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Apr 28 - May 4, 2019

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Save the Dates for Next Year!

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 3! 

Purchase tickets starting December 3 at the Early Bird price of $30 and leave something funny in your loved one’s stocking this holiday season. Available through Ticketmaster or the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, or bring your smiley face into Gas Station Arts Centre and pick-up your tickets in-person. They’d love to see you! (And they love Christmas cookies.)   

Temporarily Debater-Less 

Another change due to the new complicated adulting schedule is that CBC’s The Debaters will be unable to join in on the fun in 2019. We bet they come back bigger and funnier in 2020. And we just can’t believe we just typed out the year 2020. Like, when did that happen??

Lara’s Last Fest 

After 17 years, Co-founding Artistic Director Lara Rae has decided to move on to new things. But by the time that happens, it will actually be 18 years, and it will be 2019, so either way, that’s still a very long time. 

“Seventeen years ago the idea of me saying ‘17 years ago’ in relation to the duration of this now landmark event would have seemed almost comical,” says Lara, who will retire from Winnipeg Comedy Festival duties after the 2019 festivities. 

“Comedy has been and will continue to be an important part of my life but I am keen to teach, to write, and to work more with the trans community as we face daily threats to our survival. These last 17 years could only have happened because of the team we have assembled, and they will continue to make it great.”

Geof Langen, Chair of the Board for Gas Station Arts Centre, credits Lara for the work undertaken to start the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. “From its humble beginnings 17 years ago, the WCF has grown into a Winnipeg spring tradition. This year we celebrate and thank Lara Rae for her brilliance and comic genius and we look to the next chapter of the festival.”

Nick Kowalchuk, Executive Director of Gas Station Arts Centre, has spent many of those years working alongside her. “I am proud to have had the pleasure of working with Lara, one of Canada’s national comedic treasures, and wish her well with her future endeavours.”

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