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Celebrating its Milestone 100th Episode, Comedy Now! Kicks off its Eighth Season July 23 on CTV
-- Award-winner Jay Malone stars in 100th episode --

Toronto, ON (July 7, 2005) – Seven seasons and over 100 comedians later, with two Gemini Awards and 12 nominations, Comedy Now! reigns as Canada’s pre-eminent showcase for Canadian comedic talent. Comedy Now! kicks off its eighth season with 13 all-new episodes, premiering Saturday, July 23 at 10 p.m. ET on CTV (check local listings). The series will also air Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT beginning July 31 on The Comedy Network. The eighth season features the milestone 100th episode of the series starring award-winning comic Jay Malone.

A TV calling card for comedic success, Comedy Now! has been a showcase for numerous Canadian writer/comedians including Brent Butt, Seán Cullen, Gavin Crawford, Roman Danylo, Derek Edwards, Brigitte Gall, Elvira Kurt, Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder, Jason Rouse and Harland Williams. Many comics have gone onto much success including alumnus Brent Butt, creator, producer and head writer of Corner Gas, the No. 1 Canadian comedy series on CTV and The Comedy Network. Comedy Now! is a Gemini Award-winning series and has won multiple international awards, including 13 Worldfest Awards, and has been sold internationally, including to Comedy Central in the U.S.

This season features the comedic talents of Rick Currie, Debra DiGiovanni, Darren Frost, Jy Harris, Peter Kelamis, Nigel Lawrence, Daryl Makk, Jay Malone, Howie Miller, Dave Nystrom, Ian Sirota, Angelo Tsarouchas and Kerry Unger.

The hour-long 100th episode, airing August 6 on CTV and August 14 on The Comedy Network, stars Nova Scotia native Jay Malone. Malone has been performing on the Canadian Comedy Circuit for five years. He won the prestigious Just For Laughs Homegrown Comedy Competition in 2004 and will make a return appearance at the Just For Laughs Festival this summer. He recently signed with an American talent agency and has just returned to Canada after spending three months in Los Angeles auditioning for network sitcoms. He currently lives in Toronto and continues to tour Canada with his edgy and observational comedic style. In addition to comedy, Malone is also an accomplished cartoonist, writer and gifted actor.

In the 100th episode, Malone shares his smart and irreverent outlook on brain surgery, bike cops and blind dates. Here’s Jay on:

The Pressures of Brain Surgery: Sure, there’s a bit of pressure in comedy. Not compared to brain surgery. If I’m on stage and I bomb a joke, everybody goes home, nothing changes. If you’re being operated on by a neurosurgeon and their finger twitches, you go home smelling wet dog for the rest of your life.

Cops on Bicycles: Call me old fashioned, I just prefer my law men in vehicles that run on gas, not Gatorade.  You know, there’s just something strange about a man on a ten speed wearing spandex, holding a gun, should you really combine those? I mean if it’s gets really cold and it’s tight, he just gets trigger happy.

Blind Dates: So my roommate wants to set me up with this girl that he calls ‘reliable’. I’ve never seen the list of things guys say to each other but I imagine it goes something like this. Yeah man, she’s super hot. She’s not bad. She’s got a nice personality. Then she’s reliable. Yeah, then maybe she’s capable of feeding herself, is the next one down.  You’ll love her. She can blink and talk a little. It’s really developing her motor skills.

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.

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 14 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.

All comedy, of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, is the mandate of The Comedy Network, Canada's first-and-only specialty comedy service. Launched in October 1997, The Comedy Network offers an unrivalled slate of original Canadian productions, with 44 per cent of its revenues being reinvested in Canadian programming. To more than 4.8 million subscribers, The Comedy Network broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of stand-up, sketch, improv, and animated comedy as well as topical comedy talk shows, game shows and classic situation comedies. The Comedy Network is a division of CTV Television. Visit The Comedy Network's Web site at www.thecomedynetwork.ca.