A Burnaby stand-up comic is looking for your votes to help vault him into the finale of this year’s SiriusXM Top Comic competition.
Kyle Bottom has been named as one of 18 semifinalists in this year’s competition, which has returned for its 10th year. Each of the 18 comics – chosen from 60 hopefuls who auditioned at live events in Vancouver and Toronto in the spring - has an audition video online to help them drum up votes.
The top six vote-getters, plus two chosen wild cards, will earn their way into the finals.
Voting opened Aug. 9 and continues until Aug. 30.
Bottom – who describes himself as a “nerd,” a “jerk” and a “dork” - is no stranger to the competitive world of comedy. His website (www.kylebottom.com) notes he’s been performing comedy since 2005, and his comedic journey has taken him across the country.
He’s performed twice at the Hubcap Comedy Festival in Moncton, twice at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and once at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. He was a Top Comic finalist in 2017, and he also has more than a dozen appearances on CBC Radio’s The Debaters.
Want to help Kyle make his way to the finale? You’ll have to vote. You can find his audition – which wends its comedic way from wedding planning to Japanese toilet seats - at https://topcomic.siriusxm.ca/comic/kyle-bottom/
The eight finalists will perform live at the SiriusXM Top Comic Comedy Finale during the JFL42 comedy fest in Toronto on Sept. 26, and a panel of judges will choose one winner. The winner will get $25,000, plus guaranteed spots to perform at JFL Sydney in Australia, JFL42 in Toronto, JFL NorthWest in Vancouver and Just For Laughs Montreal, plus inclusion in a JFL TV taping.
Two runners-up will each receive cash prizes of $2,500, plus spots at JFL42, JFL NorthWest and Just For Laughs Montreal in 2020.
Check out all the details at topcomic.siriusxm.ca.