April 9-15, 2018


Tommy, Chong

Tommy Chong

Grammy Award winning comedian Tommy Chong is legendary for his invaluable contribution to American counter-culture as part of the iconic comedy duo Cheech & Chong. During their reign, the twosome recorded six gold comedy albums, including…

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Gavin, Crawford

Gavin Crawford

Gavin Crawford is an award winning comedian, writer and actor best known for his character work on the Gavin Crawford Show and This Hour has 22 minutes. He has toured across the country, most recently with his latest solo show Friend Like…

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Howie, Miller

Howie Miller

Howie Miller is one of the funniest corporate and club comedians in North America. His quick wit and unique point of view on multi ethnic stereotypes is enjoyed by all audiences and has garnered numerous television appearances in both Canada…

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Nikki, Payne

Nikki Payne

A lot sure has happened since Nikki left the trailer park in Nova Scotia. Her sharp tongue, engaging charm and trademark lisp has garnered her multiple Gemini nominations and a 2014 Canadian Screen Guild Award for her role on CTV’s…

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Will, Sasso

Will Sasso

Will Sasso is reunited with Director Peter Farrelly in the role of 'Ben' opposite Ron Livingston on the new series, Loudermilk, coming to AT&T’s flagship Audience Network this fall. He first worked with the Farrelly Brothers as 'Curly' on…

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Spencer, Adamus

Spencer Adamus

Spencer Adamus started doing stand-up comedy about a year ago. He has performed at various open mics all over Winnipeg, at the Winnipeg comedy showcase at The Park Theatre, and recently placed second in Rumor's funniest person with a day job…

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Chad, Anderson

Chad Anderson

Chad Anderson is a stand-up comedian born and raised in Northern Manitoba. Actually this is weird, It's me Chad, I'm writing my own bio but trying to make it sound like someone else is writing it. Listen, I think I'm pretty good at stand-up,…

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Ryan, Ash

Ryan Ash

Ryan Ash is a fast rising member of the Canadian comedy scene. Ryan has been seen at the Winnipeg Comedy Fest five times and heard on Sirius XM. He was a semi-finalist in 2015 for Canada’s Top Comic, and has toured to exciting Saskatchewan…

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Gerry "The Big Bear" Barrett

Gerry "The Big Bear" Barrett is an Indigenous stand-up comedian based out of Winnipeg. In 2013 he performed at an Inaugural Ball for Barack Obama in Washington DC. So far there's been no contact from Trump. Gerry is also an Elvis Presley…

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Rob, Bebenek

Rob Bebenek

One of the fastest rising comics in the country, Rob Bebenek has smashed audiences from coast to coast. His sharp wit and observational rants have left audiences in stitches. Rob has received major praises from peers, critics and most of all…

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Ashley, Burdett

Ashley Burdett

Ashley was born and raised in Winnipeg and dang, she loves this wintery city. She has been doing improv for over ten years and spent five glorious seasons with the improvised soap opera Soap Scum. You may have seen her last year at the…

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Martha, Chaves

Martha Chaves

Martha Chaves’ infectious, candid style, and her natural ability to relate to any audience has made her a very popular headliner comedian at clubs, colleges, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate functions. She holds her audiences in a…

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Ify, Chiwetelu

Ify Chiwetelu

This Nigerian-born, former Calgarian quit a job in the energy sector to pursue her creativity. In doing so, Ify Chiwetelu charted her own path to form a career as a stand-up comic, improv performer, and comedy writer. She has written…

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Bruce, Clark

Bruce Clark

Bruce Clark is a comedian and writer who has appeared on many television programs including Just For Laughs and The Tonight Show. He will be hosting Tales From Late Night and performing on The Debaters on Saturday.

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Cara, Connors

Cara Connors

Cara Connors, a native Chicagoan turned Canadian, is a regular contributing writer for CBC Comedy, can be heard on Sirius XM’s Canada Laugh and is currently training at the Second City Conservatory in Toronto. She is also creating and…

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Carole, Cunningham

Carole Cunningham

Carole made her debut at the Winnipeg Comedy Fest in 2016 and is excited to return this year with her dry, observational humour on life, getting older, marriage and questioning societal norms. She has spent the past year opening for comics…

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Caitlin, Curtis

Caitlin Curtis

Caitlin Curtis is Manitoba's very own improv gem and has traveled across Canada, into the States and into Europe with improvisation. She is one half of the sketch duo Stephen & Caity. She is the Artistic Director of the Canadian Theatre of…

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Ivan, Decker

Ivan Decker

Since his television debut in 2011, Ivan Decker has quickly become a favorite amongst audiences and comedians alike across the country. A true-to-the-craft comic, Ivan Decker’s young take on a classic stand-up style is a talent found few and…

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Charlie, Demers

Charlie Demers

A Vancouver comedian, author and playwright, Charlie was heralded by CBC Radio as "truly one of the smartest comics out there." In addition to having performed in clubs and at festivals across the country, and as a regular guest on CBC’s…

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Fatima, Dhowre

Fatima Dhowre

With her charming smile and wit, Fatima Dhowre has quickly established her place in Vancouver's thriving comedy scene. Fatima's been featured in Just For Laughs NorthWest, Vancouver's Northwest Comedy Fest, Sirius XM’s Next Top Comic,…

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Trevor, Dineen

Trevor Dineen

In addition to co-hosting Now or Never, Trevor makes rush hour fun as the traffic reporter on Information Radio 89.3FM/990AM, CBC Manitoba's flagship #1 morning show. And when he's not guiding drivers through stalls and collisions, he's…

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, DJ Lil Win

DJ Lil Win

In 2000, Lil Win began her DJ career in her hometown of Flin Flon, Manitoba, where she quickly learned to diversify her music lists by playing weddings, socials, and the local bar (yes there was only one). Incorporating her fandom for movies…

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Sean, Emeny

Sean Emeny

Sean Emeny made his Canadian television debut right here at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival in 2015. That year he also taped the Halifax Comedy Festival and won the Just For Laughs Homegrown competition. Before proofreading, he accidentally…

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Matt, Falk

Matt Falk

Matt Falk was called “Effortlessly Funny” by the CBC. He’s performed at Just For Laughs, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Halifax Comedy Festival. His album Apple Pie & Scars reached #1 on the iTunes Comedy Charts. It’s currently being…

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Adrienne, Fish

Adrienne Fish

Based out of Toronto, Adrienne Fish was nominated by NOW Magazine as Toronto’s Best Female Stand-up and for the Tim Sims Encouragement Award in recognition of up and coming talent. Adrienne recently recorded her first nationally aired TV…

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Glen, Foster

Glen Foster

Glen Foster has been one of the top comedians in Canada for over 30 years. A mainstay on the Canadian circuit, Glen didn’t just work the road, he’s one of the comics who built it. And he is still going strong, having recently made his eighth…

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Janique, Freynet-Gagné

Janique Freynet-Gagné

Janique Freynet-Gagné est une jeune femme francophone du Manitoba. Elle est une mordu de l’improvisation et du théâtre. Capitaine des bleu à la Ligue d'improvisation du Manitoba (LIM), pour la première fois cette année, elle a su apporter…

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Steve, Glassman

Steve Glassman

Steve Glassman is a one of Canada’s veteran entertainment media producers/directors. With a career that spans four decades he’s played a leading role on hundreds of award winning national TV and radio projects including the Winnipeg Comedy…

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Jen, Grant

Jen Grant

Jen Grant has had numerous television appearances on CBC and the Comedy Network and is happy to be back at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival for the third time. She was the first Canadian finalist of the Boston Comedy Competition and had the…

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Tim, Gray

Tim Gray

Tim Gray is so happy to be back performing at the Winnipeg Comedy Fest! Past festival appearances include JFL Northwest, Toronto Sketchfest, Montreal Sketchfest, and a couple times at the Winnipeg Folk Fest (as a camper).  He hosts a weekly…

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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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Patrick, Haye

Patrick Haye

Patrick's performed all over the country, and in numerous different Comedy Festivals like Halifax, and Just For Laughs. He's done a TV taping for Kevin Hart's Laugh Out Loud Network. He's also performed with several great Comedians including…

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Mark james, heath

Mark james heath

Mjh is a poet, actor, and comedian from Chicago IL. Aside from being alumni of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival he has also appeared at The Halifax Comedy Festival, Sudbury LOL Festival, and JFL42. Mjh is the founding member of International…

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Dave, Hemstad

Dave Hemstad

Dave Hemstad is an award winning comedian who is widely accepted to be one of Canada's best. An accomplished writer and actor as well, Dave is a regular guest on The Debaters on CBC Radio and is a writer for the CBC TV series Still Standing.…

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Robby, Hoffman

Robby Hoffman

Robby Hoffman is a small red-headed ex-Chasidic lesbian Jewish stand-up comedian and writer. Her original voice resonated early on and earned her New Faces at JFL42 (2015). She also performed at Off-JFL in Montreal (2016). She was fan…

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Dean, Jenkinson

Dean Jenkinson

Dean Jenkinson writes and performs comedy from his home in Winnipeg. He's someone who hates labels; you know the type - a "label-hater."

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Jackie, Kashian

Jackie Kashian

Jackie Kashian is from South Milwaukee, Wisconsin which she loves like The Shire. Her stand-up has been described as “like listening to a really racy episode of All Things Considered.” She draws on personal experiences, but with a sardonic…

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Barry, Kennedy

Barry Kennedy

Former fighter pilot flies again – but this time the thrill comes from making people laugh. Barry Kennedy grew up in Winnipeg, graduated from high school in Richmond, BC, and subsequently Royal Roads Military College in Victoria with a…

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Julie, Kim

Julie Kim

Julie Kim is two-time Canadian Comedy Award nominated stand-up comedian. She has performed in comedy clubs across Canada and the United States, and at several comedy festivals including Just for Laughs Northwest, the Halifax Comedy Festival,…

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Deborah, Kimmett

Deborah Kimmett

Deborah Kimmett is a regular on CBC Radio's The Debaters. She has appeared on DNTO, Laugh out Loud, and Sunday Showcase on CBC. She is also an improvisational expert popular on the speaker circuit, teaching businesses how to say yes…

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Nathan, Macintosh

Nathan Macintosh

With his ranty, need-to-get-this-out style, Nathan Macintosh is an award-winning comedian who offers a deeper, different perspective that’s always fresh and funny. His opinions and thoughts focus on a unique sense of individuality, making…

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Jeff, McEnery

Jeff McEnery

Jeff McEnery quickly established himself as one of the fastest-rising stars in comedy when he won the prestigious Tim Sims Encouragement Award and followed that up by winning Yuk Yuk's $25,000 Great Canadian Laugh Off and “Best Stand Up…

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Kathleen, McGee

Kathleen McGee

Kathleen is the girl your parents warned you about. She will make you laugh and blush all at the same time. She's often labeled as dirty but she prefers honest. The darkest thoughts you've had Kathleen says them out loud. Kathleen has been…

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Shazia, Mirza

Shazia Mirza

Shazia Mirza has performed all over the world. She has appeared on The Jonathan Ross Show with Hugh Jackman, (UK) Loose Women (UK), The Late Late Show, and her latest stand up show The Kardashians Made me Do It is a satire on ISIS, political…

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Ashley, Moffatt

Ashley Moffatt

Noted lesbian Ashley Moffatt is a comedian, writer, and father figure to two small dogs. Winner of the Mark Breslin Award for Stand-up Comedy Excellence, two time Fresh Meat Nominee, and, if you misspell her name "Moffat", you can find her…

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Matt, Nightingale

Matt Nightingale

Matt Nightingale's absurdist/observational joke writing has made him a favourite among local comedy nerds. A regular host at Rumor's Comedy Club and member of sketch group HUNKS, Matt has performed in comedy clubs and festivals across North…

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Andy, Noble

Andy Noble

Over the last four years, Andy has been making a name for himself with his not too dirty, not too clean, but always honest, style of comedy. On any given night Andy can be seen performing all over Winnipeg, and has made multiple appearances…

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Tim, Nutt

Tim Nutt

Tim Nutt tells jokes, well, more like funny stories with jokes and has been getting away with it for just over 20 years. Tim pushes comedy to explosive new levels and dimensions. He expertly explores the hilarity in everyday life, delighting…

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Steve, Patterson

Steve Patterson

Steve Patterson is best known as host of the hit show The Debaters on CBC Radio One. He has been a professional headliner since 1997 and has taped numerous national television specials in the past decade including four Just For Laughs galas.…

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Tyler, Penner

Tyler Penner

Tyler Penner is more than just a pretty gross face. He's been been writing and performing comedy at Winnipeg clubs and open-mics for over seven years. In 2015, Tyler was featured in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival's Fish Out of Water Gala, was…

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Amanda Brooke, Perrin

Amanda Brooke Perrin

Coming from an improv and sketch background, Amanda Brooke Perrin ventured out into the stand-up comedy scene in 2007. Since then, she has multiple comedy festivals under her belt including Just For Laughs, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival,…

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Eric, Plamondon

Eric Plamondon

If you google Eric Plamondon, you will read much more than you want, because it also happens to be the name of a famous Québecois novelist. Not that there is anything wrong with reading, and not that there is anything wrong with Québec. BUT…

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Rob, Pue

Rob Pue

Starting his stand-up comedy career in Edmonton Alberta in 1996, Rob Pue has since travelled the world, making his mark on some of the biggest stages the business has to offer. In 2003 he took his talents to the United States, beginning in…

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Lara, Rae

Lara Rae

Lara is the co-founding Artistic Director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. She was the JFL Homegrown National Champion in 2000, an award-winning television and radio writer, and one of the developers of the international hit show Little…

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Rebecca, Reeds

Rebecca Reeds

Since her debut in Ottawa, Rebecca Reeds has quickly become a comedian to watch out for. She's been described as “completely literate” and “female,” a dangerous combination. Rebecca has recorded for CBC, Sirius XM and has performed at…

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Benji, Rothman

Benji Rothman

Benji Rothman used to play chess. He was the Grade 1 Manitoba provincial chess champion. Now he does comedy, which is similar to chess in that soul-crushing failure awaits you at every turn. Comedy is different from chess in that chess is…

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Jacob, Samuel

Jacob Samuel

Jacob Samuel is a nice Jewish boy and a very funny stand-up comedian who's been featured on Sirius XM Radio, Shaw TV's Talent Time, and the JFL Northwest comedy festival. In addition to performing smart, biting stand-up, Jacob is also an…

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Kate, Schellenberg

Kate Schellenberg

Kate Schellenberg is originally from the East Coast. She got tired of the mild winters, pleasant people and being near the ocean so she packed her bags and headed to Manitoba. Kate performs at different open mics around the city and got her…

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Nile, Seguin

Nile Seguin

Nile Séguin is one of Canada’s funniest comedians. With appearances on Comedy Network’s critically acclaimed The Beaverton as well as People of Earth and The Expanse, Nile is also known as Alister on the City TV sitcom Second Jen. He has…

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Derek, Seguin

Derek Seguin

Montreal-based Derek Seguin is one of the most sought after stand up comedians on the international circuit. He has performed at the prestigious invitation-only Just For Laughs festival an impressive eight times and this is his 6th time at…

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Erica, Sigurdson

Erica Sigurdson

Based in Vancouver BC, Erica Sigurdson is a dominating force in the Canadian Comedy scene as well as an award-winning writer.  Her comedy festival credits include Montreal Just For Laughs, The Winnipeg, Halifax, St. John’s, Moncton, P.E.I.,…

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Stephen, Sim

Stephen Sim

Stephen Sim is one half of the comedy duo Stephen & Caity and the internationally renowned improv comedy duo CRUMBS. He’s also the Artistic Director and founder of the Winnipeg IF… Improv Festival. Stephen has toured all over the world for…

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Dana, Smith

Dana Smith

Dana runs the successful monthly Women's Open Mic and is a member of the sketch group H.U.N.K.S. (5 STARS - Wpg Free Press). She's been featured in the Winnipeg Comedy Showcase, 2015 ODDBLOCK Comedy Block Party, 2015 Winnipeg Comedy Festival…

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Angie, St. Mars

Angie St. Mars

Angie St. Mars is a comedian and sketch comic who has been accused of "lighting it all on fire!" with her tongue-in-cheek feminist-fueled wit and pocket blow torch. A relatively fresh player in the game, Angie first burst on to the scene in…

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Gordon, Tanner

Gordon Tanner

Gord Tanner has been performing improv for too long. From the first time he saw Theatre X performing some crazy thing they did called "improvised theatre" at the old Prairie Theatre Exchange (yes, young ones, it wasn't always in that mall)…

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Big Daddy, Tazz

Big Daddy Tazz

For more than a decade and a half, Big Daddy 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…

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Alicia, Tobin

Alicia Tobin

Alicia Tobin is a comedian, writer, and Registered Holistic Nutritionist working in beautiful and wet Vancouver, British Columbia. Alicia started performing stand up in 2007 and now has her own show called Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me, a…

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Dan, Verville

Dan Verville

Based in Winnipeg, Dan Verville is a comedian, writer and occasional media personality. Born in 1986 and entertaining his family since 1992, he now realizes he is slowly turning into his father.

Dan is a regular host at Rumor's Comedy…

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André, Vrignon-Tessier

André Vrignon-Tessier

André Vrignon-Tessier is a jack of all trades but a master of none. That would be one way to describe this bilingual modern voyageur. You can usually find him on the red river... canoeing in no apparent direction or portaging the Provencher…

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Joe, Vu

Joe Vu

After winning awards in advertising for a Superbowl commercial and a Ted Talks 10 Global Ads worth sharing, Joe Vu abandoned his lucrative career in advertising to be totally disowned by his Asian parents.

In his first year, he placed…

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Ben, Walker

Ben Walker

Ben Walker is a rising comedian whose quick off-the-cuff style engages himself to the audience. Ben has performed all over Canada and has been featured on CBC's Laugh out Loud, Sirius XM radio, and has performed in the Winnipeg Comedy…

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George, Westerholm

George Westerholm

George Westerholm is a writer/musician/comedian whose bio has not changed since 2006. So you can just look the old one from then and add ten years. 

George is hoping to give his new musical comedy an air of legitimacy by mounting it on a…

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John, Wing

John Wing

John Wing is still a stand-up comedian, a mere 35 years along. We could mention his six Tonight Show appearances, his nine Just For Laughs, his semifinal run on America's Got Talent in 2013 despite clearly being a Canadian. But we like to…

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Matt, Wright

Matt Wright

Stand-up comedian. Writer/director. Future diabetic. Matt Wright was introduced to comedy in the 2012 “Yuk Yuk’s Funniest Newfoundlander” contest, placing 2nd overall in his 3rd ever show and has been touring Canada since. Matt released his…

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