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McKellar tops comedy noms

'Made in Canada' leads other categories

MONTREAL — Salter Street Films’ satirical series “Made in Canada” leads the nominations for the first annual Canadian Comedy Awards, with six.

“Made in Canada” received the most noms Tuesday for a single TV show or movie, but the multitalented Don McKellar dominates with projects receiving nominations in legit, TV and film categories.

“Last Night,” McKellar’s film debut as a writer-director, garnered nominations for best male performance (Callum Keith Rennie), female performance (Tracey Wright), and direction and writing, both for McKellar. Comedy about the end of the world was released in the U.S. last year by Lions Gate Films.

The Toronto-based writer-director-actor also received a nomination for TV writing for his CBC sitcom “Twitch City” and “The Drowsy Chaperone,” while a play McKellar co-wrote with Bob Martin, Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison nabbed six legit noms.

“Made in Canada,” a popular comedy series about the entertainment industry that airs on pubcaster CBC, took nominations for female performance (Leah Pinsent), male performance (Rick Mercer, Peter Keleghan) and direction (Mike Kennedy).

“Made in Canada” is currently airing on some PBS stations in the U.S. under the title “The Industry.”

Another Salter Street production, “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” also on CBC, received five nominations, including female performance (Cathy Jones, Mary Walsh) and direction (Henry Sarwer Foner).

A couple of Hollywood-based Canadians snared nominations. For “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” Toronto native Mike Myers took noms for male performance in a comedy film and original screenplay for a comedy.

Jim Carrey was nominated for best male performance for his turn as Andy Kaufman in biopic “Man on the Moon,” and Bruce McCulloch was nominated for best film direction for indie canine comedy “Dog Park.”

The upstart awards show will take place April 6 in Toronto, with the ceremony broadcast April 7 on the CTV Network and April 9 on the Comedy Network.

Writer-director-actor and Second City alumnus Dave Thomas, who co-starred in hit pic “Strange Brew,” will host the Canuck awards show.

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