The Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival is coming to London, Ontario. Here's your chance to laugh for five days straight. Canada's top comedic talents are performing throughout the city. More than 100 comics in 11 different venues over five days.

Here's what's happening:
> Tues. Sept. 9, 8:00pm:
Funniest Person in London

Rockwater Brewing Co.
Watch the final 10 amateur comics compete for the title of The Funniest Person in London.

> Wed. Sept. 10 - Sun. Sept. 14:

The Funny Flicks Film Festival

Rainbow Cinemas

A series of Canadian comedy short & feature films including the
2003 nominees:

> Men with Brooms
> Rub and Tug
> My Big Fat Greek Wedding
> Goldmember

> Wed. Sept. 10 - Thu. Sept. 11 @ 8:45 pm:

Don't Panic*

Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, Central Branch
Referred to as "Comedy's Mad Man of Magic", David Merry has travelled the globe performing his unique comedy magic act. His new one-man show is hilarious and totally interactive, filled with props, inventions and pyrotechnics. The reviews for David's show have been sensational, and he is nominated for a 2003 Canadian Comedy Award.

> Wed. Sept. 10 - Thu. Sept. 11 @ 7:30 pm:


Wolf Performance Hall, London Public Library, Central Branch
The only props this woman needs are a dozen pairs of panties on a wooden rack. Showing that nymphomania is much more fun than originally thought, this show will delight audiences. You may remember Alex Dallas from Sensible Footwear which brought down the house across the country. This new one-person show is non-stop fun and a 2003 Canadian Comedy Award nominee.

> Wed. Sept. 10:
Best Newcomer

Yuk Yuk's
This showcase is hosted by FM 96's Damon and Mindy, and brings out the five coolest new comics in the country. Featuring 2003 nominees Gilson Lubin, Dave Hemstad, Casey Corbin, Sam Easton and Andrea Jensen.

> Thurs. Sept. 11, 3:00pm:
An Open Forum with writer Tim Long

The Wave, The University of Western Ontario
Can it be true that one of The Simpson's lead writers hails from London? Straight from Hollywood, Tim will share his experiences, show some favourite scenes, discuss the creative process and give us the real dirt on Homer & company.

> Thurs. Sept. 11, 8:30pm:
Female Stand-Up Comic of the Year

Yuk Yuk's
Hosted by last year's winner and one of Canada's hottest comics, Kristeen Von Hagen, this presentation brings together the best female stand-ups in the country, featuring this years nominees: Tracey McDonald, Nikki Payne, Kate Davis, Shannon Laverty and Martha Chaves.

> Thurs. Sept. 11, 8:30pm:
2003 Best Improv Nominees

McManus Studio, The Grand Theatre
The smoothest improvisers in the country meet for a legendary improv jam session. Featuring 2003 nominees Die Nasty, Slap Happy, Lamb Chops and the Jack Miller Show.

> Fri. Sept. 12:
It's the take a beaver to work day, eh?

Don't dress down this Friday.&dress up in your best Canadian looking gear. Dust off your mukluks, clean up your John Deere hat, go commando and feast mid-day at Rockwater's Street Party for the not-so-grand semi-official opening of the Festival.

> Fri. Sept. 12, 2pm:
"Back By Popular Demand"
with Dave Broadfoot & Friends

The Grand Theatre
This comic legend has been around the block more than once, and still finds his way home! Witness some of the sharpest wits in Canadian comedy.

> Fri. Sept. 12, 8:00pm:
The Second City Reunion Show

The Grand Theatre

Members of the original London Second City with host Kathryn Greenwood for an amazing evening of comic sketches from this cultural institution.

> Fri. Sept. 12, 10:30pm:
2003 Best Sketch Troupe

McManus Studio, The Grand Theatre

The most outstanding sketch troops in the country showcase some amazing talent in a revue show with a special guest host to be announced! Features 2003 noominees The Second City, Martin and Johnson, The Young and the Useless and The Wrecking Crew.

> Fri. Sept. 12, 8:30pm:

Best Male Stand-Up Comic of the Year

Yuk Yuk's
The country's best male stand ups, hosted by the king of Canadian comedy, veteran comic Mike MacDonald. Show features 2003 Nominees Mike Wilmot, Derek Edwards, Russell Peters, Jaosn Rouse and Winston Spear.

> Fri. Sept. 12 and Sat. Sept. 13, 10:30 pm :

The Nasty Shows

Yuk Yuk's
If rough and raunchy is your kind of show, the late show at Yuk Yuk's is the place to be! A little bit blue and a whole lot of funny - this show is always a sell-out.

> Sat. Sept. 13:

Humber College School of Comedy

McManus Studio, The Grand Theatre
10:00 am - Larry Horowitz from the Humber College School of Comedy faculty presents Stand - up Boot Camp. Advance reservations required.

2:00 pm - SCTV's Joe Flaherty hosts the Humber Alumni Show. Be the first to witness the new stars before they hit Leno and Letterman.

> Sat. Sept. 13:

The 2003 Canadian Comedy Awards

The Grand Theatre
The Gala Awards Show, hosted by the cast of Royal Canadian Air Farce, Canada's premiere sketch ensemble, features performances by past CCA winners and special guests.

> Sat. Sept. 13, 8 pm:

Yuk Yuk's Alumni Show

Yuk Yuk's
Featuring the cream of the crop from the very roots of Canadian comedy with tons of surprises in store!

> Sun. Sept. 14:

The Get Cracking Sunday Brunch

The Delta London Armouries Hotel, 11:00 am
Gather the clan, load up the Volvo, tie Grandma to the roof & head downtown. Join visiting comics, crew and our great sponsors for a mid-day brunch.

> Sun. Sept. 14, 8:00pm:

The All-Star Canadian Comedy Revue

Centennial Hall
Master of ceremonies - Royal Canadian Air Farce
Performances by: Jessica Holmes, the 2003 Male and Female comics of the year, Mike McDonald, Kristeen von Hagen and many special guests to be announced!

Tickets are going fast.
Get yours today. Call The Grand Theatre Box Office at (519) 672-8800.

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