Performers

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Ismaila, Alfa Ismaila Alfa

Ismaila Alfa hosts Up to Speed on CBC Radio One. He is also well-known in the Manitoba music scene. He spent many years touring Canada and the US as a hip hop musician. Originally from Nigeria, his mother is from Pipestone, Manitoba and…

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Ryan, Ash Ryan Ash

Ryan Ash is as entertaining as 90% of all fist fights. After beginning his career in Edmonton, Ryan has since moved on to the sunny shores of Winnipeg, where he has appeared three times in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival including a Best of…

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Peter, Brown Peter Brown

Peter Brown is the producer of CBC Radio’s sketch comedy program The Irrelevant Show.  He was the long-time host of CBC Edmonton’s afternoon radio show, Radio Active, and has also been heard on Tooth and Claw, Q, Sounds Like Canada, The…

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John, Caponera John Caponera

You may recognize John as the star of his own sitcom The Good Life or as the host of Comedy Central's sport show Jocks and ESPN's Talk II. Other credits include guest star appearances on ER, Love & War, Blossom, Tales From The Crypt, The…

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Tom, Cavanagh Tom Cavanagh

Canadian-born Cavanagh’s TV credits include the starring role in the series Ed, and he is soon to appear in the pilot for The CW’s new superhero spinoff The Flash. He is also recognized for stints on ProvidenceScrubs, Eli Stone, and moody…

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Graham, Chittenden Graham Chittenden

Graham Chittenden's performances include a 2012 Just for Laughs gala performance and appearances on Match Game and CBC's The DebatersPreviously, Graham has opened for Gerry Dee, Brent Butt, & Bob Saget, just to name a few. Most recently he…

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Bruce, Clark Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark is a Winnipeg writer and comic who is one of the few Canadians to have performed on the Tonight Show. He has appeared at Just For Laughs and the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and is a regular performer in Las Vegas. He has sold…

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Graham, Clark Graham Clark

Graham Clark resides in Vancouver, BC. He has appeared regularly on CBC’s The Debaters and for the past year was a co-host and writer of City TV’s The CityNews List. He has twice been nominated for a Canadian Comedy Award, (Best newcomer…

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Tricia, Cooper Tricia Cooper

A Theatre graduate from the University of Winnipeg, Trish has worked as an actor and a writer in Winnipeg and Toronto.  She began writing sketch comedy with the Royal Liechtenstein Theatre Company (RLTC) and wrote and performed…

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Caitlin, Curtis Caitlin Curtis

Caitlin Curtis is Manitoba's very own improv gem!  She is the Artistic Director of the Canadian Theatre of Improvisation and is heavily involved in the training of high school improv armies. 

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Tanyalee, Davis Tanyalee Davis

At 3'6", Tanyalee is the Ferrari of comedy - low to the ground and kind of racy. Canadian born, Tanyalee currently makes the stage her home while touring all over the world bringing the funny!
In August of 2013, Tanyalee performed her…

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Ivan, Decker Ivan Decker

Recently named “Funniest comedian in Canada under 30” Ivan Decker is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in the newest generation of stand up comedy. Dissecting and revealing the humour hiding in the everyday trials of today’s young…

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Sunee , Dhaliwal Sunee Dhaliwal

Sunee Dhaliwal may just be the fastest rising star on the Canadian comedy scene. Think of the funny guy in high school that both the jocks and the nerds liked.

His professionalism and reputation for being both a club and crowd…

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John B., Duff John B. Duff

John B Duff is a Winnipeg stand-up comic and the 2005 winner of Winnipeg’s Funniest Person with a Day Job competition. He placed in the top 10 of CTV’s Nationwide Corner Gas Comic Genius competition and was a local finalist in the Just for…

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Derek, Edwards Derek Edwards

Derek Edwards’ award-winning rural humour has made him the hottest property in Canada. Identifying himself with the ordinary working guy, his comedic gift is making the ordinary extraordinary. 

Based on his Timmins, Ontario rural roots, his…

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Jeff, Elliott Jeff Elliott

Jeff’s clean and clever comedy has made him a favourite at clubs, colleges and corporate events across the country. Having grown up with blue-collar roots in Oshawa, Ontario his comedy is accessible. However, behind his wide eyed, laid back…

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Matt, Falk Matt Falk

Matt Falk's comedy album; Apple Pie & Scars reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts and was named one of The Top Ten Comedy Albums of 2013. Matt is the writer of the record breaking Celebrations and Jubilations Dinner Theatre shows; ‘The Big…

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Dan, Glasswick Dan Glasswick

Dan Glasswick is originally from Calgary but now calls Winnipeg his home. Dan can be described as sarcastic and exploratory; off beat and on point. He has appeared in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Winnipeg Showcase. He is…

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Neil , Grahn Neil Grahn

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Hello, I'm NEIL GRAHN and my background in comedy is spottedly impeccable. I began my comedy career with a goofy little skitch troupe called Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie and we got our own (short-lived) TV series and…

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Jen, Grant Jen Grant

A nominee for "Best Female Comedian" by the Canadian Comedy Awards, Jen Grant has performed at all major festivals in Canada including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, as well as the Halifax, Vancouver, St. John’s NFLD, and…

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Mike , Green Mike Green

Mike Green has been quietly building a reputation for the past 5 years by working with some of the top comedic acts in North America as well as freelance work with the CBC. He's always eager to get onstage at any type of show, from the…

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Tom, Green Tom Green

You know Tom Green from his anything-goes run as the funniest, most unpredictable personality on MTV, and his unforgettable, deliciously loony roles in uproarious film comedies including "Road Trip" and "Freddy Got Fingered."

Tom is…

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Phil, Hanley Phil Hanley

Phil Hanley started stand-up comedy in Vancouver. After touring Canada coast-to-coast many times, including Just For Laughs in Montreal and recording his own national televised comedy special, Phil decided to relocate to New York City.…

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Ali, Hassan Ali Hassan

Ali Hassan is the Lead Comedy Panelist every evening on the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight show on CBC Television. He has also been featured on CBC Radio's Laugh Out Loud and The Debaters. His hosting talents have helped ensure the success…

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Dave, Hemstad Dave Hemstad

Dave Hemstad is a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee who made his national television debut on CBC at the Halifax Comedy Festival in 2002.  Since then he has performed in every province and territory in Canada and is currently a…

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Chadd, Henderson Chadd Henderson

Chadd started improvising in high school and has not stopped since. As a member of Outside Joke he’s had the opportunity to perform not only in his hometown of Winnipeg, but all across Canada. Chadd also has been teaching improv almost as…

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Stuart, Holden Stuart Holden

Stuart was born in Sydney, Australia, and grew up in the suburbs of Adelaide. He completed a Bachelor of Science majoring in botany and zoology at the University of Adelaide. He is currently practicing in Winnipeg at Oakley Optical Eyecare…

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Katie-Ellen, Humphries Katie-Ellen Humphries

Katie-Ellen is the 3-time Canadian National 5k Open Water Swimming Champion. That’s unrelated to comedy, but it’s still pretty impressive. Arguably more impressive than the time she opened for Bruce McCulloch (Kids in the Hall) at San…

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Leif, Ingebrigtsen Leif Ingebrigtsen

Leif has been doing improv since 2000, but has been performing his whole life. He has played a wide variety of musical instruments, including piano, keyboards, guitar and drums for as long as he can remember. After high school, Leif…

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Dean, Jenkinson Dean Jenkinson

Dean Jenkinson gets to be part of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival most years because he lives in Winnipeg and does comedy. During the day, he writes jokes for 22 Minutes and other shows. Famous people who have delivered jokes he's written…

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Daryn, Jones Daryn Jones

A professional stand-up since he was 17, Daryn also co-wrote and co-starred in The Buzz, which aired 7 seasons on The Comedy Network.  Later, he wrote for and appeared on The Rick Mercer Report on CBC, and was host and creative producer of…

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Julie, Kim Julie Kim

Julie Kim is a Canadian Comedy Award nominee. She was a gala performer at the 2012 Halifax Comedy Festival. In 2013, Julie performed with some of North America's best comics at the Hubcap Comedy Festival and the Edmonton Comedy Festival. She…

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Simon, King Simon King

Simon King utterly changes a room when he hits the stage. His high energy, dynamic, intelligent and edgy comedy style makes him nothing short of a force of nature. Simon is well known for explosive performances offering sharp socially…

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Rebecca, Kohler Rebecca Kohler

With the face of an angel and a tongue as sharp as a Mach-17 razor, Rebecca Kohler is full of surprises. Life is hard, sometimes tragic, and Rebecca is no stranger to these realities; in fact she uses life's hardships and truths to create…

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Elvira, Kurt Elvira Kurt

Elvira is a Second City Alumnus who has had many years of comedic success in Canada and the U.S. She has starred in The Comedy Network’s series’ Popcultured with Elvira Kurt  and Elvira Kurt: Adventures in Comedy and has had her comedy…

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Sean, Lecomber Sean Lecomber

Sean filmed his first Just for Laughs gala in 2013.  The winner of the Just for Laughs homegrown competition in 2007 his other festival appearances include 2009 and 2011 Halifax Comedy Festival.  A two time Canadian comedy award nominee…

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Sook-Yin, Lee Sook-Yin Lee

Sook-Yin Lee loves a good story. The musician, filmmaker, actor and radio and TV broadcaster fronted the art-rock band, Bob’s Your Uncle before embarking on a solo career. The former MuchMusic VJ hosts the salon-style radio show…

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Andrew, Lizotte Andrew Lizotte

Andrew got his start as a professional performer seven years ago when he began doing stand-up comedy. In that time he has already been on the road under the Yuk-Yuk’s comedy chain, done rural tours for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, as well…

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Jacqueline, Loewen Jacqueline Loewen

Jacqueline is a member of Hot Thespian Action, a Winnipeg group that has produced fantastically well received, sold out, shows for the last six years of Winnipeg’s Fringe Festival. They have also been nominated the past two years for…

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Chantel, Marostica Chantel Marostica

Known for her high energy, physical comedy, creates scenarios through impressions, delivery and timing, making Chantel a captivating performer, with a skewed perspective on observational comedy.

Chantel hosts at Rumors Comedy Club,…

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Kevin, McDonald Kevin McDonald

Comedian, actor, writer and director Kevin McDonald founded “The Kids in the Hall” with friend Dave Foley, after they met in Toronto at Second City, and the television series ran from 1988-1995. In the troupe's television series and stage…

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Mark, Meer Mark Meer

Mark Meer is a writer and performer on all previous incarnations of the Irrelevant Show. He is a core company member of the Canadian Comedy Award-winning improv troupe Die-Nasty, a founder of the comedy troupe Gordon's Big Bald Head, and a…

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Howie, Miller Howie Miller

Howie Miller has been featured on both Canadian and American television as a stand up comedian and actor. In the Spring of 2009 he appeared on the Showtime special "No Reservations Needed". His numerous Canadian television appearances…

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Ted , Morris Ted Morris

Ted Morris always looks like he's having the most fun in the room when he's on stage. His intelligent, off-beat humour and wickedly charming smile lets us all know that our slightly warped thoughts are just fine.

He's been called "fresh…

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Tyler, Morrison Tyler Morrison

Tyler Morrison is a 30 year old stand-up comedian quickly emerging as one of the most talked about young headliners in the country with his fearless brand of working class comedy. He has made appearances in The Boston Comedy Festival, The…

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Cris, Nannarone Cris Nannarone

With more than 3,500 live performances, stand-up comedian Cris Nannarone is a veteran road warrior. Nannarone has traveled throughout North America headlining comedy clubs, festivals, conferences and everything in between.

Cris’ style…

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Matt, Nightingale Matt Nightingale

Matt Nightingale is a stand-up comic from Winnipeg whose act has been described as "inappropriate for a funeral setting". A regular guest at Rumor's Comedy Club, Matt has appeared in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, the Winnipeg Improv…

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Andy, Noble Andy Noble

After just over a year on the Winnipeg comedy scene, Andy Noble has managed to leave his mark with his not-too-dirty, not-too-clean, but always-honest observations. In the last 6 months he's been a writer for Shaw tv's comedy talk show…

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Jana, O'Connor Jana O'Connor

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JANA O'CONNOR'S
voice was born and raised in Edmonton. It has worked in the capacity of actor, improvisor and theatre instructor and has recently found a new incarnation as an award-winning playwright. Jana's voice…

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Darryl, Orr Darryl Orr

Darryl Orr is a 34 year old stand up comedian, musician, and coward. Darryl has been performing stand up in Toronto for six years and has quickly gained a reputation as someone who has been performing stand up in Toronto for six years. In…

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Bill, Pats Bill Pats

Bill Pats is a natural storyteller who shares stories taken from his real life so you feel better about yours. His dark, honest, and personal approach to comedy has made him a fan favourite in the Winnipeg comedy scene. After two…

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Steve, Patterson Steve Patterson

Familiar to over 700,000 weekly listeners as the host of CBC Radio One’s hit show The Debaters and to thousands more as a headliner stand-up comedian, Steve Patterson is a household name in Canadian comedy.


He has taped nationally…

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Jean, Paul Jean Paul

Jean Paul's comedy is culled from his cultural crazy quilt of a childhood - born in Trinidad, raised in Brooklyn and currently residing in Toronto.

"Savage wit and spontaneous combustion combine into an explosive comedic barrage. This…

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Nikki, Payne Nikki Payne

Nikki has traveled the world with her unique sense of humor, performing at major comedy festivals such as The Las Vegas Comedy Festival and Montreal’s Just For Laughs. You may have seen Nikki on your television in programs such as CTV’s…

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Rob, Pue Rob Pue

A gregarious and dynamic comedian with a knack for telling it like it is, Rob has become one of the brightest voices to hit the Canadian comedy scene.

With unmistakeable charm, wit and trade-mark act-outs, Rob is a must…

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Paul, Rabliauskas Paul Rabliauskas

Paul Rabliauskas is “Manitoba’s fastest rising comic”, a member of the Poplar River First Nation Paul has been able to share his experiences from living in rough Neighborhood’s to overeating to his advantage. Paul’s high energy and his…

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Al, Rae Al Rae

Al Rae is a Winnipeg stand-up comic and comedy writer. He is the winner of the Just for Laughs National Homegrown Comic Competition 2000. Prior to Little Mosque on the Prairie, Al was a writer on the sitcoms Blackfly and Big Sound

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J.D., Renaud J.D. Renaud

J.D. Renaud is one of the most prolific and righteously twisted voices in the Winnipeg comedy scene. Voted Winnipeg's Favuourite Comedian for 2013 by the readers of the Uniter, he's appeared on CBC Radio's DNTO and The Confessional, and his…

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Darrin, Rose Darrin Rose

A familiar face on television, Darrin Rose hosts Match Game on the Comedy Network, plays Bill on the CBC sitcom Mr. D, and is a regular cast member on MuchMusic’s Video On Trial. A four-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee – including Best…

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Evany, Rosen Evany Rosen

Originally from Toronto, Evany Rosen started out performing sketch and improv with the Second City-born troupe Statutory Jape. Moving to Halifax, she became a founding member of the Canadian Comedy Award winning…

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Sandra, Shamas Sandra Shamas

One of Canada’s most celebrated comic artists, Sandra Shamas came into her own as a performer, writer and producer in the mid 1980s with My Boyfriend's Back and There's Gonna Be Laundry. From its very first performance at the Edmonton…

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Stephen, Sim Stephen Sim

Stephen Sim is one half of the internationally renowned improv theatre duo CRUMBS and the Artistic Director of the Winnipeg IF... Improv Festival. He has been performing and leading master classes in improvisation since before the "two…

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RobYn, Slade RobYn Slade

RobYn Slade improvises with musical company Outside Joke, the wild and gory DnD Improv Show, and has had the pleasure of performing at festivals and theatres across North America including Rapid Fire Theatre's IMPROVAGANZA, the Vancouver…

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DeAnne, Smith DeAnne Smith

DeAnne Smith, a three-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee (2011, 2012, 2013) has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for…

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Rachel, Sommer Rachel Sommer

Dr Rachel Sommer is the world’s funniest optometrist. It’s even written on her business cards. Comic by night, mild mannered optometrist by day, Winnipeg’s Dr. Rachel Sommer has been trying to spread both laughter and moderately improved…

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Ron, Sparks Ron Sparks

Best known for starring in MuchMusic’s Video on Trial and its spin-offs, Ron has many credits as a writer (22 Minutes, Little Mosque), actor (NBC's The Firm, Medium Raw) and producer (Meet the Family, This Movie Sucks!). He’s won the…

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Winston, Spear Winston Spear

Winston Spear is a unique comedian with a deep deadpan delivery who has been called the King of the Obscure. Although his slightly disturbed sensibility makes him a sure-fire hit, there is a certain charisma that endears Winston Spear to…

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Tim, Steeves Tim Steeves

A triple Gemini Award winner, Tim is currently a staff writer for CBC Television’s No. 1 comedy show The Rick Mercer Report.  Tim has written for several seasons for This Hour has 22 Minutes, and was nominated for a Gemini for his writing…

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Jon, Steinberg Jon Steinberg

Jon’s deadpan, cerebral style has garnered him many accolades over the years. He’s a past winner of the Chevy Chase Award from the Humber School of Comedy, a Canadian Comedy Award nominee, he’s been featured in a half-hour network special…

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Big Daddy, Tazz Big Daddy Tazz

For more than a decade and a half, Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and television. He recorded his own Comedy Now! special in 2008 and has appeared in many national festivals including Just for…

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Jane, Testar Jane Testar

Jane is a multidisciplinary comedian, regularly performing both improv (with Outside Joke) and sketch comedy with Hot Thespian Action. Jane is also a member of the theatre ensemble, Foolish Wit, who perform Commedia Dell’arte and have…

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Dan, Verville Dan Verville

A born and bred Winnipegger, Dan Verville brings his honest and quirky observations to the stage that make for hilarious commentary.  Dan is one of the youngest comics ever to headline Rumor's Comedy Club, has been a part of the Winnipeg…

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Ben, Walker Ben Walker

Originally from Regina, Ben is a rising comedian whose quick off-the-cuff style engages himself to the audience.  Ben has been featured on CBC's Laugh out Loud, Winnipeg's Just for Laughs Showcase and is a regular host at Rumor's Comedy…

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Christina , Walkinshaw Christina Walkinshaw

Christina Walkinshaw is a stand up comic living in Toronto. Her half-hour comedy special often repeats in the middle of the night while you’re sleeping. She was nominated for Best Female Stand Up Comic in the 2012 Canadian Comedy Awards. She…

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Jordan, Welwood Jordan Welwood

Jordan Welwood is a Winnipeg born comedian and writer. Jordan has been a finalist in the "Winnipeg's Funniest Person with a Day Job" contest, and headlined at Rumors Comedy Club. He has showcased for Just For Laughs, was featured on CBC’s…

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Peter, White Peter White

Peter White started performing in comedy at a small upstairs bar in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2005, and has been moving upward ever since . After performing for less than a year, he was named one of the top five "up and coming" comics in…

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John, Wing John Wing

A standup comedian for over three decades, John Wing sails into 2014 with The Great Plains Comedy Festival, The Hubcap Comedy Festival, and his 13th consecutive Winnipeg Comedy Festival on the schedule. He is a regular performer on CBC…

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Donovan, Workun Donovan Workun

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DONOVAN WORKUN
is an award-winning actor and improviser in several media. He is a founding member of the wildly successful Atomic Improv Co. As part of that group, he created North America's first two-man improv…

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