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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 Centrewww.wcwrc.ca

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."

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gala Hosts Announced!

A stellar list of comedians are getting ready to descend on our city this spring for the 16th annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival, including Will Sasso, Gavin Crawford, Howie Miller and Nikki Payne, who are confirmed to host the gala shows.

Thursday evening’s Lady Like gala will feature Nikki Payne as host. Unrealistic expectations, double-standards and mansplaining begone! Comedians define femininity on their own terms, with a male comic or two thrown into the fray.

On Friday, the early gala Virgin Territory is hosted by Gavin Crawford. First child, first communion, first heart attack? Comics present material on virgin experiences.

Later Friday evening, Good Neighbours will see comics share stories about spying on neighbours in various ways: nations, cities, the house next door, the apartment adjacent, roommates… host of this gala will be announced soon, so stay tuned!

Saturday’s early gala, I Heart Love, has Will Sasso on board as host. Love… exciting and new… and...