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Winnipeg Comedy Festival 2015 Coverage

Posted by Showbiz Monkeys | Wednesday, April 8, 2015 @ 7:40pm

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is in full swing, and we've got you covered! Featuring a record 43 shows this year -- including galas taped for CBC's Winnipeg Comedy Festival television show, full sets at Rumors Comedy Club, brand new venues, and the festival's first "Alternative Show" on Saturday -- the festival is home for one week comedians from across Canada and beyond.

For the sixth year in a row, ShowbizMonkeys.com is covering what most comics call their favourite festival to visit. We're posting photos on Instagram and Twitter, and have interviews with a handful of the great comics in Winnipeg this year. We also have a great catalogue of past interviews with performers at this year's Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

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Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posted by Andrew Burns | Friday, May 1, 2015 @ 2:31am

Every summer the box-office landscape has that one movie that's on an entirely different level than anything else out there. That one movie people of all age groups will go to see and enjoy regardless of demographics. That one movie that other studios know will be such a unbeatable juggernaut that the box-office that they don't dare release their own films till weeks later. That one movie that's bigger than blockbuster, it's an event to be witnessed. That event is here in Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The highly anticipated Avengers sequel has arrived and man is some geek-tastic ocular overload. Joss Whedon returns at the helm as writer/director for another assembly of 'Earth's Mightiest Heroes' in the definitive summer blockbuster. Whedon and Marvel Studios not only brought the band back together but also added a symphony and cranked it up to eleven. Avengers Age of Ultron is everything you want in summer blockbuster, everything you want in a sequel, everything a comic book geek like myself hoped it would be and more.

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Supernatural: Angel Heart

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 3:55pm

Three men and a lady. Let's do this.

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Interview: Comedian Von Decarlo and filmmaker Mark Farrell on Patrice O'Neal documentary Better Than You

Posted by Tony Hinds | Thursday, April 30, 2015 @ 2:46pm

Patrice O'Neal, one of the greatest comedians of all time, passed away in 2011, only a week before his 42nd birthday. A true comic's comic, O'Neal's legend-status was cemented in his early 30s, but mainstream popularity was never his goal. Instead, he wanted to be the best.

Patrice's story is one that needs to be told. And his wife and fellow comic, Von Decarlo, plans to make sure it's told right. Together with filmmaker Mark Farrell (Z-Rock), producer/O'Neal's former manager Jason Steinberg, and producer Sansan Fibri, Decarlo has already outlined Better Than You, a planned documentary about O'Neal's life and career.

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Supernatural: The Werther Project

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 11:42pm

Sam is getting closer to finding a way to lift the Mark of Cain's curse from Dean but is there a limit to what he might do to save his brother?

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Interview: Irish comic Tommy Tiernan embarks on another trip across Canada

Posted by Paul Little | Monday, April 20, 2015 @ 8:38pm

Comedian Tommy Tiernan has been a favourite around the world -- a guaranteed hit despite not being a known entity in the capital of entertainment, America. His current tour, dubbed "Out of the Whirlwind", began in Ireland last September, and included 14 straight sold-out dates in Dublin in January. Tiernan's biting but honest brand of comedy has brought him to Dubai and Moscow this year, but it's his return to Canada this spring that has us catching up two years after our last chat.

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Review: Unfriended

Posted by Maria Frauzen | Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 9:25am

Unfriended is a film about how bullying, terrorizing, and murder are carried out in the 21st century. Gone are the days of good old fashioned stalking by following someone from a distance in your car or sending them letters written in lipstick through the postal service. Now, if you want to ruin or scare the hell out of someone, all you need to do is hack into their computer, post indecent photos and videos of them online, and send them creepy texts... all from the comfort of your own home -- or in this case, from the grave.

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Supernatural: Book of the Damned

Posted by Kyle Tetarenko | Wednesday, April 15, 2015 @ 10:22pm

The Winchesters may have found a way to remove the Mark of Cain but it isn't called the Book of the Damned for nothing.

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Winnipeg Comedy Fest Interview: Stand-up comic D.J. Demers talks about his recent Conan appearance and his relatively quick rise in comedy

Posted by Paul Little | Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 4:55pm

Toronto-based stand-up comic D.J. Demers has only been in the game for about 6 years, but in that time he's risen through the strong local Toronto comedy scene and made a name for himself on an international level. After winning 2014's Just for Laughs Homegrown Comic Competition, which features some of the top young pros in the country, he was invited to be a part of a JFL TV broadcast. As if that wasn't enough for Demers, he followed that up with a December appearance on TBS' Conan -- an appearance that has amassed nearly 1,000,000 views on YouTube and put Demers on the map in America.

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Winnipeg Comedy Fest Interview: British comic and writer Shazia Mirza on why she got into comedy and growing her craft

Posted by Paul Little | Thursday, April 9, 2015 @ 12:31pm

Shazia Mirza doesn't tend to stay in one place for very long. The award-winning stand-up comic, originally from Birmingham, England, has toured throughout Britain, the United States, Canada, Pakistan, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Germany, the United Arab Emerits, and India. Coming from a Muslim immigrant family in Britain, Shazia wasn't expected to end up in a career in comedy -- and in fact, she was a science teacher before she got behind the mic for the first time. However, over the last decade and a half, she's shown that comedy is definitely her true calling.

I got the chance to speak to Shazia over the phone from her home in London (the time difference meant it was a nearly-incoherent 6:00am on my end) just before she jetted off for some shows in India, one night back in the UK, and then her dates here in Canada at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. We chatted about her unlikely start in comedy, her growth as a comedian and writer, her past experiences in Winnipeg, and the peculiarity of good comedy writing not always equating to the most laughter.

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The Supporting Act Podcast Ep. #065 - Winnipeg Comedy Festival: Live!

Posted by Matt Moskal | Monday, April 6, 2015 @ 6:03pm

Live from The Purple Room, it's Ep. #065 of The Supporting Act Podcast! At the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, which runs from April 6-12, over 90 comics will perform at venues from Pantages Audemars Piguet Replica to the Park Theatre. This episode was recorded on March 29, 2015 and featured a panel of performers from this year's festival. Guests included Melanie Dahling, Al Rae, Paul Rabliauskas, J.D. Renaud, and Stephen Sim. Hear the panel dismantle a heckler, a sticky tale of ice cream, and Al Rae launch an investigation intobest replica watches the whereabouts of Lee White.

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