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Comedy Festival to Share Laughs in the Community

March 14, 2011 7:20 AM | Entertainment

A Rabbi, a Muslim, a Filipino and four Abo-originals walk into a community centre…

That may or may not be the beginning to a colourful joke, but you’ll find out the rest as part of a community comedy project put on by the Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

Rabbi Bob Alper and Azhar Usman will share the stage to bring their comedy stylings that promote understanding and avoids politics.

The two comics will perform two free shows on Tuesday at the Rady Jewish Community Centre at 6 p.m., and at the Winnipeg Central Mosque at 8 p.m.

“We want to bring the comedy to the people — instead of big ecumenical shows open to all, we want to go directly to the mosques and community centres and let people enjoy the comedy festival on their own turf with comedy they can truly relate to,” said Al Rae, Winnipeg Comedy Festival Artistic Director.

Filipinos will get their kicks when comedian and “Just For Laughs” alumni Ron Josol performs March 30 at the Philipino Community Centre 8 p.m. Following that, Wab Kinew, Ryan McMahon, Paul Rabliauskas and Ian Ross will perform at Thunderbird House on April 2 at 2 p.m. Admission to both of these events is free.

Priority seating will be awarded to community members.

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival runs April 1-10.