RARE BIRDS

    PRETTY FUNNY WRITING - ORIGINAL
    KAREN WALTON - GINGERSNAPS

    PRETTY FUNNY DIRECTION
    BRUCE SWEENEY - LAST WEDDING


    LIVE COMEDY

    PRETTY FUNNY COMEDIC PLAY
    FAMILY CIRCUS MAXIMUS

    PRETTY FUNNY ONE PERSON SHOW
    EROTIC LASER SWORDFIGHT - SEAN CULLEN

    PRETTY FUNNY SKETCH TROUPE
    THE GENTLEMEN CALLERS

    PRETTY FUNNY MALE IMPROVISER
    BOB MARTIN

    PRETTY FUNNY FEMALE IMPROVISER
    JANET VAN DE GRAAFF

    PRETTY FUNNY IMPROV TROUPE
    SLAP HAPPY

    PRETTY FUNNY STAND-UP - FEMALE
    KRISTEEN von HAGEN

    PRETTY FUNNY STAND-UP - MALE
    SHAUN MAJUMDER

    PRETTY FUNNY STAND-UP - NEWCOMER
    DEBRA DiGIOVANNI




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