Michael, French Immersion lead Canadian Comedy Awards noms

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Cancelled CBC comedy Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays leads the field with seven nominations in the Canadian Comedy Awards, unveiled Thursday, which honour the best in Canadian comedic talent.

Michael received nods for best TV show, best direction for Don McKellar and one each for Bob Martin and Matt Watts for best writing.

The half-hour series was also nominated for best male performance by Bob Martin, best female performance by Tommie-Amber Pirie and best performance by an ensemble cast.

Halifax-based comedy troupe Picnicface (Andrew Bush, Garry Campbell, Kyle Dooley, Cheryl Hann, Mark Little, Brian Macquarrie, Evany Rosen, Scott Vrooman and Bill Wood) racked up five nominations, also after the sketch comedy series was not renewed by Bell Media.

The troupe received two nominations – best TV show and best writing – for their Comedy Network series Picnicface, and three for their film Roller Town, including best film, best writing (Vrooman, Little and Bush), and best direction for Bush.

Almost Heroes, which was not renewed by Showcase after its first season, grabbed nods for best TV show, best male performance for Ryan Belleville and best female performance for Lauren Ash.

Ken Finkleman is up for best writing for his Good God series, which is also up for best ensemble performance and best female performance for Samantha Bee.

French Immersion, about four Anglo-Canadians and a New Yorker who end up in a two-week total immersion French program in Northern Quebec, is up for best film, and received four more nods for Jefferson Lewis and Kevin Tierney for best writing, Tierney for best direction, Gavin Crawford for best male performance and Olunike Adeliyi for best female performance.

Directors Kevin MacDonald and Ron Sparks grabbed a best direction nod for The Trial, which is also nominated for best film, fest male performance for Winston Spear and best female performance for Carolyn Bennett.

And in the running in the newly created best web series category are Comedy Bar, Goodbye Sara Hennessey, Scott Thompson’s Fruit Blog, Sexy Nerd Girl and The Casting Room.

As perhaps a bad punchline, all five series in the best TV series competition – Almost Heroes, Michael: Tuesdays & Thursdays, Picnicface, The Debators and Todd & The Book of Pure Evil – will not be returning to TV for new seasons.

Elsewhere, up for Canadian comedy person of the year are Gerry Dee, Kenny Hotz, Martin Short, Nikki Payne and Steve Patterson.

And contenders for the juried Phil Hartman Award, which recognizes individuals who positively contribute to the Canadian comedy community, are Colin Mochrie, Eric Toth, Jo-Anna Downey, Joe and David Flaherty and Kate Davis.

For the complete list of nominees, click here.

The Canadian Comedy Awards will be handed out during the 13th annual Canadian Comedy Awards and Festival, which will take place August 23 to 26.

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