'Young People F--king' dominates Canadian Comedy noms

The cast of 'Young People F--king' (Supplied publicity photo, 2007)

The cast of ‘Young People F–king’ (Supplied publicity photo, 2007)

Young People F–king, the romantic comedy at the centre of last year’s debate on Bill C-10 regarding government film sponsorship, has earned eight nominations from the Canadian Comedy Awards.

The 10th annual awards, which will be presented October 2 at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John, NB, announced the nominations for best in film, television and stand-up comedy on Monday. The awards show will air later in the season on The Comedy Network.

YPF follows four couples and one threesome through six stages of a sexual experience. The bedroom adventures gained recognition in the acting, writing and directing categories. The film’s stars – Josh Dean, Ennis Esmer, Peter Oldring, Kristin Booth, Natalie Lisinska and Carly Pope – all received nominations for their roles. Booth won a best supporting actress Genie Award for her performance earlier this year.

Martin Gero was nominated for directing the rom-com and shares a second nomination with Aaron Abrams for writing the screenplay.

Ottawa native Jeremy Hotz, who wrote for The Jon Stewart Show in the 1990s, has three nominations. He’s up for best male stand-up and has two nods in the category of best taped, live TV performance: one for his “Just for Laughs Gala” and another for “What a Miserable Show This Is.” Other best male stand-up nominees include Scott Faulconbridge, Glen Foster, David Pryde and Sugar Sammy.

Toronto’s Debra DiGiovanni has two nominations – one for best female stand-up and another for best taped, live TV performance for her “Halifax Comedy Festival” special. Also nominated for best female stand-up are Kate Davis, Shelley Marshall, Allyson Smith and Kristeen Von Hagen.

More Jon Stewart alum, The Daily Show writer Samantha Bee and partner Jason Jones, were named for their performances in Cooper’s Camera. Other films to earn recognition include Boyfriend Latte, Hooked on Speedman and Wild Cherry.

In the TV categories, CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes has five nominations, including best writing. In addition, CBC’s Rick Mercer Report has a writing nomination, while Alan Park received a nod for his performance in the final year of Royal Canadian Air Farce.

Other TV shows with multiple nominations include mockumentary sitcom The Jon Dore TV Show with three and Winnipeg-shot Less Than Kind with four.