These people are household names, and if they’re not, they should be. They’ve survived the industry’s fads and fashions and still know how to laugh – and make us laugh. The U.S. may have lured them south at one time, but they’ve all returned home.
MARK BRESLIN and ANDREW ALEXANDER
Yuk Yuk’s and Second City’s head honchos are probably the most revered and feared comedy impresarios in the country. But their success is no laughing matter. Be polite and address them as Mister.
Kurt hasn’t drastically reinvented herself over the years (except when she came out), but she’s managed to make her stand-?up act sharp, snappy and – even after decades in the biz – sexy.
Wilmot can get as blue and raunchy as dudes half his age. The thing about him is, you actually believe his act. A classic.
He’s perfected the art of the rant and proved that Canadian political humour doesn’t have to suck. Plus, how can you not love a guy who jumps off a rock naked with Bob Rae?
See Producers, next page.
The Second City-?trained performer is equally adept at drama and comedy – remember, he played Marty in Traders and Harold Green in The Red Green Show. He’s not an obvious choice for this list, but the guy is a natural.
...and nipping at their heels are...
Gavin Crawford, Debra DiGiovanni, Pete Zedlacher, Gerry Dee, Nikki Payne
Seán Cullen, Gavin Crawford, Debra DiGiovanni, Gerry Dee, Nikki Payne, Winston Spear, Doug Morency, Tim Steeves, Pete Zedlacher, The Frantics (yes, they’re back!), Bruce Hunter, Alan Park, Boyd Banks, every member of Women Fully Clothed and the Laugh Resort's manager, Jake Labow. (Rumours of the club’s closure, by the way, are premature. It’s around till at least the end of summer and possibly the end of the year).