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Local comedian Brian Aylward wins Best Standup Comic

Mount Pearl native Brian Aylward has been named Best Standup Comic by the Canadian Comedy Awards.

Brian Aylward

Aylward, who moved to Thailand a few months ago, won the top honour after an online votes beating other finalists like Debra DiGiovanni, Derek Seguin, Lori Gibbs and Darrin Rose, who also has local roots.

Aylward has had an interesting life - or "idiotic adventures," as he calls them - from spending a year playing basketball in inner-city Detroit after calling up a coach he read about in Sports Illustrated, to hopping on a bus in New Brunswick and ending up in California four days later, taking a job as a t-shirt salesman on the beach.

Aylward got into comedy in South Korea in 2005, after losing a bet.

His comedy video about St. John's potholes went viral a couple years ago, and he made it to the Top 8 in Sirius XM's Canada's Next Top Comic. He has performed at comedy events worldwide.

"Thanks to everybody who voted," Aylward posted on Facebook after being named Best Standup Comic Sunday evening. "I'm very grateful for all the support. Now, somebody tell my bank account."

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