The Les Olivier Gala announced on Monday the list of its finalists, with a novelty in 2021: the COVID Artist of the Year, who will be chosen by the public. The ceremony will be broadcast on March 21 at 8 p.m. on ICI TÉLÉ and on the Radio-Canada website.
While comedians have competed in inventiveness to make Quebeckers laugh since the start of the pandemic, the Association of Professionals in the Comedy Industry (APIH) has retained five names for this new category. They are Rosalie Vaillancourt, Arnaud Soly, Mathieu Dufour, Alexandre L’Heureux and François Bellefeuille.
It is also the latter who will host the Gala Les Olivier 2021. Note that the comedian is also competing for the Humor Number and the Humorous Podcast of the Year for 3.7 planets.
Arnaud Soly also obtains three nominations, with Capsule or humorous web sketch and Olivier of the year.
Rosalie Vaillancourt is also on the list of comedians claiming the Olivier of the year. Along with Mariana Mazza, they are the only two women nominated in this category alongside eight men.
A figure which seems low, and appears in contradiction with the enthusiasm of the APIH for its new largely female creation team thanks to Marie-Christine Lachance, Korine Côté, Justine Philie, Sophie Polgari and Joanne Pouliot.
The vote for the COVID Artist of the Year will be available from March 5 to 19 on Radio-Canada.ca/Olivier.