Thursday, March 21, 2019
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival happens April 28 to May 4, and with the arrival of spring we’re bringing a bloom of fresh faces and first-timers to WCF, along with funny favourites from festivals past.
More than 70 comics will perform in over 30 shows at venues like Club Regent Event Centre, The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, The Forks, Millennium Library, The Fairmont Lounge, Wee Johnny’s, and the Gas Station Arts Centre (GSAC), which doubles as home to the festival.
“The Fest turns 18 this year and I am so proud of our thrilling lineup of shows,” says Winnipeg Comedy Festival’s Artistic Director Lara Rae, whose final year at the helm is 2019. “Although I am sad to leave the family, there are new opportunities that I want to explore. Comedy and this event will still be a huge part of my life, and I am proud of what we have done. I’ll leave the fest knowing it will continue to thrive and flourish.”
“Also, I'm still here until May, so quit your sniffling!”
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
This year we'll officially unofficially kick-off the 2019 Winnipeg Comedy Festival with our friends from the Winnipeg Wine Festival.
Host and Gemini Award-winning actor/comedian Shaun Majumder will headline the Red Carpet Comedy evening at Gas Station Arts Centre on April 30, along with a performance by a special guest local comic (to be announced soon!). And of course there will be wine, at the wine tasting reception from 6-7:15pm. And snacks. And artwork to look at, music to listen to, and nice people to meet.
Tickets are $40 in advance, and $45 at the door, with a portion of all ticket sales going to Special Olympics Manitoba. You can get tickets right HERE .
Monday, January 7, 2019
Come and celebrate the funny side of Valentines Day!! Whether you are down with love or pretty much done with it, or planning a first date, date night, or singles night... you'll be sure to fall in love with two of Canada's best comedy headliners.
Join Sirius XM Top Comic Derek Seguin and WCF and Just For Laughs favorite Erica Sigurdson for a hilarious one-night stand. Make these two talents your comedy valentines with relationship material drawn from two decades of world-class stand-up. Also starring Winnipeg's Funniest Comedian winner Spencer Adamus and Gemini Award-winning local hero Dean Jenkinson, this "hottest ticket in town" is a show to embrace!
Doors open at 5pm and show starts at 7pm, with menu and bar service available before and during show. Tickets are available right here on our website (Tickets page) or in person at the Gas Station Theatre (445 River Avenue). For large party or group bookings, please call The MET Box office for assistance at 204.594.9494.
Thursday, November 29, 2018
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is almost adulting! It turns 18 in '19, and like any adult, suddenly has all kinds of new responsibilities and changes to go through.
This coming April... showers will not only bring May flowers, they will also bring comedy! The Winnipeg Comedy Festival will take place a few weeks later than you were expecting, from April 28 to May 4. And the best part is that Gala tickets go on-sale soon. And the other best part is that the weather in Winnipeg might even have taken a turn into spring by then. Here’s hoping.
Free Parking! (At New Location)
As dates change, so do places. Winnipeg Comedy Festival’s highly regarded Galas will welcome fans to their new home at Club Regent Event Centre on May 2, 3, 4. And for the first time ever in WCF Gala history, there will be free parking! In fact so much free parking that you could travel with an entire fleet of free-parking-seeking vehicles, and still find parking.
Tickets On Sale December...
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Join us in a warm Winnipeg welcome for Mark Critch, who comes bearing tales from Newfoundland on this not-so-warm winter evening...
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival co-presents Son of a Critch: A Childish Newfoundland Memoir, a conversation with Dean Jenkinson and Mark Critch - TONIGHT 7:00pm at McNally Robinson Grant Park (Atrium).
What could be better than growing up in the 1980s? How about growing up in 1980s Newfoundland, which - as Critch will tell you - was more like the 1960s. A comic best known as the “roving reporter” for This Hour Has 22 Minutes, photo-bomber of Justin Trudeau, and crasher of White House briefings, in this funny and warm look back on his formative years we see Critch has been causing trouble his whole life.
One of the most recognizable faces in Canadian comedy, Mark Critch has won multiple awards for both writing and performance. For 14 years, he starred on CBC’s flagship show, This Hour Has 22 Minutes. As an anchor and “roving reporter,” he has...
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
"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
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 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
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.”