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CBC’S Still Standing Gets Second Season


(August 24, 2015 – Toronto, ON) The summer series, Still Standing had been widely embraced by Canadians, so much so that the CBC has declared it a hit and has renewed the comedy series for another season. While it is funny, and there is a bit of standup comedy, the show is really about those small towns with a lot of heart that dot the Canadian landscape. “I’m absolutely thrilled by the response we’ve had and can’t wait to get season two underway,” said comedian and host Jonny Harris, pictured in a publicity still from CBC. “When you tune into Still Standing you’re going to get grit, determination, good laughs and even some ‘who knew?!’ moments. I’m looking forward to finding more of these stories.” Jonny Harris, originally from Pouch Cove, Newfoundland & Labrador, has appeared regularly at The Halifax Comedy Festival, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and on CBC Radio’s The Debaters. He has appeared as both a stand-up and sketch comic at Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival. He has been a staff writer for the award-winning This Hour has 22 Minutes and was a contributing writer and star of Mary Walsh’s Hatching, Matching and Dispatching. He also plays Constable George Crabtree on CBC’s, The Murdoch Mysteries, for which he has garnered two Gemini nominations for best supporting-lead in a dramatic series. His stand-up special for Comedy Now! earned a Canadian Screen Award nomination. The unique series follows Harris as he travels across the country to small towns on the ropes who are managing to keep laughing in the face of adversity. During his week-long stint, he immerses himself in the local culture and mines enough material to put on an original stand-up comedy routine for the residents. Visiting towns from coast to coast, Harris uses his time to learn what makes each place special doing everything from being challenged to eat a 20 Ib. bag of apples in Berwick, NS, mounting a 10,000 Ib. Harley Davidson in Lytton, BC, befriending a yodelling cowboy in Manitou, MB and being a guest in an eight person town (six person in the winter) in Rowley, AB., to name just a few. The series’ production company, Frantic Films, is looking for suggestions of small towns to visit for Season Two. They are hoping to hear from small towns that boast a strong sense of community and a narrative of adapting in the face of adversity, after economic and industrial changes in their region. Interested viewers can nominate their town online at cbc.ca/stillstanding.