Now in its ninth year, SiriusXM Top Comic Competition is a nationwide search for Canada’s best comedian and also the biggest comedy competition in Canada!

Toronto’s Ashley Moffatt, Cara Connors and Chanty Marostica are among the eighteen semi-finalists vying for your votes and a shot at the grand prize of $25,000, plus international exposure with a guaranteed spot to perform at JFL Sydney (Australia), as well as at JFL42 (Toronto), JFL NorthWest (Vancouver), and Just For Laughs Montreal and a JFL TV taping. YOWZA!

You’ve got until August 17 to cast your vote for your favourite comic here. (Limit of one vote per day.) At the end of the voting period, eight finalists will compete for the title of SiriusXM’s Top Comic live at the finale, headlined by Nikki Glaser, during JFL42 in Toronto this September.

Let’s make someone’s dream come true!!!

We’re catching up with a few local semi-finalists. First up, we’ve got Ashley Moffatt.

SDTC: As a child, what piqued your interest in comedy?

AM: I found an old joke book at my grandpa’s house when I was very young titled Why Cucumbers Are Better Than Men. Also my grandpa in general; he made everyone laugh. 

Can you share with us an event from adolescence that shaped who you are today?

When I was in the third grade I won the Billy Green Elementary School talent show with an impression of Tom Jones singing “What’s New Pussycat?” 

What did you excel at in school?

Forging notes. “To whom it may concern, I give Ashley permission to go to Carlo’s Pizza at lunch. Regards, Dad Moffatt.”

When did you realize you were an adult?

When my mom stopped paying my phone bill four months ago. Being thirty SUCKS.

What’s the best thing about your current age?

Being twenty-one is amazing! I can drink in the States!

What adventure did you recently have, and how has it changed your view on the world? 

I had Indian food for the first time pretty recently and I don’t want to eat anything else.

What thing do you not have any control over?

My eyebrows.

What has been the most awkward moment in the history of your stand-up career?

A bachelorette party threw a male sex doll at me just as the show began. I stomped his head in.

What other skill/talent do you possess that you don’t often share on stage?

I’m super good at yoga somehow.

What’s a current goal of yours?

I wanna apply for and get a job at This Hour Has 22 Minutes!

What does a perfect Saturday look like to you?

Going out for breakfast with my partner, walking around Toronto, making dinner together, and then cuddling up with our cat and watching a movie together.

How do you chill?

Sleeping pills!

Don’t forget to cast your vote here.