Barker, Chaykin honored at Canadian Comedy Awards

While laughter was naturally part of the the 11th annual Canadian Comedy Awards, the evening's festivities were marked by a number of serious moments as the comedy community paid tribute to the late Irwin Barker and Maury Chaykin.
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While laughter was naturally part of the the 11th annual Canadian Comedy Awards, the evening’s festivities were marked by a number of serious moments as the comedy community paid tribute to the late Irwin Barker and Maury Chaykin.

Barker was honored with three awards on Monday night, including the Canadian Comedy Person of the Year, Male Stand-Up and The Dave Broadfoot Award. Accepting on his behalf was his wife Joanna Barker, who read an emotional note from Barker when he was in his final days.

“Cancer cannot touch the part of my body where humor resides,” she read, holding back tears. “There is no such thing as cancer of the funny bone.”

Less Than Kind also took home a trio of awards, including Writing – Television Program or Series for Mark McKinney; Performance by an Ensemble – Television for Jesse Camacho, Wendel Meldrum, Benjamin Arthur, Nancy Sorel, Maury Chaykin, and Brooke Palsson; and Performance by a Male – Television for Dave Foley.

McKinney and the ensemble all dedicated their awards to Chaykin, while Foley – also the evening’s host – ended his acceptance speech by saying, “I’m glad my son could be here tonight so I could say: ‘Fuck you, I am famous.’”

The Trotsky also scored an awards trio with Jacob Tierney scoring the honors for for direction and writing – film. Accepting on his behalf was father Kevin Tierney, who also accepted Jay Baruchel’s prize for Performance by a Male – Film.

Of course, the laughs were hearty and steady throughout the night, with host Foley taking the stage with Kevin McDonald to reprise the classic Citizen Kane sketch from their Kids in the Hall days.

And presenter Gordon Pinsent became the evening’s punching bag when presenter and Colbert Report writer Barry Julien said he wanted to start a fight: “Enjoy these last moments with your face, Gordo. I’m gonna fuck you up.”

Sean Cullen, who had also won for Radio Program or Clip for The Debaters, later shared the stage with the legendary actor (calling him Golden Pantsuit) to present the last batch of awards. Together they announced the Best Performance by a Female – Film, which went to Kristin Booth for her turn in At Home by Myself… With You.

Booth thanked Pinsent for narrating in the film, to which Cullen replied, “When will you stop, sir? Stop narrating people’s shit.”

Other honorees included Laurie Elliott, who snagged two CCAs for Performance by a Female – Television for Almost Audrey and for Female Stand-Up; and Kenny Hotz of Kenny vs. Spenny, who snagged Direction – Television Program or Series.

For a full list of winners, including in the Live category, head over to the award’s website.