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April 9-15, 2018

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Did you know that Winnipeg Comedy Festival does a raffle each year to raise funds for the Gas Station Arts Centre? Tickets are sold during the fest, with winning names drawn on the final day. Here are this year's winners!

M. Richard – 1st place – 2 flights anywhere WestJet fly

R. Collison – 2nd place – 2 tickets to all Gala performances 2019

M. Kowalchuk – 3rd place – 2 tickets to a Gala performance 2019

J. Wood – 4th place – A Villageopoly game

Thank you EVERYONE who bought tickets and participated in the raffle. We're sorry that every single one of you couldn't win... but please know you are all still winners in our books! 

Monday, April 23, 2018

CBC Manitoba's Patron's Pick!

A big congratulations goes out to the fan favourite of the festival and this year's winner of CBC Manitoba's Patron's Pick Award, Jane Stanton! 

Thank-you to everyone who voted for their favourite comics either online or at the performances during the festival this year. Your next chance to vote again will be during next year's festival, don't miss out!

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Time is running out to VOTE for your favourite comedian at this year's Winnipeg Comedy Festival! Jane Stewart from CBC will announce the winner of the Patron's Pick Award on Sunday at CBC Radio's The Debaters. Show starts 2:00pm at Club Regent Event Centre. Voting ballots are located at every show. You can also vote right here on our website! 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

To Be, or Knot To Be

"Whereas marriage is a beautiful thing and there is no time like the present, be it resolved that Tim and Dana MIGHT get married at the Club Regent Event Centre in Winnipeg."  

On Sunday April 15th the Debaters takes genteel persuasion to a romantic high. Comedy couple Dana Smith and Tim Gray (HUNKS) will debate. AND if Tim wins… THEY WILL BE MARRIED ON STAGE AT DEBATERS in front of the crowd! 

Come down and help Tim and Dana tie the knot. Or not. Their fate is in your hands! And lots of other great debates too. Help us ring out another great year by putting a ring on Tim and Dana!!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Putting the 'Dis' in Disability...

Just for Laughs Homegrown Champion and triple amputee Courtney Gilmour hosts the Dis’Ability show at Club Regent Event Centre on April 10 - and Winnipeg favourite Big Daddy Tazz has been added to the line-up!

The evening features all-star, all-pro comics bringing A-Game material illuminating how unique abilities have shaped their lives. With Curran Dobbs, Darryl Lenox, Nic Novicki, and Chloe Radcliffe. Opening set by local comedian Adam Schwartz. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Best Comedy Galas in Town!

The most highly anticipated shows each year are the Winnipeg Comedy Festival galas, held at the stunning 104-year-old Pantages Playhouse Theatre. Recorded live-to-tape for later broadcast on CBC, this year’s galas are:

Game On! / Thursday, April 12 @ 7:15pm

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. Host: Chris Jericho / Performers: Dave Hemstad, Erica Sigurdson, Simon Rakoff, Christina Walkinshaw, Rob Pue, Sterling Scott / Warm-up: Mikey Dubbs

Punching UP / Friday, April 13 @ 6:45pm

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. Host: Paul Sun-Hyung Lee / Performers: Katie-Ellen Humphries, Hoodo Hersi, Christophe Davidson, Yumi Nagashima, Carol Zoccoli, Simon King

Just My Luck / Friday, April 13 @ 9:15pm

Let’s face it, life sucks. But laughing about it...

Friday, March 16, 2018

'Kid in the Hall' to make WCF debut!

It’s time to get word out about some exciting additions to this year's stellar programming. Kids In the Hall legend Dave Foley will make his very first Winnipeg Comedy Festival appearance on Saturday, April 14, hosting the Everything's Relative gala at Pantages Playhouse Theatre. 

Dave joins already announced gala hosts and recent Canadian Screen Award winners Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Best Lead Actor, Comedy, for Kim’s Convenience) and Emma Hunter (Best Actress for Web Program or Series for Save Me) along with showbiz superstar Jonathan Torrens and wrestling royalty Chris Jericho for what is shaping up to be one of our best festival lineups ever.

“We could not be more thrilled by having Dave Foley on the bill,” says Winnipeg Comedy Festival’s Artistic Director Lara Rae. “We’ve tried to bring him to the Winnipeg Comedy Festival before, but schedules have not synced up. Now that the stars are finally aligning, we’re happy to add him to our star-studded list of gala hosts.” 

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Monday, March 12, 2018

Gala Hosts win Canadian Screen Awards!

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is proud to announce that two of our gala hosts this year will be the recipients of their own Canadian Screen Awards!

Known for his role in Kim’s Convenience, Paul Sun-Hyung Lee has won Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Lead Comedic Role. You can catch him at the festival this year hosting the Punching UP Gala on Friday April 13th at Pantages Playhouse Theatre. 

Emma Hunter has also brought home the award for Best Actress for a Web Program or Series for her work in CBC’s Save Me. She'll be hosting the Just My Luck Gala at Pantages Playhouse Theatre, also on April, 13th. Which sounds like our lucky day!

Don’t press your luck by waiting, and possibly missing out on getting your tickets! They are available online now...

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...