Debra di Giovanni

Debra DiGiovanni is a very funny woman — it says so on her business card! And the people agree. She was voted Canada’s “Best Female Comedian” at the 2007 Canadian Comedy Awards. This was her second win. In 2002 she was voted Canada’s “Best New Stand-Up.” Toronto’s NOW magazine (it’s the alt paper you must read as a Torontonian) called her “the best comic to see after a messy breakup” (it’s true! — she’ll hug you) and voted her self-produced stand-up show as the #1 show of 2007.

In 2007, Debra taped her first gala at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, and she has since been back to host the prestigious Home Grown Competition (2008/2009). She’s also performed at the Halifax, Winnipeg, Sudbury, Moncton and St John’s Comedy Festivals (all during the winter!!). In the spring of 2008, Debra enjoyed a successful west coast run with her “Girls Night Out” tour, and she ended that year by headlining Massey Hall for their New Years Eve gala (it was way better than going to a party alone!)

And-Debra’s on the TV too! Like, that time she was on the 5th season of NBC’s hit show “Last Comic Standing,” where she was chosen as a top 10 finalist competing against comedians worldwide — and finally making it to the Top 8 (a little British dude took her out of the running — they remain friendsÂ…for now). In 2008, she taped her second “Comedy Now!” special for CTV/Comedy network, and in 2009 she hosted the Cream of Comedy award show for the Comedy Network (she enjoys announcing the winner!). Debra is also a favorite on the hugely popular Much Music show, “Video On Trial.” Sometimes teenagers scream when they see her — who knew?