'It's a big honour': Comedians react to Juno Comedy Album of the Year noms
Five Canadian comedians are nominated for Junos 2020 Comedy Album of the Year.
This past Tuesday at the CBC, Juno Awards host Alessia Cara helped reveal the nominees for the 2020 Juno Awards. Among the musicians and other recording artists nominated were five Canadian comedians, recognized for Comedy Album of the Year.
Here's what the nominees had to say.
Adam Christie, who has written on CBC's Baroness von Sketch Show & This Hour Has 22 Minutes, as well as appeared on Schitt's Creek, Just for Laughs and the Ha!ifax ComedyFest, is known to many Canadians as a former host of YTV's The Zone. Christie is nominated for his album General Anxiety Disorder.
"It's a big honour to be nominated alongside these other comics who are all incredibly talented AND are all amazing people and friends," says Christie.
"Steph (Tolev) and I used to be roommates in Los Angeles, I work with Sophie (Buddle), Jarrett (Campbell) and I were just doing shows in Burlington together, and I've known Monty (Scott) for almost half of my life. It's crazy. These people are the best."
You can stream Christie's General Anxiety Disorder here on iTunes.
Jarrett Campbell, who is nominated for his album Straight White Fail, has toured extensively across North America, and has taped an appearance in the Homegrown Comics special for Just for Laughs.
Campbell tells us that it's an "honour to be nominated alongside so many killers! Comedy in Canada is alive and well."
You can stream Campbell's Straight White Fail below on Spotify:
Scarborough's Monty Scott, nominated for his album The Abyss Stares Back on Comedy Records, has also toured theatres and clubs across North America, and has featured on the Comedy Network, MTV and SiriusXM radio.
Scott released The Abyss Stares Back less than a year after suffering a serious head injury from taking a serious fall at his home, sending him to intensive care. The cover of his nominated album depicts Scott standing at the top of those fateful stairs.
When reached for comment on his nomination, Scott says "I never expected to be nominated for a Juno. Primarily because I've never played an instrument. However, when comedy was added to the list of categories, I remained skeptical, as I had not released an album. The reward for releasing this album, in the correct category with the appropriate instrument, has exceeded my wildest expectations in this Juno nomination!"
Stream Scott's album below on Spotify:
Sophie Buddle, a writer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes, has been doing stand up comedy since age 15. She has toured across Canada, opening for acts like Bob Saget and Caroline Rhea. Buddle has made appearances on several Just For Laughs tours and regular stints on CBC's The Debaters. Buddle is nominated for her album, Lil Bit of Buddle.
"I am so thankful to be representing our killer west coast scene and equally thankful to be given the opportunity to dress my boyfriend real fancy."
You can stream Buddle's album here on Spotify:
Steph Tolev has been nominated for her album on Comedy Records, I'm Not Well. Her sketch troupe Ladystache was part of Just For Laughs 42 festival in Toronto in 2019 and has performed in festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe Fest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Fran Sketch Fest, Montreal, and Vancouver Sketch Fests. You can also catch Tolev appearing in the new CBC digital original series Bit Playas.
"I am as pleased as a Bulgarian Peach to be nominated!" says Tolev.
"This is very exciting and I am so happy and thankful that people liked my album. Also my parents are now less angry about how much I mention them on it."
You can stream Steph Tolev's I'm Not Well here on Spotify:
Watch the 2020 Juno Awards broadcast on Sunday, March 15, from the SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon, at 8 p.m. ET across the country, to be aired live on CBC-TV, CBC Radio One, CBC Music, the free CBC Gem streaming service in Canada and globally at cbc.ca/music/junos. If you're in Saskatoon and would like to attend the Juno Awards, you can find ticket information here.