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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Announcing Lineup for 2020!

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is coming up April 25 to May 2, and this year's theme is inspired by the new decade, and new vision that will lead the festival into its soon-to-be-20s! 

“Our theme this year is 2020, but instead of hindsight, we’re looking forward with forward-sight,” says Nick Kowalchuk, Executive Director. “I’m excited to have The Debaters back and at a new venue, along with a festival hub push at Gas Station Artist Centre enhancing the patron’s experience. I’m also excited about Dean’s new role with the festival as artistic head of the team. It’s looking like 2020 is going to be a good year.” 

For Dean Jenkinson, you could say that taking over as Artistic Director is a natural progression. “The festival has been part of my life since year one – as a performer, a writer, and then a producer. I'm thrilled and honoured to be assuming the role of Artistic Director in our 19th year, and continuing to bring together Winnipeg's amazing comedy fans and the very best performers that our country offers” says Jenkinson. 

More than 70 comics will perform in 30+ shows at venues including the Gas Station Arts Centre (GSAC), Club Regent Event Centre, Rumor’s Comedy Club, The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre, The Forks, Millennium Library, Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain, Wee Johnny’s, and the Handsome Daughter. New this year is Jubilee Place, which will be home to The Debaters.

2020 GALA THEMES & HOSTS

WCF welcomes fans to Club Regent Event Centre April 30-May 2 for five galas, recorded live-to-tape for television broadcast. Presented by Liquor Mart. Free parking for all! (Not free liquor though!) 

ANIMALS! @ Thursday April 30 - 7:15pm / A funny look at our furry and feathered friends. Unmuzzled and off the leash! Host: Ryan Belleville / Performers: Rhiannon Archer, Leonard Chan, Charlie Demers, Matt Falk, Larke Miller, Ted Morris

The Travel Show @ Friday May 1 - 6:45pm / Your passport to laughter as comics riff on planes, trains, automobiles and the places they take us to. First-class funny! Host:  Andrew Phung / Performers: Martha Chaves, Mike Delamont, Ryan Dillon, Gino Durante, Jess Salomon, Pete Zedlacher 

My Generation @ Friday May 1 - 9:15pm / Boomers, Gen-Xers, and Millennials jockey for the title of funniest generation. Sunday Roast meets Avocado Toast! Host: Caroline Rhea / Performers:  Cassie Cao, Noor Kidwai, Deborah Kimmett, Derek Seguin, Bobby Warrener, Mike Wilmot 

The Tech Show @ Saturday May 2 - 6:45pm / The highs and lows of hi-tech. Cutting-edge comedy! Host:  Ivan Decker / Performers:  Craig Fay, Andrea Jin, Erica Sigurdson, Dan Taylor, Joe Vu, Matt Wright 

Strange Days @ Saturday May 2 - 9:15pm / A funny look at the alarming state of our world. Strange days indeed! Host: Mary Walsh / Performers:  Nick Beaton, Salma Hindy, Rob Pue, Lara Rae, Damonde Tschritter, Peter White

A FEW FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS 

Here are a few highlights of what’s to come:

The Debaters are back after a one year hiatus, returning to roost at Jubilee Place – a first-time venue for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. So be sure to allow yourself extra time to find it! Debates and debaters to be announced soon. Hosted by Steve Patterson. (April 25 & 26)

Red Carpet Comedy with the Winnipeg Wine Festival will once again pair wines with headlining comedy, this year’s featured artist being red wine enthusiast Erica Sigurdson. (April 28)

Red Man Laughing features Ryan McMahon and Indigenous comedian colleagues from across Turtle Island gathering together on Treaty 1 for lots of laughs. (May 2)

The Clean Show (May 1) will entertain those who like to keep their comedy PG13, while filthy-minded humans will enjoy The Dark & Dirty Show. And guess what? Both are hosted by the same hilarious guy, Dan Taylor, who is also a pastor. (May 2)

TICKETS ONSALE NOW! 

Tickets for all shows are now available online here: www.winnipegcomedyfestival.com/tickets . You can also purchase tickets at the Box Office at Gas Station Arts Centre (445 River Avenue) on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 12pm-5pm, from now through to festival week. 

ABOUT THE WINNIPEG COMEDY FESTIVAL 

The 19th Winnipeg Comedy Festival is April 25 to May 2, 2020. The festival was the brainchild of Lara Rae and CBC Radio's Tom Anniko, who worked in partnership with the Gas Station Arts Centre to bring the first comedy festival to life in 2002. The festival continues to be produced by GSAC, an innovative home for multidisciplinary artistic development that puts special focus on being an artist’s “first stage.” GSAC supports and facilitates innovation and creativity in the arts, guided by the vision of artists from all mediums, at all stages of their career. GSAC continues to raise the profile of Winnipeg by being a hub of urban arts activity in Osborne Village, the city’s most densely populated neighbourhood. 

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