Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Free Press TV critic one funny fella

Oswald's comedy wins city contest

  • Print
HIS mother may still hope that one day he gets a real job, but Free Press TV critic Brad Oswald can now boast he's not only good at watching TV, he's also Winnipeg's Funniest Person With A Day Job.

Last night in front of a packed crowd of more than 260 people at Rumor's Comedy Club, Oswald won the title in a contest between nine finalists.

"An acknowledgment like this is a real incentive to keep on writing comedy," says Oswald, who flew back from the TV Critic's Tour in Los Angeles yesterday afternoon, using up a lot of Aeroplan points, he notes, to attend the competition. He hopped back on a plane at 9 a.m. today "to get back to some serious TV watching."

Oswald, who has tried his hand at comedy on and off over the past seven years, had the crowds rolling with a routine centred on his enviable day job and some self-deprecating humour about growing older.

And not only does he have the title of funniest Winnipegger to his credit, the grand prize for winning the competition is an expense-paid trip to Toronto, where he will perform at several comedy clubs.

Over the past eight weeks, 42 Winnipeggers competed in preliminary competitions at the comedy club. The other finalists competing last night included real estate agent Rob Bruneau, DJ Tyler Gardener, cable installer Kelly Irvine, bartender Dean Sabo, nurse Tracy Szumlak, University of Manitoba education student Kelly Lowen, sports medicine doctor Ondrej Pacin, and Ceridian Canada manager Lori Mitchell.

The competition was hosted by New York comedian Billy Jaye (he's appeared on Law and Order, and on Late Night with Conan O'Brian) who, of course, couldn't resist poking fun at Winnipeg and Canada.

He made fun of everything from our infamous winters, to our mosquitoes and our reputation as cheapskates.

"You think you have your own country, that's so cute," was the line that got the most groans and chuckles from the audience. But Jaye was serious about giving accolades to all of the city's funny folk who got up on stage last night.

"You have no idea how scary this was for everyone, so they all deserve a big round of applause."

The contest was so popular that Rumor's owner Ross Rumberg planned to do another call for Winnipeg's funniest people with day jobs, possible next September.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 18, 2003 $sourceSection$sourcePage

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Bowman pledges to find efficiencies at City Hall

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Perfect Day- Paul Buteux walks  his dog Cassie Tuesday on the Sagimay Trail in Assiniboine Forest enjoying a almost perfect  fall day in Winnipeg- Standup photo – September 27, 2011   (JOE BRYKSA / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS)
  • KEN GIGLIOTTI / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS / Jan 10  2011 ‚Äì WEB STDUP ‚Äì Frosty morning at -15 degrees C , in pic frost covers the the Nellie McClung statue  on the MB Legislature grounds at 7am

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you think e-cigarettes should be banned by the school division?

View Results

Ads by Google