Canadian comics say they’ll lose money over Just For Laughs takeover of SiriusXM show
Hundreds of comics take to Twitter to let SiriusXM know that a JFL partnership means an end to a stable income.
Last year, SiriusXM Canada was instrumental in reinstating the Comedy Album of the Year category in the JUNO Awards. Ironically, this year the company is shrinking the platform many Canadian comics use to earn a living in the precarious profession.
Canada Laughs, a 24/7 SiriusXM radio show featuring purely Canadian content has been “revamped” with a Just For Laughs partnership.
For Canadian comics, the radio show provided an opportunity for national exposure and a chance to gain fans. It was where they showcased their art and got paid for it – a rarity in an industry that barters a gig for drink tickets. Comics were paid royalties when their tracks played on air. But the rebranding to Just For Laughs Radio means an end to this, comedians say.