Comedian/musician Jon Brett enters CBC’s Next Up

by Sylene Argent

Following an unsuccessful attempt of advancing into the second round of CBC’s Searchlight, a music competition, local musician Jon Brett, who writes comical songs, has entered and successfully moved onto the second round of CBC Comedy’s Next Up.

  The local musician, who enjoys writing songs with a comical twist, explained CBC Comedy’s Next Up competition is seeking to find some of Canada’s funniest people.

  Brett was happy to announce he was selected as one of the top 100 amateur Canadian comedians who entered into CBC Comedy’s Next Up competition. This advancement earned him a spot in the competition’s second round.

  Just as the Searchlight competition, Brett entered his newest tune, “Kill it With Fire,” as the entry for the Next Up competition. The song was written after the Essex musician came across peculiar news stories on the internet that included individuals using an extreme measure that may have led to the burning down of their house to get rid of spiders.

  Brett said the genre in which he writes his own music may vary, but all of his song lyrics are comical.

  “I want [my listeners] to laugh, enjoy it, and I want it to be a surprise,” Brett has said of his music. “Most songs start one way, then change with that element of surprise. My main goal is to get [my song] stuck in their heads. So far, I have been successful in that regard.”

  To advance in the CBC Next Up competition, Brett needs online support. Those wishing to support Brett in this competition can vote online at until March 15th.

  The contest website notes CBC Comedy’s Next Up will give one winner the opportunity to perform at the 2019 Ha!ifax ComedyFest.

On March 20, 2019, CBC Comedy will reveal the top 10, who will be chosen between a combination of votes, results from social media challenges, and overall comedic quality.

A panel of comedy industry professionals will then select a winner from the top ten finalists. The winner will be revealed on March 29, 2019.

  To hear more of Brett’s music, check out

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