April 9-15, 2018


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Line-up for 2018 revealed!

We’re bypassing the very tempting ‘sneak peek’ and going straight for the full-on reveal of comedic performances set to go down by the likes of Jonathan Torrens, Emma Hunter, Chris Jericho, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee, Derek Seguin, Ivan Decker, and many many more! 

Our line-up of nationally-known names blended with local entertainers will bring the best of both worlds to a microphone near you.

“We’re excited by both the variety of shows and quality of comedians on the schedule,” says Winnipeg Comedy Festival’s Artistic Director Lara Rae. “It’s always important for us to be able to showcase fine upcoming talent alongside bigger names throughout the festival, including at our much-loved galas. Be prepared for some great new talent to win you over.” 

More than 60 comics will perform in over 30 shows, in venues like Club Regent Event Centre, Rumor’s Comedy Club, Pantages Playhouse Theatre, The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, The Forks, Millennium Library, and the much-loved Gas...

Monday, February 12, 2018

Give your Valentine a GALA!

Some folks like to buy flowers for their Valentine. Or balloons. Or chocolates. Stand out among all the other Valentines and be the talk of the water cooler (and/or watering hole) by giving your Valentine a GALA!

On Tuesday, February 13, buy one $30 Gala ticket and get a second $30 Gala ticket entirely for FREE! Applies to in-person purchases only, at the Gas Station Arts Centre box office (10am to 6pm).

Here's an advance “sneak peek” at the 2018 Gala themes:

Thursday, April 12 @ 7:15pm / Game On! --Everyone loves sports! Except people who hate them. Here’s a show for both groups. Come laugh at sports and how we can’t stand them. Or live without them. 

Friday, April 13 @ 6:45pm / Punching UP --Gone are the days of looking down on the less fortunate. Look up… waaay up… It’s time to take shots at all the big shots. Even the little ones. 

Friday, April 13 @ 9:15pm / Just Kill Me? --Let’s face it, life sucks. But laughing about it doesn’t. Hysterical stories about...

Monday, January 8, 2018

January 20 @ Gas Station Arts Centre!

Next up in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival's "Comedy All Year" series... Your Hood's A Joke presents comedians repping their university, city or local neighbourhood. Watch stand-up comics roast each other’s territories in this battle-style roast with exciting put downs, witty barbs and unrivaled boosterism.

Ryan Ash (East K.) vs Paul Rabliauskus (Maples)

Andy Noble (St. James) vs Kate Schellenberg (West Broadway)

Matt Nightingale (U of M) vs Cathy Hebert (U of W)

Angie St Mars (Wolseley) vs Dana Smith (Westwood)

Dean Jenkinson (Tuxedo) vs Benji Rothman (Jewish Tuxedo)

Ben Walker (Regina) vs Mike Green (Winnipeg)

Tim Gray (Corydon) vs Danielle Kayahara (Osborne Village)

Jared Story (Dauphin) vs Chad Anderson (The Pas)

Tickets are only $10. You can get them online on our Tickets page, or bring your smiling face into the Gas Station Arts Centre Box Office and get your tickets in person! 

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

December 14 @ The MET!

It's almost Christmas! And have you been naughty or nice? While you ponder that paradoxical question... come and celebrate the season with comedians Martha Chaves, Ted Morris, Rob Bebenek and Mike MacDonald, who are coming together to shed some light and laughter on the ho-ho-holidays. Hosted by Lara Rae. 

Thursday, December 14

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre 

Dinner & Show $55 / 6pm

Show Only $25 / 8pm

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster or in person at the MET Box Office. Purchase a full table for dinner – 8 seats – and receive special pricing of $40 per seat (total $320 for table). You can click on our Tickets menu above, to get your tickets online now.


Hot Selections: Carved Black Pepper and Wild Mushroom rubbed Beef Brisket with Demi-Glace; Roasted Sliced Turkey served on a bed of Traditional Stuffing; Perogies topped with Bacon and Caramelized Onions; Maple Mashed Sweet Potato; Roasted Vegetable Medley. 


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Submissions Are Closed...

Wow, thanks for all the submissions for WCF 2018! We've got a lot of work ahead of us now, sorting through everything... so we must inform you that submissions are CLOSED.  

The 17th annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival takes place April 9 to 15, 2018, and we hope to see you there! 

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is The Gas Station Arts Centre flagship event and has come to include year-round outreach programs, Comedy All Year shows, rural shows, workshops and television broadcasts that attract over 2 million viewers annually on CBC. The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is proud to be the highest rated comedy festival series on CBC Television.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

And The Winners Are...

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival wrapped up on Sunday, April 9. More than 10,500 people enjoyed performances by 68 comics, over 43 shows. At the end of it all, the fans have spoken… choosing Nikki Payne as winner of CBC Manitoba’s Patron’s Pick Award!

From all the patrons who voted… two names were chosen to receive 2018 Winnipeg Comedy Festival passes. Congratulations Theresa Kuzina and Carla Stepnuk, and we’ll see you next year!

Finally, a “Gift of Flight” raffle was held this year, with the grand prize being a trip for two anywhere in the world that Westjet flies. Bon voyage Angela Wells! Additional winners in the raffle were Brad Cote, Mildred M. and Shelley Kowalchuk.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

WCF launches ‘Hygiene Drive’ at WECC shows

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is asking all patrons to please bring hygiene items for donation to ANY shows at WECC this week! Hygiene items can be… soaps, shampoos, feminine sanitary products, razors, tissues, etc. Donations are being gathered for the West Central Women’s Resource

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

CBC Manitoba Patron's Pick Award

The funniest comic of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival goes to... [applause]! You tell us! Vote for your favourite comic at this year's festival and the winner will be announced at The Best of the Fest / Mic Awards on Sunday evening.

To vote for the CBC Manitoba Patron's Pick, watch for CBC Ambassadors handing out ballots in the lobbies at every Winnipeg Comedy Festival show. You can also vote right here on our website, on the Performers' page.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Tommy Chong & Shazia Mirza added to the lineup!

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is pleased to add two more stellar names to the festival lineup.

Tommy Chong, known for his many comedic film roles over the years, will host the Good Neighbours gala on Friday, April 7 at Pantages Playhouse Theatre.

Shazia Mirza, one of the hottest comedians on the circuit today, will bring her hit stand-up show The Kardashians Made Me Do It to the West End Cultural Centre on Sunday, April 9.

"I'm delighted to have 'free radicals' joining the fest," says Artistic Director Lara Rae. "Both of these artists have spoken their minds at great personal risk, and I have incredible respect and love for both of them – they make me laugh and think at the same time!"

Also added to Sunday afternoon schedule is the FREE show You're Welcome – ethnic comedy for new and old Canadians, hosted by Martha Chaves, and featuring performances by Fatima Dhowre, Chad Anderson, Mark James Heath and Nile Seguin.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

WCF Unveils the 'Buy Local' Theme

Organizers of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival believe that buying local is a good habit, no matter where, when, or what you are buying - and that includes entertainment too.

"Our theme this year is 'Buy Local' because we want people to come out and enjoy the Winnipeg Comedy Festival – a world-class comedy gathering that’s right here in our own front yard," says Nick Kowalchuk, Executive Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

'Buy Local' also means different things on different levels, according to Artistic Director Lara Rae.

"We want to showcase fine local talent, so you’ll see local talent not only in the Indigenous-focused Winnipeg Show, but also peppered throughout the festival – including our much-loved galas," says Lara.
"We also want to celebrate that revenue from the festival stays local and benefits the Gas Station Arts Centre."