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15 minutes of Fame

“15 Minutes of Fame” was a weekly television series aired on RogersTV Durham featuring up and coming comics competing open mic style in various venues throughout Durham Region for an opportunity to perform a 15 min opening set at the
Durham Region Comedy Festival’s  Gala Show.

Weekly episodes feature 6 comics. Bottom three comics were eliminated within the broadcast, with three comics each episode promoted to participate in online voting for one week. Winner of online voting round that week moves on to a spot in a final round in episode 6. Episode 6 eliminates two more of our top 5 comics, sending three finalists forward for a final two week round of online voting.

The finale episode will reveal our winner and losers, profile our winner, and document the excitement of a first time breakthrough performance for one lucky budding comic.

Host: Darren Pyle
Judges: Tamara “The Anterockstar” Leclair, Bob “Uncle Bobby” Solti, guest judge (1 per episode)
Series 7 x 30 minute episodes:
6 Eliminating episodes
1 Finale
Airdates (approx.):
Episode 1 – Week of August 1st
Episode 2 – Week of August 8th
Episode 3 – Week of August 15th
Episode 4 – Week of August 22nd
Episode 5 – Week of August 29th
Episode 6 – Week of September 5th
Finale: Week of September 19th
In each of episodes 1 through 5 best six comics of the night will be retained for the broadcast, the bottom
three will be eliminated within the broadcast, and the top 3 going forward to a weeklong round of online
Winner of that week’s online voting returns to compete in one final round in episode 6.
Episode 6 features 5 finalists as determined in online voting, with the bottom two performances of the
night being eliminated, and top three returning to online voting.
Winner will be notified on the morning of Saturday, September 17th, 2011 via telephone call.
Our finale  featured reactions from each of the three finalists upon receiving news they have/have not
won the competition. The winner will be further profiled, his/her set broadcast, as well as pre and post
performance thrills.