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January 27, 2004
Award-Winning Comedy Series Comedy Now! Kicks off its Seventh Side-Splitting Season Saturday, February 14
-- Four-time Gemini-nominated comedian Russell Peters stars in premiere episode--

Toronto, Ontario (January 27, 2004) – Six seasons and over 100 comedians later, with two Gemini Awards and 12 nominations, Comedy Now! reigns as Canada’s pre-eminent showcase for Canadian comedy artists. Premiering Saturday, Feb. 14 and airing at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings), Comedy Now! heads into its seventh successful season with 13 all-new episodes, starring, among others, Tim Nutt, Laurie Elliot, Daryn Jones, The Doo Wops and Gilson Lubin. Additionally, Anne Marie Scheffler stars in her hit one-woman show "Not Getting It," and Comedy Inc. star Aurora Browne hosts the one-hour special, “More Women of the Night.” The series premiere stars edgy, East Indian writer/comedian, Russell Peters.

A TV calling card for comedic success, Comedy Now! has been a showcase for numerous Canadian writer/comedians including Harland Williams, Shaun Majumder, Seán Cullen, Jeremy Hotz, Brent Butt, Brigitte Gall, Gavin Crawford, Derek Edwards, Elvira Kurt, Roman Danylo and Jason Rouse. Indeed, Tracey MacDonald, a performer from last season, became the CBS comedy Star Search grand champion in May 2003 and won a $200,000 development deal with CBS. The Gemini Award-winning series has won multiple international awards, including 13 Worldfest Festival Awards, and has been sold internationally, including to Comedy Central in the U.S.

In the hour-long premiere episode, four-time Gemini Award nominee Russell Peters wows viewers with his smart and irreverent outlook on family, marriage, and multiculturalism. Here’s Peters on:

East Indian History: Indian people were taken to South Africa as slaves. Who the hell uses an Indian slave? Do I look physically ready to do hard labour? My people don’t work that hard. Give us a calculator—we’ll do your taxes, man.

Growing Up in a Multicultural Society: When I was a kid, I wanted to be Jamaican so bad, I started dressing like a Jamaican. I started wearing a little red, yellow and green belt. I started talking like a Jamaican. I started listening to Reggae music. I started having kids I didn’t know about….

Inter-racial Marriage: Hook up a Jamaican with an Italian: they can have little Pastafarians. I could hook up with a Jewish girl: we could have little Hinjews. You get a woman from the Philippines, a guy from Holland: little Holapenos. A guy from Cuba, a woman from Iceland: little Ice Cubes. A French and a Greek: Freek. A German and a Newfie: little Goofies. It’s going to happen.

Part of Canada’s multicultural mosaic, Peters, a first-generation Asian Canadian of Anglo-Indian descent, has developed a unique act based on his heritage. A master of various dialects and accents, Russell is a natural for portraying racial stereotypes in  thought-provoking fashion. Peters has been a regular at Just For Laughs in Montreal and Yuk Yuks across the country, and has toured England performing with D.L. Hughley (The Hughley’s).

Comedy Now! is produced by Hi Guys Seven Productions in association with CTV and The Comedy Network, with the participation of the Canadian Television Fund created by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cable industry.

Comedy Now! airs weekly, Saturdays at 9 p.m. ET on CTV. The seventh season of Comedy Now! will debut on The Comedy Network in mid-March.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.