Canada’s public broadcaster is launching a nationwide search for undiscovered comedic talent.
The CBC on Monday announced the launch of “CBC Comedy’s Next Up,” a nationwide contest that offers amateur comics a chance to win a life-changing performance slot at the 2019 Halifax ComedyFest in April.
To be eligible, entrants must not have previously worked professionally as a comedian, headlined a major festival, appeared on television or radio performing comedy, or have professional representation.
Interested comedians are asked to submit a 60-to-90-second video of their best material at cbc.ca/nextup before the deadline of February 21, 2019.
All submissions will be reviewed by the CBC Comedy team and a longlist of comedians will be unveiled on March 1, before inviting fans to watch and vote on their favourite entries through CBC Comedy social media platforms. The longlisted comics will also be asked to participate in social media challenges that will further reveal their comedic abilities to fans.
The shortlist will be revealed on March 20, with the final 10 entries to be judged by a panel of Canadian comedy industry members. The winner will be announced on March 29.