Hey kids! It's Fred Penner! The legendary Canadian singer/songwriter has spent the past four decades entertaining children and adults alike. In the late 70s he captured national attention with his rendition of Harry S. Smith's "The Cat Came Back". In 1985, His engaging and endearing live show made its way to national television.
This year marks the fifteenth Winnipeg if... Improv Festival, which takes place September 30 to October 4 at the Gas Station Arts Centre. The event features members of Hip. Bang!, Rapid Fire Theatre, Der Kaktus, and The Kids in the Hall.
There are few Canadian comedians operating on the same level as Mark Forward. He is an absurd storyteller and an unusual talent. His debut stand-up comedy album, Things I Thought Of, was released earlier this year.
The first thing you realize when watching Debra DiGiovanni -- whether it's on stage or during her appearances on television shows such as Comedy's Match Game or Much Music's Video on Trial -- is that she's ridiculously funny.
Irish comedian Tommy Tiernan has been performing stand-up since the early 90s. Around his home country, he's achieved monster success, to the point of being considered comedy's answer to Bono (who, according to Tiernan, should be Ireland's answer to the papacy). But around the rest of the world, even places where he has achieved success, his reputation is as a controversial comic.
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival has long been considered a comics' festival. The comedians who come to the prairie city to perform over a week in April absolutely love their time here. The festival treats the performers incredibly well, and the crowds are friendly, responsive, and plentiful.
Australian-Italian comedy superstar Joe Avati heads back to Canada this fall as part of his Back to Basics World Tour.
Emma-Lee has a voice that has to be heard to be believed. Seriously. Her voice is phenomenal. While there are plenty of artists, Canadian and otherwise, who can write well-crafted songs, there are very few who can combine that with a range and tone like Emma-Lee's.
Jen Grant has hit the Winnipeg Comedy Festival for her first time with a vengeance.
Alan Thicke has been enjoying a career resurgence over the last few years, appearing as a womanizing failed actor on CBC's jPod, making appearances as a version of himself on How I Met Your Mother, and popping up in roles in comedy films such as The Goods. He's even in the process of filming a new pilot for Showtime.