Oct 1 - 5, 2021


Wednesday, April 21, 2021

The Business of Comedy

With twenty years in Canadian comedy, Erica Sigurdson shares some of her best practices for building your comedy business and increasing your income potential. Covering everything from negotiating fees, seeking new business, constructing a business plan, and how to handle all those fundraising requests – join Erica and others in the business to be ready to hit the ground running when restrictions lift and we can all get back to work – smarter not harder.

Erica Sigurdson is a Canadian...

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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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Friday, April 17, 2020

The Debaters: August 28, 2020

Hey all you Debaters Fans, we are optimistically announcing a new date! 
Already have a Debaters ticket from either previous date? We are having one show on Friday August 28! Your ticket is good for General Admission on the floor on the new date.
Hang on to your ticket and bring it to the Burt.
Want to buy a ticket? Buy online at These will be Assigned Seating on the 1st balcony.
Can't make the new date? Consider donating your ticket for a tax receipt or contact...
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Until we meet again...

It’s indeed a scary and unprecedented time for everyone. 

For many comedians, sharing laughter in crowded rooms isn’t just the way they feed their families, it’s also the way they feed their souls.

Do them and yourself a favour – find some of your favourites and give them a follow on social media. Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, Facebook Live – these and other platforms will be their stage and creative outlet for now. 

If you need a place to start, click on any of the comics on our 

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Monday, March 23, 2020

Join us this summer! August 21-28

In light of ever-unfolding COVID-19 developments, organizers of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival are rescheduling the festival to August 21-28, 2020. 

“We had a great festival lined up for the end of April, but now’s the time for the community to come together by remaining apart,” says Artistic Director Dean Jenkinson. “It’s our hope we can physically come together to laugh in a few months.” 

Gala tapings for CBC Television will take place August 24, 25, and 26 at Club Regent Event...

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Monday, March 16, 2020

Update on 2020 WCF

To our WCF artists and patrons: 

Much like you, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival is keeping a close eye on the news around Covid-19. We are dedicated to creating a safe and enjoyable space for both audiences and artists. We will continue to plan our 2020 Festival, and our shows will remain as scheduled until directed otherwise by health and government authorities.

At our festival we ask that our visitors follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada. If you have any symptoms...

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