A Not-For-Profit dedicated solely to the advancement of Canadian comedy, The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence was incorporated in 2003.
From 2003-2010, the CCFE functioned to apply and receive funding to produce a National Awards Show and Festival.
The board of CCFE expanded in 2008 and again in 2011.
In 2010, funding through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund enabled the organization to promote Canadian comedy via a touring exhibit.
Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence
500c-720 Bathurst Street
M5S 2R4 Canada
Our mission is to recognize, celebrate and promote Canadian achievements in comedy at home and abroad.
We seek to continue a spirit of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, respect and support.
Our goals are to further develop the CCA's as the national organization, to identify and grow audiences for the CCA's, create continuous and sustainable financial support and succession and manage risk and exposure in order to be seen as a professional organization that will attract top talent.
Our stakeholders include venues for live comedy, digital media & content delivery (web, TV, movie theatres, screens), suppliers of equipment needed to produce digital media, government funding agencies and heritage protectors, and guilds.
Our organization is currently comprised of 2000 plus industry members - actors, writers and directors, stand-up comics and other live comedy acts, producers, agents and promoters.
We also currently have 13,000+ members of the general public - comedy fans and audiences - who participate in our annual awards process.
The CCFE has worked with many sponsors and government agencies.
City of London (2003-2007)
City of Regina (2008)
City Of Saint John (2009)
City of Ottawa (2013)
Province Of Ontario (Celebrate, OCAF)
Province of Saskatchewan
Province of New Brunswick (ACOA)
We have been fortunate to work with many partners over the years we are proud that most of our partnerships were for multiple years
The Comedy Network
Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union
Steam Whistle Brewery
Diamond Estates Wine
Humber School of Comedy
Grey Advertising Canada
Glenn is the owner and President of Meridian Artists. He has had 4 years board experience, including Chair, with TAMAC and also has an M.B.A. from Western and a Film Degree from York. Extensive experience including executive producer of At Home by Myself... with You and Young People Fucking. Glenn currently represents a select roster of some of Canada's most talented and fastest rising writers, and literary artists, as well as directors and producers. He also represents the film and television interests of Random House of Canada.
Actor, writer, producer and President of the CCFE. In addition to his stellar performing career, Tim has undertaken study at Rotman through the Institute of Corporate Directors in financial management as well as Not For Profit Governance. He has his Honours degree in Political Science and is a registered lobbyist. Tim has produced hundreds of hours of television and twice been nominated for producing and writing the televised version of the Canadian Comedy Awards.
Known for creating the huge Canadian success story with over 15 clubs across Canada, Yuk Yuk’s, Mark knows the comedy business. He is also a highly accomplished author with 4 published books, a producer of television and currently sits as advisory board chairman and producer in residence at Humber College. He is a founding board member of the Canadian Comedy Awards, and was a comedy mentor for the B.C. Festival of the Arts.
In the business of comedy for more than 30 years, Jeff is the business side of iconic Canadian comedy club franchise Yuk Yuk's. He recently published his first book, Funny Business: Business Lessons with a "Cents" of Humour. As president of the comedy-club chain, Jeff knows how to run organizations and is well respected for his expertise. Jeff has also produced countless TV shows and live music concerts including Canada’s very first late night show The All Night Show, which was recently inducted in the Canadian Broadcast Museum.
Chas. Hay is a veteran music journalist, television producer and show promoter. After a number of years as an entertainment producer and reporter at Global Television, in 1996, Chas. created and produced television's very successful Inside Country, a weekly, half-hour look at the country music industry from the "inside." The show aired for 6 years, across Canada and the United States, as well as in 53 countries around the world, earning five Canadian Country Music Awards for Best Television Program or Series.
Sheldon is currently Barrister and Solicitor and Executive Producer for Lone Eagle Entertainment and has over 25 years of experience in the entertainment industry as legal counsel. He has also been an Executive Producer and/or Co-Executive Producer on a variety of network and cable television series and specials. Sheldon's Executive Producer or Co-Executive Producer credits at Lone Eagle include Wipeout Canada and You Gotta Eat Here!.
Andrew Clark is the director of Humber’s Comedy Writing and Performance Program, and an award-winning journalist and screenwriter. He has received several National Magazine Award nominations and won the gold in the "Humour" category. He is also a contributing editor to the Walrus Magazine. His last book, A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle, was nominated for several awards including the Governor General's Award for Literary Non-fiction.
Brian is the owner and director of You and Media. He is an award-winning alumnus of The Second City. He has created television, theatre and multi-media in Canada and the Caribbean. His creative production company, You and Media, has produced award-winning comedy films and innovative web series. He is also co-producer of StreamFest, a live-streaming festival that brings live Canadian comedy to the World Wide Web audience. As a senior faculty member of the Toronto Second City Training Program, Brian has helped hundreds of students find their creative spirits, and comedic voices.
Kyra is currently the co-producer of Comedy at 51 at the Second City which has been getting great praise since they began in November of 2011. She is also co-producing a live streaming comedy festival in March of 2013, the first of its kind in Toronto. In addition to live comedy, she is the co-producer of the web series Sweet Jane, which will be airing online in the summer of 2013.
Jodi is the Talent Manager at Parallel Entertainment in LA. She currently manages and develops the careers of stand-up comics, comedic actors and writers, seeking out opportunities across all platforms for clients (TV, film, digital, live) and provide full services including PR. Jodi was formerly the Director of Programming for Just For Laughs where she spent 13 years creating the huge success. She is an experience producer of galas, TV series and memorable events.
Barb is a managing partner with 22c Partners and consults to boards and executive teams to help them achieve their mandate. She is an ICD.D. certified board director with previous experience chairing an HR committee of a board. She has worked with publicly traded companies, professional associations, private and family-owned enterprises as well as the not for profit sector. She is an expert in board governance and skilled at helping organizations realize their dreams.
Edith is an ICD.D. certified board director and has extensive experience in film. She was Managing Director of Pinewood Studios and prior to that was the Chief Operating Officer for Scott Companies (Ridley and Tony Scott) where she oversaw the financial, business and production direction. Prior to that, she was CFO for Muse Entertainment where she ran all the financial operations. She has significant board experience, currently sits on the board of Women In Film and Television. Prior to that, she chaired the RSA board (largest TV commercial and music video companies with over 100M in revenues).
Perry has 40 years of experience creating, producing, writing and directing international TV. His resume is legendary including production and creation of shows like King of Kensington and The Royal Canadian Air Farce, The David Steinberg Show and Good Times. He has produced specials for Steve Martin, Billy Crystal, Tom Jones, Richard Pryor, Donny and Marie, Howie Mandel and Johnny Cash. Formerly head of CBC Television's School and Pre-School programs, and of course most known in Canada for executive producer of Mr. Dressup and The Friendly Giant. He is passionate about the place of Canada comedy and will serve as a special advisor to help CCFE achieve its mandate and vision.