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Homegrown Comic Competition 2015 Edition

May 27, 2015

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Just For Laughs Unveils The Next Generation of Canadian Comedy Superstars
At The Homegrown Comic Competition (Presented by SiriusXM)
Friday, July 24, 2015, 7 pm, L’Astral

Tickets on sale at http://www.hahaha.com/en/show/homegrown-comics-competition

Montreal, May 27, 2015 – Just For Laughs has unveiled the lineup for the Homegrown Comic Competition (Presented by SiriusXM), part of the 33rd annual Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec. The 2015 Homegrown Comic Competition is hosted by Shaun Majumder and takes place Friday, July 24th at 7 pm at L’Astral, 305 Ste. Catherine Street West, Montreal. Tickets are now on sale. Visit www.hahaha.com for details.

This year’s Homegrown lineup is:

* Aisha Alfa
* Chris James
* Daniel Woodrow
* Guido Cocomello
* John Cullen
* Julia Hladkowicz
* Matt Falk
* Matt Wright
* Sean Emeny

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AISHA ALFA
She’s inspiring: Aisha Alfa is a stand-up comedian, actor, motivational speaker and life coach. Alfa was honoured to be a TEDx Manitoba speaker in 2012 and Host/MC in 2013. She speaks on the topics of laughter, simplicity, and being true to your authenticity.
She does TV: In the past year alone, Aisha shot three television shows: Too Much Information, which airs on SuperChannel; Odd Squad, which will air on TVO and PBS; and Degrassi, which airs Tuesdays at 9 pm on MTV Canada. Aisha was also a Co-Host on Much Music’s Video on Trial. It’s been a very busy year for her on television — with more to come!
She wins awards: Aisha has won Winnipeg’s ‘Funniest Person with a Day Job’ Award and was one of the top five Winnipeg finalists for Canada’s Next Top Comic. She received a nomination for the Woman of Distinction Award and was a finalist for the Future Leaders of Manitoba Award (in the Arts Category).
She’s quick on her toes: Alfa’s other passion is soccer. She won Manitoba Soccer Outstanding Player of the Year in 2012. She played varsity soccer at the University of Alberta, winning Gold (2001) and Silver (1999 & 2002) and represented Canada at FISU World University Games in Daegu, South Korea (2003). She played with the Ottawa Fury, part of the North American semi-professional soccer league (2003 & 2004) and was the only female player in Seoul, Korea’s Men’s League (2005-2007).

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CHRIS JAMES
He’s really lucky: Chris was once lucky enough to have his stand up featured on the CBC.
He’s a good person: Mostly, Chris just wants you to think he is nice.

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DANIEL WOODROW

He’s got style: Despite being new on the scene, Daniel’s signature style is a mix of laid-back, observational, and calls-it-like-he-sees-it humour that is becoming widely recognized within the comedy community.
He gets around:  Daniel’s comedy has been seen and heard on CTV, Comedy Network, Much Music’s Video On Trial, and Sirius XM. You may also recognize him from the numerous TV commercials he’s starred in as the self-professed “Token Black Guy”.
He’s up and coming: The recent winner of The Brantford Comedy Festival, Daniel Woodrow is quickly becoming a destination in comedy. If you don’t like the feeling of uncontrollable laughter, then his act is not for you.

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GUIDO COCOMELLO
He’s well-traveled: In 2013, Guido presented his Italian one-man show Crisi d’Identita in Rome, and has been featured at the 2014 ZooFest Festival with his show My First Time, the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival and SiriusXM Canada’s Top Comic competition.
He’s a natural on stage: As an actor, Guido trained at the late Mike Nicol’s Master Class in New York City. Theatre credits include the Centaur Theatre productions The Envelope, The St. Leonard Chronicles, Steve Galluccio’s In Piazza San Domenico, directed by Centaur Artistic Director Roy Surette, as well as the Hudson Village Theatre comedy, Wife Begins at 40.
He’s on TV: Onscreen, he has appeared on Being Human for Syfy, the Lifetime television movie False Pretenses and the Discovery Channel docudrama Fatal Vows.

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JOHN CULLEN
He gets around:  John Cullen was raised in the suburbs of Toronto, and moved to the suburbs of Vancouver when he was 13, where he still lives (though he managed to escape from his parents’ basement).
He’s a natural: John marked his first year in comedy by finishing runner-up in The People’s Champ Comedy Competition against 60 other comics, and went on to sign with Yuk Yuk’s before the conclusion of his second year as a comedian, a quick ascendance in the crowded Vancouver scene.
He curls: In addition to being funny, he is also travels across Canada on the World Curling Tour, conquering the famed curler-comic demographic where so many others have failed.

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JULIA HDALKOWICZ
She’s in the circuit: Julia was showcased at LAFF (Ladies are Funny Festival) in Austin, Texas, the LA Comedy Fest and the Canadian International Comedy Fest. She was also a semi-finalist in The Great Canadian Laugh Off, a finalist in SiriusXM Canada’s Next Top Comic and performs regularly at NXNE. Julia recently returned from San Francisco Sketch Fest for the second time, was a semi-finalist in the Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, and dazzled at the Seattle Comedy Competition.
She’s all over your TV and radio: Julia has appeared on The Comedy Network, Much Music’s Video on Trial, is on MTV’s Losing It, YTV’s Extreme Babysitting and on SiruisXM’s Canada Laughs. She has also landed two hilarious commercials for Lindt chocolate opposite tennis icon Roger Federer. She also filmed her TV special, No Kidding, on iChannel.
She’s popular: Julia has opened for big names such as Anthony Jeselnik, Nikki Glaser, Big Jay Oakerson, and fellow JFLers Eddie Pepitone and Jen Kirkman to name a few.

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MATT FALK
He’s number one: His album “Apple Pie & Scars” reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts; it is currently being played on SiriusXM Canada/USA and was named one of the Top 10 Comedy Albums the year of its release.
He’s acclaimed:  Falk was called “effortlessly funny” by the CBC, and his clean stand-up comedy act has gained him many accolades including placing second in The World Series of Comedy in Las Vegas.
He’s multi-talented: Besides performing stand-up comedy across the country, most recently at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Matt is one of the writers and stars of RocKids TV and the writer of the record breaking Celebrations/Jubilations Dinner Theatre show, The Big BOOM Theory and It’s Elementary Sherlock.

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MATT WRIGHT
He’s a real, authentic, Newfie: Matt knows exactly what the cool kids of Newfoundland do. He recommends going to Yuk Yuk’s, checking out some live music, preferably in a small venue where you can go dance with some locals, and learning how to do that wink/head tilt combo without looking like a perv.
He’s a natural: Matt Wright was introduced to the comedy world in the Yuk Yuk’s ‘Funniest Newfoundlander’ contest, eventually placing second overall in the competition in his third ever show.
He’s a rising star: He has continued to wow audiences in the past few years with his energetic style, strong stage presence and quick wit.

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SEAN EMENY
He tours: Sean Emeny started performing in Vancouver in 2009 and has been honing his abstract, short-joke style ever he since he now tours nationally.
He’s been around: He has opened for Gilbert Gottfried, Michael Winslow and Marc Maron.
He’s clean: Also, he has never smoked a cigarette in his life.

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And our MC SHAUN MAJUMDER…
He’s on TV: Shaun is a Gemini award-winning actor/comedian who most recently played Andrew Palmer on the NBC/Global Television series The Firm, and in 2010 starred in the critically acclaimed drama series Detroit 1-8-7 on ABC. In addition to being a regular cast member on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Shaun starred in Hatching, Matching and DispatchingRepublic of Doyle, and Robson Arms on CTV, and Da Kink in My Hair on Global.
He’s cultured: Finding success on both sides of the border, Majumder has starred in the Farrelly Brothers’ comedy, Unhitched, as well as roles on 24 and Cedric the Entertainer Presents on Fox.
He’s in the spotlight: HBO’s feature documentary Every Word is Absolutely True followed Shaun as he embarked on his first national standup tour, garnering critical praise for its candid look beyond the public persona to reveal a more intimate and complex side.
He’s a documentarist: In May 2014, Shaun’s documentary series Majumder Manor began its second season on the W Network in Canada. Majumder Manor revolves around his dream to transform his hometown of Burlington, Newfoundland (population 350) into a high end, sustainable tourist destination.

About Just For Laughs Group:
Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: Make People Happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: festivals in Montreal, Toronto and Sydney; television production including Gags seen in over 140 countries and on over 100 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Jim Gaffigan and the Capital One Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. The Just For Laughs Montreal Comedy Festival is the world’s largest and most prestigious comedy event welcoming on average 1.35 million visitors to Montreal each summer and generating approximately $80 million for the city’s economy. The Group has offices in Montreal, Paris, Los Angeles, Toronto, London and they are all connected to each other via the Internet.

About ComedyPRO:
Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a unique, annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy industry. The event takes place during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Just For Laughs Festival. You simply cannot get any closer than this to the people who truly make comedy happen, and in ComedyPRO’s relaxed, laid-back atmosphere, we’re all equals! Registrants for this one-of-a-kind, four-day conference gain exclusive access to some of the most sought-after events in all of comedy, including industry luncheons, cocktail parties, and exclusive live performances of comedy’s buzziest podcasts.

The Just For Laughs Festival and ComedyPRO would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, Montréal and Tourisme Montréal 
for their support.

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For more information, contact:
Julie Giles, Just For Laughs ComedyPRO
Tel: 416-878-5328 Email: julie@greenhatdigital.com

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