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Saturday 18th August 2012

The Top 4 Finalists from Pilot Week Perform - The Winner Announced before midnight!

Thank you to everyone who presented during Pilot Week. There were some really great shows and wonderful performances. It was truly a difficult choice for us. But after staying up late, fighting, deliberating and debating, we have a tie! For the first time ever at Pilot Week, we have a Top 4!!


"Bendy Sign Coffee"

Kaitlin Morrow
A young puppet trying to make a living at a neighbourhood coffee shop in downtown Toronto must face rude customers, her sarcastic boss and literally battle her deepest fear to save Little Jenny's birthday party.

"The Simulation Center"

Vanessa Matsui
A former child-star now the most unemployed actress ever, is working a humiliating J.O.B. at The Simulation Center, which is populated by a crew of anti-heroes who are fumbling towards making their dreams a reality despite the odds.

"Wild Hearts of Suburbia"

Briana Templeton
Bizarre dating profiles emerge from the depths of suburban Canada in this mockumentary profiling the trials and triumphs of two friends as they start-up a face-to-face matchmaking service in the internet age.

"The Sean Cullen Scott Thompson Show Live!"

Derek Thompson
Ever since Front Page Challenge left the airwaves Canada has been without a variety show that showcased the best in comedy and music, until now. The Sean Cullen Scott Thompson Show LIVE! is that variety show and it's going to be two nuts - in pants.

“If they did this (Pilot Week) in Los Angeles, people would be murdering each other to get on.”

Mike Reiss, Executive Producer, The Simpsons and Special Guest Judge, Pilot Week 2011.

and the winner is...

Bendy Sign Coffee

Kaitlin Morrow

Special Guest Host

Dave Merheje

Winner of Just For Laugh's 2011 Irwin Barker Homegrown Comic Award and NOW Magazine's 2011 Best of Toronto Award for Best Male Stand-up, Dave Merheje is making waves as one of the edgiest comics in the country today. Drawing from his Lebanese-Canadian perspective and personal experiences straight from the streets, Merheje is unfettered by political correctness. His "no fear" approach to comedy has gained a loyal following. Pure raging energy, he is electric, aggressive and in-your-face. Nothing is sacred as he fires off on urban life, Middle Eastern politics, Islamic extremists, working in strip clubs, club culture, drugs and masturbation.

2012 has been a memorable year for Merheje. He returns to Just For Laughs this summer where he will be taping a segment for JFL's and The Comedy Network's new joint venture, a 13-hour series airing on The Comedy Network this fall. He made his mark at Moncton's Hubcap Comedy Festival and the Ha!ifax ComedyFest this past spring and in June, completed a six-city Canadian tour with Arthur Simeon's Legends in the Making. In July, he joined the Gemini Award-winning pop culture series MTV Live as an on-air contributor. He was nominated for a 2012 Canadian Comedy Award for Best Stand-up, the winner to be announced in August. He became a finalist in NBC's Stand-up for Diversity search and was invited to join the 2012 Stand-up for Diversity College Touring Company performing at select colleges and universities in the US this fall.

Born and raised in Windsor, Ontario, Merheje crossed the border to hone his stage prowess in the spotlight of Detroit's competitive comedy clubs and open mic rooms. Currently based in Toronto, he has created and produced his own successful series of shows including Dear Dave, his live advice column/one-man comedy show, and We Ain't Terrorists, a barrier smashing comedy revue he performs with Ali Rizvi that shatters racial stereotypes and pokes fun at today's climate of heightened fear and paranoia. We Ain't Terrorists was shot and produced as a one-hour special by Tricon Films & Television and aired on ABC2 Australia. He also recorded the comedy album Make 'Em Cry available for download on Apple iTunes.

He has performed to sold-out crowds all over Canada and the US, including festivals such as Just For Laughs in Montreal, the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, the Boston Comedy Festival and top clubs such as The Knitting Factory in New York and The Improv in LA.

Merheje was recently profiled as one of Canada's next breakout stars on CBC Radio One's Laugh Out Loud. He has been featured on CBC Radio One's The Debaters, XM Radio's Laugh Attack, Bite TV's Stand Up with Bite and Stand up & Bite Me Competition, MuchMusic's Video on Trial and Stars Gone Wild, MTV's Cocktails and The Comedy Network short Worst Gig Ever

Guest Judge

David Bernath

Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Multiplatform Programming

We're thrilled to announce that David Bernath, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Multiplatform Programming at Comedy Central is going to be a Special Guest Judge on Finale Night!

David Bernath is Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Multiplatform Programming, COMEDY CENTRAL, reporting to Michele Ganeless, President of the network. Bernath is based in the network's New York City.

In this position, Bernath oversees COMEDY CENTRAL's program scheduling and acquisitions groups, in addition to managing the network's content across all digital platforms.

Bernath has negotiated several large, multi-platform deals for COMEDY CENTRAL with some of the biggest players in comedy, most recently spearheading a multi-year deal with Sony Picture Television to license the critically-acclaimed comedy series, "Community."

In addition, Bernath negotiated COMEDY CENTRAL's deal with 20th Century Fox TV to resurrect "Futurama" for 52 new episodes and secured the exclusive basic cable syndication rights to "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia." He also acquired the off-net rights to the Emmy® Award-winning "30 Rock."

Prior to joining COMEDY CENTRAL in 2004, Bernath was Vice President, Programming, at BBC America, responsible for programming and scheduling, including original production and acquisitions. He joined BBC AMERICA in 2002 from E! Entertainment Television where, as Vice President, Program Planning, he was responsible for all program planning and acquisition functions for both E! and the Style networks. He had been with E! since 1994.

Stay tuned for more Pilot Week announcements coming soon!

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  • Insight Productions
  • The Comedy Bar