May 2 - 9, 2022


Friday, October 1, 2021

Local Artists at this Year's Festival

Local comedians share the stage with national icons at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival Winnipeg Comedy Festival 20th Anniversary lands October 5-10

When the Winnipeg Comedy Festival (WCF) began in 2002, only a small handful of local comedians populated Winnipeg’s standup stages, but as the festival celebrates its 20th year, the city is positively bursting with homegrown talent.

“Winnipeg’s comedy scene is as big and as funny as I’ve ever seen it,” says Artistic Director, Dean Jenkinson. “The...

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Saturday Late Night Gala Host


Announced today, multi-award winning Indigenous actor, dancer, choreographer and educator, Michael Greyeyes is on his way to Winnipeg to take part in the 20th Anniversary of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.     
On Friday, October 8, Greyeyes hosts the Winnipeg Comedy Festival TRUTH TO POWER Gala at the Burton Cummings Theatre. 

Born in Muskeg Lake First Nation in Saskatchewan, Greyeyes has...

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Friday, September 17, 2021

Oct. 5-10 Line-Up Released

 Celebrates 20 Years of Laughter

Award-winning TV stars, homegrown talent and the return of The Debaters anchor a hilarious lineup Oct. 5-10, 2021

For two decades Winnipeg comedy fans have gathered every spring to laugh along with the country’s top talent. But throughout the early half of the year, Winnipeg Comedy Festival organizers wondered if their 20th year would even happen at all.

“We were unable to hold our regular spring festival this year,” says Executive Director, Nick Kowalchuk. “The...

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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

The Business of Comedy

Join Keith Tomasek on our 2nd collaborative workshop with Creative Manitoba - Growing Your Digital Audience And Selling To Them.
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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Dear Winnipeg Comedy Festival patron,

As you may be aware, Public Health Order changes effective Aug. 7, 2021 permit indoor performance venues to reopen to 100% capacity for people who are fully vaccinated. Please note, Winnipeg Comedy Festival will be restricting capacity in our venues to 50%, and the provincial requirement for guests to be fully vaccinated will apply. 

Due to the ongoing presence of COVID-19 in Manitoba and elsewhere, and the extra risk posed by the new delta variant, we...

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Tuesday, April 6, 2021

October Dates Announced!

Our fingers are crossed! 

We've rescheduled the 20th annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival to October 5-10, 2021. 

“Our hope is by October theatrical venues will once again be open in some capacity,” says Executive Director Nick Kowalchuk. “Last fall we staged distanced shows with all the right protocols in place and it’s given us confidence that wherever the city is in its reopening process we can put on terrific shows where everyone feels safe.”

Artistic Director Dean Jenkinson says he’s excited to...

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Monday, March 1, 2021

Free Comedy Coaching

Being funny doesn't happen overnight. It takes time and needs cultivation in order flourish in the craft. Luckily Creative Manitoba's got a bunch of hilarious experts in their Online Coaching program to help you out! Sign up today and receive 3 FREE 1-hr coaching sessions until March 31.

Featured Coaches:

Chad Anderson is a standup comedian who has been touring and performing standup comedy for over 10 years. Chad has toured across Canada, performed in the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Odd Block...

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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Thank you!

The Gas Station Arts Centre safely presented 2 phases of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival for our 19th year. A huge thank you to our performers, volunteers, sponsors, our production partner Frantic Films, our broadcast partner CBC, and most of all to our audience. We couldn’t have done it without you. ❤️❤️

p.s. Did you know that the Winnipeg Comedy Festival raises funds for the not-for-profit Gas Station Arts Centre?

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Two Phases Of Funny!

As we navigate safely reopening the city and the country, Winnipeg Comedy Festival has made the decision to move forward in two phases:  

Phase One will take place in under two weeks – August 21-28 – and will feature live shows with limited seating at venues including the Gas Station Arts Centre (GSAC), Wee Johnny’s, and Rumors Comedy Club.

Phase Two will include more shows and occur later in the fall (dates TBC) when WCF can safely proceed to record television galas.

“Our top priority is the...

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Saturday, April 25, 2020

Wish We Were Here!

April 25, 2020. Today was to be Day One of our 19th annual Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Instead it’s Day Eleventy-Seven of isolation and social distancing. Across the country, comedians are sleeping in until Noon and binge-watching Netflix, instead of their usual routine of sleeping in until 11 and binge-watching Netflix. It’s a different world. 

I’ve often compared staging a comedy show to building a bonfire on the beach: scatter a few pieces of wood far apart from one another, and you...

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