July, 2012

15 Minutes of Fame

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15 Minutes of Fame
15 Minutes of Fame

15 Minutes of Fame

Open mic Comedy Competition 

A Be-Communications and Rogers Television Co-Production

Format: Series 7 x 30 minute episodes: 6 Eliminating episodes 1 Finale 


15 Minutes of Fame” is a weekly series 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 GM Centre Gala Show, Saturday, September 17th, 2011. 

Weekly episodes feature 6 comics. Bottom three comics will be 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. 

Featuring: Host: Darren Pyle Judges: Tamara “The Anterockstar” Leclair, Bob “Uncle Bobby” Solti, guest judge (1 per episode) YOU! 

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. 


Contest Period: July 10th -September 16th, 2011 

Compete for your “15 Minutes of Fame” and win the chance to perform a 15 minute set ahead of our headliner, Saturday September 17th, 2011. 

How to enter: Comedians perform during one of our open mic nights for a chance to win. 

July 10th – Junction Oshawa July 17th – Royal Ashburn Golf Club July 24th – Green Bottle August 7th – TBD August 14th – TBD 

6 comedians per open mic night will be chosen by judges for inclusion in the “15 Minutes of Fame” broadcast. During the event, three of these participants will be eliminated by judges, sending three semi finalist comedians to a round of online voting. 

5 Finalists perform for a finale round August 21st, 2011. 

Episodes, airdates, and onlne voting dates in the table below: 

Comedians with the most online votes at the end of the period move on to compete in a final round, in episode 6. During Episode 6, two comics will be eliminated by judges, leaving three comics moving forward to a last round of online voting from Sept. 5th to 16th. 

The Comedian with the most online votes at the end of the period wins, and is featured in the last episode along with his/her performance ahead of our headliner, Saturday September 17th, 2011. 

Judging Criteria 

Comedians will be judged on the following criteria: 

Poise/Stage Presence Originality of Material Audience Reaction Timing and Delivery Recovery/Improvisation 

Each comedian will receive a score out of 2 for each criteria giving them a score out of 10 from each judge, and a total score out of 30. Highest 6 scoring comedians of the night will be included in the broadcast, with the highest 3 going to online voting. In the event of a tie, winner will be chosen by lottery. Online Voting Top 3 Scoring comedians from each episode will move onto online voting according to the above schedule. Audience votes are collected by Rogers Television at www.rogerstv.com/ 15minutesoffame. Participant with the most online votes at 11:59:59 on the date of voting close is the winner. In the event of a tie, winner will be determined by lottery in the presence of participants, and DRCF and Rogers Television representatives.