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New show seeks province's funniest folk

Does laughter ring out whenever you're in the room? Knees sore from constant slapping? Got more one liners than George Street at 2 a.m?

Then get yourself, funny-bone included, to the Colonnade Conference and Convention Centre Sept. 1 and 2.

Why? That's when Newfoundland Box Office is holding an open audition call for its brand new TV show, "Newfoundland's Best Comedian."

Christy Ring (right) and Ron Gonzalez plan to hold auditions for their new TV show Newfoundlands Best Comedian Sept. 1-2. Photo by Mel Courage/The Telegram

Does laughter ring out whenever you're in the room? Knees sore from constant slapping? Got more one liners than George Street at 2 a.m?

Then get yourself, funny-bone included, to the Colonnade Conference and Convention Centre Sept. 1 and 2.

Why? That's when Newfoundland Box Office is holding an open audition call for its brand new TV show, "Newfoundland's Best Comedian."

"Think of it as 'Canadian Idol' meets 'Saturday Night Live,'" says show co-creator Christy Ring.

Ring says he and his business partner, Ron Gonzalez, "came up with the idea and brought it to Jesse Stirling (of NTV), and he loved it. He basically gave us a deal the same day - he gave us a letter of intent for broadcasting this fall."

Ring's been into acting and the stage for many years.

He moved back to Newfoundland in 2003 to work on a feature film he's producing on the Royal St. John's Regatta called "True Glory," "which we just got the go ahead on from the Newfoundland Film Board, so we're shooting that next spring or summer."

So why did he venture into comedy?

"I just love comedy. I've always loved comedy. I grew up watching 'Saturday Night Live.' I've talking about this idea for a few years and then Ron (Gonzalez) came along and he loved the idea because he's a bit of a comedian himself. (Newfoundlanders) are definitely the funniest people in the world. And there are just so many people out there who are unknown."

During the two days of auditions, Ring explains each applicant will be given three minutes to do a bit of stand-up comedy with the judging panel deciding who goes and who gets the golden ticket.

Thirty people will be chosen to move on to the next round.

From there, it's the usual on-air whittling down of contestants by the panel of judges until the very last episode at which the audience will vote for their favourite comic.

The big winner gets a cash prize of $2,500.

NTV's Toni Wiseman will host the series and each episode will feature two permanent judges, plus a guest judge.

Berni Stapleton and Kent Brown have already signed on and Ring says the invite has also been extended to Amy House, Beni Malone and Greg Malone.

Each show will be taped in front of a live studio audience and will showcase a lot more than just the contestant's stand up.

"We're going to put our own sketch comedy in between the contestants ... and we're going to have a musical guest on each show as well."

Ring says a number of local favourites, like Alan Ricketts and Jill Porter, have already been lined up, and that they're in talks with Shanneyganock, Sandy Morris and more.

"Newfoundland's Best Comedian" auditions are open to everyone over the age of 19, and are being held at the Colonnade in Pleasantville Sept. 1, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sept. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to register online, go to www.nlboxoffice.com.

Tune into "Newfoundland's Best Comedian" when it hits the airwaves this fall on NTV.

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Organizations: Convention Centre, Newfoundland Box Office, St John's Newfoundland Film Board Amy House Colonnade

Geographic location: Newfoundland, George Street, Pleasantville

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