A Not-For-Profit dedicated solely to the advancement of Canadian comedy, The Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence was incorporated in 2003.

From 2003-2010, the CCFE functioned to apply and receive funding to produce a National Awards Show and Festival.

The board of CCFE expanded in 2008 and again in 2011.

In 2010, funding through the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund enabled the organization to promote Canadian comedy via a touring exhibit.

Mailing Address

Canadian Comedy Foundation for Excellence
500c-720 Bathurst Street
Toronto, ON
M5S 2R4   Canada

Mission, Mandate and Goals

Our mission is to recognize, celebrate and promote Canadian achievements in comedy at home and abroad.


We seek to continue a spirit of openness, inclusiveness, transparency, respect and support.


Our goals are to further develop the CCA's as the national organization, to identify and grow audiences for the CCA's, create continuous and sustainable financial support and succession and manage risk and exposure in order to be seen as a professional organization that will attract top talent.

Stakeholders and Constituents
National Stakeholders

Our stakeholders include venues for live comedy, digital media & content delivery (web, TV, movie theatres, screens), suppliers of equipment needed to produce digital media, government funding agencies and heritage protectors, and guilds.


Our organization is currently comprised of 2000 plus industry members - actors, writers and directors, stand-up comics and other live comedy acts, producers, agents and promoters.

We also currently have 13,000+ members of the general public - comedy fans and audiences - who participate in our annual awards process.


The CCFE has worked with many sponsors and government agencies.

City of London (2003-2007)
City of Regina (2008)
City Of Saint John (2009)
City of Ottawa (2013)
Province Of Ontario (Celebrate, OCAF)
Province of Saskatchewan
Province of New Brunswick (ACOA)
Heritage Canada
Corporate Partners

We have been fortunate to work with many partners over the years we are proud that most of our partnerships were for multiple years

The Comedy Network
Sirius XM
Big Rock
Kettle Vodka
Via Rail
ACI Brands
Fairmont Hotels
NOW Magazine
Conexus Centre
Creative Arts Savings and Credit Union
Steam Whistle Brewery
Diamond Estates Wine
Ramada Hotels
Delta Hotels
Humber School of Comedy
Mainstreet London
Grey Advertising Canada

Board bios
Tim Progosh, President and Founding Board Member

Actor, writer, producer and President of the CCFE. In addition to his stellar performing career, Tim has undertaken study at Rotman through the Institute of Corporate Directors in financial management as well as Not For Profit Governance. He has his Honours degree in Political Science and is a registered lobbyist. Tim has produced hundreds of hours of television and twice been nominated for producing and writing the televised version of the Canadian Comedy Awards.

Mark Breslin, Owner of Yuk Yuk's and Founding Board Member

Known for creating the huge Canadian success story with over 15 clubs across Canada, Yuk Yuk's, Mark knows the comedy business. He is also a highly accomplished author with 4 published books, a producer of television and currently sits as advisory board chairman and producer in residence at Humber College. He is a founding board member of the Canadian Comedy Awards, and was a comedy mentor for the B.C. Festival of the Arts.

Jeff Silverman, President of Yuk Yuk's and Founding Board Member

In the business of comedy for more than 30 years, Jeff is the business side of iconic Canadian comedy club franchise Yuk Yuk's. He recently published his first book, Funny Business: Business Lessons with a "Cents" of Humour. As president of the comedy-club chain, Jeff knows how to run organizations and is well respected for his expertise. Jeff has also produced countless TV shows and live music concerts including Canada's very first late night show The All Night Show, which was recently inducted in the Canadian Broadcast Museum.

Chas Hay, Founding Board Member

Chas. Hay is a veteran music journalist, television producer and show promoter. After a number of years as an entertainment producer and reporter at Global Television, in 1996, Chas. created and produced television's very successful Inside Country, a weekly, half-hour look at the country music industry from the "inside." The show aired for 6 years, across Canada and the United States, as well as in 53 countries around the world, earning five Canadian Country Music Awards for Best Television Program or Series.

Brian G. Smith, Director

Brian is the owner and director of You and Media. He is an award-winning alumnus of The Second City. He has created television, theatre and multi-media in Canada and the Caribbean. His creative production company, You and Media, has produced award-winning comedy films and innovative web series. He is also co-producer of StreamFest, a live-streaming festival that brings live Canadian comedy to the World Wide Web audience. As a senior faculty member of the Toronto Second City Training Program, Brian has helped hundreds of students find their creative spirits, and comedic voices.