The Winnipeg Comedy Festival celebrates its 15th year in 2016, and is once again bringing many of Canada's top comedians – along with a few favourites from the U.S. – out to the middle of nowhere (ie. ShowbizMonkeys.com's headquarters of Winnipeg) to make a whole bunch of people laugh. Besides returning favourites – the various CBC galas recorded at the Pantages Playhouse Theatre, the 10th anniversary of The Debaters, "The Winnipeg Show", the second year of "The Alt Comedy Show", and a no-holds-barred show ("All Foul, No Harm") – this year's festival is also bringing a brand new sketch comedy night, a live talk show featuring guests who've been on talk shows ("Tales from Late Night"), and a new storytelling show ("Neighbourhoods").
Now in its seventh year of covering the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, ShowbizMonkeys.com has had the opportunity to speak to a few comics (Erica Sigurdson, Andy Kindler, Pete Johansson, and Seán Cullen) in advance of the festival, and those interviews will be added below as they're edited together. There are also a lot of comics at this year's fest who we've spoken to at various points in the past (either as part of our WCF or JFL coverage, or through Matt Moskal's The Supporting Act Podcast), so we've included links to those interviews as well.
During the festival, we'll also be putting together a couple longer pieces, following Simon King spend an afternoon around Winnipeg and talking to many of the folks appearing on "Tales from Late Night" about their past late night appearances. We'll also be posting lots of photos on Instagram and Twitter, so be sure to follow us on one or both of those to see things as they happen!
For those in Winnipeg this week, you can check out the complete Winnipeg Comedy Festival schedule at winnipegcomedyfestival.com/schedule, and be sure to enter our giveaway for tickets to "Coast to Coast Comedy" at the Club Regent Event Centre on Saturday, April 9!
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