The first edition of Montreal Comedy Competition was produced by Ali Mohammadi (@AliMoComedy) on March 15, 2009 at the old ComedyWorks in down-town Montreal.
The idea first flourished to bring about a home-grown comedy competition to the Montreal scene in order to put the spotlight on talented Comedians, in and outside of Montreal, with 6 months to 3 years of stage experience. Many Comedians nominated themselves for the first competition with only ten names drawn to compete. A panel of three judges were present in order to score the participants based on pre-defined categories such as material, creativity, stage presence, audience reaction and over-all style.
The first winner of this competition was Fasail Butt. Drawing on his Pakistani-Muslim roots, Faisal has been able to appeal to a variety of audiences both young and old. He has opened for some of Canada’s best comics including David Pryde, Sugar Sammy and Massiom and John Dore. The second winner was Nick Brazao, who is a graduate of the Theatre Program at Concordia University where he starred in a number of productions. The third winner was Eddy King, who was the highlight in the contest Relve de Juste Pour Rire, and was a finalist in the contest En route vers mon premier Gala de Juste Pour Rire. He was also one of the comedians that participated in the success of Rachid Badouri’s Just For Laughs Gala. The fourth winner was Eman, a talented comedian who has appeared in the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival, Amman Comedy Festival and the Just for Laughs comedy festival. The fifth winner was Darren Henwood, who is the producer and host of the popular monthly Lowdown Comedy show. The sixth winner, Emery Fine, is a Mcgill Student and a regular at Montreal’s comedy scene. The seventh winner, Gino Durante, is an Actor and regular at local comedy clubs. The eighth winner of this competition is, Scott Andrew Carter, who is a regular at Canada’s top comedy clubs. Our ninth winner was Jakub Stachurski, who has been very active at comedy venues around Montreal. And the winner of the last Montreal Comedy Competition was the talented Tranna Wintour.
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