ShowbizMonkeys.com is sometimes lucky enough to cover major events and festivals in film, music, comedy, and pop culture. Whether a major international spectacle like the Academy Awards or a more regional festival like the Winnipeg Folk Festival, we're on the scene with interviews, photos, video, and special commentary.

2024 Winnipeg Folk Festival Preview

Posted by: Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe  •  July 10, 2024 @ 1:50pm

The 2024 Winnipeg Folk Festival is upon us! The beloved fest's 49th edition will see thousands setting up their hammocks and tarps in Birds Hill Provincial Park, just outside of Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 11–14.

After an abnormally chilly fest last year, it looks like the sizzling weather familiar to any seasoned folkie is back with a vengeance.

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Patti Harrison at JFL Toronto

Posted by: Melanie Dahling  •  October 6, 2023 @ 8:03pm

Another JFL Toronto has come and gone. It's been such a treat to see so many masters at work, each showcasing their talent in their own unique way. One of the most memorable among them was Patti Harrison, with a show that sent a shock wave of mixed emotions through The Royal Theatre.

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Opening weekend at JFL Toronto 2023

Posted by: Melanie Dahling  •  September 26, 2023 @ 10:12am

Summers in Toronto are magical, and the Just for Laughs comedy festival is a perfect way to end one with a bang. It's 10 days of your favourite entertainers, the weather is right, and last call stretches 'til the wee hours.

As someone in the funny business, I often struggle between the urge to see and be seen, and the pleasure of my couch + a cozy list of grievances.

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2023 Winnipeg Folk Festival Preview

Posted by: Nicolien Klassen-Wiebe  •  July 5, 2023 @ 5:20pm

It's once again the best time of year, when thousands of people slap on sunscreen and set up low-sitting chairs to take in four days of music and community in Manitoba's Birds Hill Provincial Park, just outside of Winnipeg.

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JFL Toronto Review: Joel Kim Booster

Posted by: Andrew Lizotte  •  September 29, 2022 @ 11:15am

One of my favorite things about Toronto's Just for Laughs Festival is that some of the acts are really great at showing you how the sausage gets made.

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JFL Toronto Review: Craig Ferguson

Posted by: Matthew Ardill  •  September 26, 2022 @ 11:02pm

Going to a Craig Ferguson show is like going on a walk with a Scottish family member. I know this because I am married to someone who is only once removed from this, and watching Craig Ferguson's set is like chatting with my wife.

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JFL Toronto Reviews: Kurt Braunohler & Alex Edelman

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  •  September 24, 2022 @ 9:04am

Kurt Braunohler

Reviewed by: Matthew Ardill

After having a delightful conversation with the incredible Kurt Braunohler, I felt it was a MUST to make it to his shows (which is a lie – I had tickets to last night's 9 PM show at Comedy Bar and "Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen" well befo

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2022 Winnipeg Folk Festival Preview: It's been a long time coming

Posted by: Paul Little  •  July 5, 2022 @ 9:05pm

In an annual tradition beginning way back in 2009, ShowbizMonkeys.com has set up shop in early July at Birds Hill Park near Winnipeg to cover the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Artist photos, video clips, interviews with some absolute music legends; it was an incredibly fun 11-year run.

Then, as we all know, the world shifted.

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JFL42 Reviews: Serious Talk with Funny People, Gabriel Iglesias, The El-Salomons, My Gorgeous Son

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  •  September 30, 2019 @ 5:34pm

Serious Talk with Funny People

September 28, 2019 • 3:00 PM @ TIFF Bell Lightbox

Reviewed by: Andrew Lizotte

Spirits were high as the panelists (Andy Kindler, Deanne Smith, Jessica Holmes, and Byron Bowers) took to

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JFL42 Reviews: SiriusXM Top Comic Finals, Dave Merheje, and Andy Kindler's Alternative Show

Posted by: Showbiz Monkeys  •  September 28, 2019 @ 2:28pm

SiriusXM Top Comic Finals

September 26, 2019 • 7:00 PM @ The Queen Elizabeth Theatre

Reviewed by: George Hudson & Paul Little

The annual SiriusXM Top Comic competition once again had its finals as part of JFL42 on Thursday night, with 10 comics competing for the top spot and a $2

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