Would you like some whine with that cheese? That’s the theme surrounding this year’s Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Sort of.
The charming wit and dry humour of comedian and WCF artistic director Al Rae announced the headliners Thursday to anchor the 14th annual festival.
“As the song says, ‘It’s a very good year,’” Rae said. “Like a great vineyard, we have something for every taste and price range, so drink up the comedy — I’m sure you’ll be thirsty for more!”
Running April 6-12 (with a special early show on April 1), this year’s performers include the likes of Gemini-winner Jeremy Hotz, Shaun Majumder of “This Hour Has 22 Minutes,” festival favourite Ryan Belleville, Newfoundland comedian Jonny Harris of Murdoch Mysteries and “Royal Canadian Air Farce alum” Jessica Holmes.
Festival organizers are uncorking many new additions this year, including a Mystery Science Theater 3000-inspired look at classic Canadian television (“TV Dinner”), an urban-flavoured celebration of Peg City pride (“Portage Street Live”), an LGBTT-centric set (“50 Shades of Gay”), an evening of Francophone fun (“Lost in Translation”), and the launch of the newly-rebranded — but just as provocative — “WCF After Dark” show.
Festival prices range from $40 and some lunch hour shows are free. The complete lineup with ticket information is available at WinnipegComedyFestival.com.