Less Than Kind wins big on final night of Geminis

The team behind Less Than Kind has proven again they know funny, snapping up a trio of trophies at the Gemini Awards broadcast gala in Toronto Saturday night.
Less than Kind

The team behind Breakthrough Entertainment/Buffalo Gal Pictures’ Less Than Kind has proven again they know funny, snapping up a trio of trophies at the Gemini Awards broadcast gala in Toronto Saturday night.

Fresh from sweeping the TV category at last month’s Canadian Comedy Awards, Less Than Kind took home the honors for best writing in a comedy or variety program or series (Marvin Kaye and Chris Sheasgreen) early on in the evening.

Benjamin Arthur followed almost immediately after for best individual performance in a comedy program or series, who thanked the academy for “the award for not fucking up amazing writing.”

All winners, including the entire team after scooping up the award for best comedy program or series, paid tribute to “our real angel” the late Maury Chaykin: “Comedy is a game of inches, and you give us a yard.”

Fellow Canuck and Glee starrer Cory Monteith hosted the night’s festivities, kicking off by leading an explosive drumline intro. Elvis Costello, Ron Sexsmith, Feist, Kendel Carson and Barry Bales later entertained the audience with an ensemble rendition of Costello’s A Slow Drag With Josephine. Costello later won a Gemini for best talks series for Spectacle: Elvis Costello With… , a co-pro with Tri-Fi Productions and Chatting Glasses UK.

Degrassi received a special tribute in celebration of its 30th anniversary, introduced by alum Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries). Cast members from the last three decades filled the stage, reading letters from fans whose lives have been positively affected by watching Degrassi.

The Epitome Pictures’ series also won over Canuck viewers, whose votes rocketed Degrassi to the top of Canada’s Favorite TV Shows list, beating out Flashpoint at number two and Mr. Dressup capping the top three.

CTV’s Olympic Prime Time host Brian Williams drew patriotic cheers from the crowd after receiving his eighth Gemini for best host or interviewer in a sports program or sportscast, stating, “When it comes to covering the Olympics, Canadian television takes a backseat to no one.”

The Tudors, which had previously snagged three awards, added another to its count for best dramatic series, while Cle Bennett (The Line) also did the same after scoring a trophy for best performance by an actor in a featured supporting role in a dramatic series.

Best dramatic mini-series went to The Summit, while The Cupcake Girls won for best reality program or series.

For a complete list of winners, head here.

Check out Playback’s earlier coverage of night one and night two of the awards.