Debra DiGiovanni has just been awarded the 2011 Canadian Comedy Award for best comic (female) for the third time in 5 years. She’s been called the “Best Comedian to see after a Messy Break Up” and for two years running-she was named her hometown Toronto’s favorite comedian. Debra’s comedy has a sharp edge while maintaining a playful, happy air. And her persona is one of the best developed of any comic working today- couple that with a hilarious act that is so personal everyone can relate- and you see why Debra is so popular. Her humor and charm lies in her unflinching honesty and openness, and rapid-fire delivery.
She began her career in 2000 and in just over a decade she’s made leaps and bounds in the comedy world- already with two Canadian ‘Comedy Now!’ stand up specials for CTV/Comedy network (2005/2008) and in 2009, she taped her first set on Comedy Central with her ‘Live at Gotham’ recorded in New York City. From there, she went on to win a Gemini award (Canada’s Emmy) for best-televised individual comedy performance of 2009 with her Halifax Comedy Festival special. Debra’s a favorite at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, with 3 galas under her belt (2007, 2009 and 2011). She was also a finalist on the 5th season of NBC’s hit show Last Comic Standing-making it to the Top 8 comedians. You can often hear Debra on CBC radio’s ‘Debaters’ program- in 2011- she received a Canadian Comedy Award nomination in the Comedy Writing for the show. And, Debra has become a nationwide favorite on the hugely popular Much Music show ‘Video On Trial’, which can now be seen on FUSEtv. In the winter of 2011- Debra debuted in the independent film Unlucky and her first stand up DVD (produced with her management team Levity Entertainment Group) “Single, Awkward Female” aired on the Showtime Network. And, this fall Debra will be joining the Just For Laughs tour moving across Canada through the fall of 2012. Watch for Debra’s tour dates at www.debradg.com
The Montreal Gazette~
“Debra killed with her steamroller style…” JFL 2011, Bill Brownstein