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Alan Thicke, 22 Minutes Tribute Headline Canadian Comedy

Alan Thicke, 22 Minutes Tribute Headline Canadian Comedy Awards & Festival Week

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 06/28/12 -- The Canadian Comedy Awards Foundation in association with The Comedy Network are pleased to welcome home Alan Thicke as the host of the 13th Annual Canadian Comedy Awards (CCAs), happening Aug. 26 at Toronto's Fairmont Royal York. Best known for his role on the hit sitcom Growing Pains, Thicke is one of Canada's most recognizable exports, with success as an actor, television host, author, and composer.

The CCAs will also salute Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes with a gala performance on Aug. 24 at the Imperial Room of the Fairmont Royal York. Join cast members past and present for a look back at 20 years of the controversies and characters of 22 Minutes. Special guests from the worlds of entertainment and politics will join in at the special live celebration, hosted by CBC's Peter Mansbridge. Tickets are $40, and are now on sale through

All of this is in addition to an all-star showcase of this year's CCA nominees, happening Aug. 23-25. Tickets for individual shows at Comedy Bar are $12 each, and festival passes are just $30, on sale now through

Additional showcases at Yuk Yuk's featuring Best Standup nominees will be announced at a later date.

For more information or to vote on this year's Awards, visit

About the Canadian Comedy Awards

Since 2000, the Canadian Comedy Awards (CCAs) have awarded over 250 "Beaver" statues to projects and artists for their excellence in live performance, film, television, radio, and internet categories. Leading up to the Awards, a multi-day Festival featuring performances by nominated artists brings the very best in Canadian comedy to the CCA's host city. The CCAs are administered by the Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence (CCFE), a non-profit organization whose mandate is to "recognize, celebrate and promote Canadian achievements in comedy at home and abroad". The CCAs are one of the CCFE's core activities to accomplish its mission.

About The Comedy Network

Canada's first and favourite specialty comedy service, The Comedy Network airs comedy of all kinds, 24-hours-a-day, across multiple platforms, including a revolutionary broadband service at Launched in October 1997, The Comedy Network broadcasts, uncut and uncensored, an eclectic mix of scripted, 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 Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE)(NYSE:BCE), Canada's largest communications company, and is available in nearly six million households across the country. Contacts: Media Contacts: For more information on the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards, contact: GREY Group Canada Marshneill Abraham 416-486-7252

For more information on The Comedy Network, contact: Christy Sullivan Communications Manager 416-384-3624

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