Laughter filled the room at Toronto’s Queen Elizabeth Theatre as the 10 SiriusXM Top Comic finalists battled for a grand prize of $25,000, bringing their a-game to impress both the panel of industry judges and the audience. Between the judges and a nationwide audience text-to-vote, Toronto native Adam Christie was declared the winner.
Christie took home the grand prize as well as guaranteed performances at four Just For Laughs festivals – JFL Sydney (Australia), JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), and Just For Laughs Montreal.
The two runner-ups were Vancouver’s own Sophie Buddle and Ola Dara. They’ll each receive a cash prize of $2,500 as well as performances in 2020 at JFL42, JFL Northwest, and Just For Laughs Montreal.
Buddle was a runner up last year as well and was praised for her ability to deliver even the edgiest of lines in such a casual tone.
Hundreds of comics across Canada applied to compete and 60 contestants were selected to audition in Toronto or Vancouver over six nights. 18 semi-finalists were then selected by judges to participate in a Canada-wide online vote, with 10 finalists moving forward to last night. The victory was the culmination of a six-month journey for Christie.
In response to his win Christie said “It was a privilege to compete against this hilarious group of comedians for SiriusXM Top Comic. The high caliber of talent of the competitors set the bar really high and it’s a huge compliment to be selected as the winner. Thank you to everyone who voted for me!”
Juno Award-nominated comic, and 2018 competition winner Chanty Marostica performed the opening set with award-winning Canadian comic DeAnne Smith. The finale was hosted by SiriusXM personality Ben Miner.
Adam Christies energy throughout the set kept the audience howling with offbeat jokes about divorce and writing paid sex off on his taxes. With his Top Comic victory, Christies career is on the rise.