Running from October 25-29, 2022, Comedy is Art showcases some of the best comedians in the city, sending a clear message: Comedy is art!Continue reading
D.B. McLeod Presents: Real Estate Problems
Join 6 incredible Indigenous comedians for a night of Indigenous joy, and brilliance by pushing boundaries!Continue reading
Coko Galore presents UNSCRIPTABLE!
This show matches actors who know their scripts with improvisers who don’t! It’s unpredictable, unrepeatable, unscriptable!Continue reading
Black on Black on Black
Black on Black on Black is a celebration of Black comedy, Black joy — all Black everything. Hosted by Ajahnis Charley for Comedy is Art.Continue reading
Stand Up For Sobriety
Join us at The Theatre Centre for a night of stand-up comedy featuring some of Canada’s best (and sober) comedians.Continue reading
TallBoyz II Men
Tallboyz II Men are back! Join them for a fun-filled night of improv, sketches and maybe even a musical number or two.Continue reading
From October 25-29, 2022, catch a week of comedy and join the movement that emphatically declares: COMEDY IS ART!Continue reading
From October 26-30, 2021, catch a week of free comedy and join the movement declaring COMEDY IS ART!Continue reading
Comedy is Art
A declaration and a festival.
Comedy is Art features some of the best comedians in Toronto and sends a clear message: comedy should be taken seriously!
Launched at The Theatre Centre in 2019, the inaugural festival responded to barriers within the comedy community, including the overall desire to professionalise the sector. While Canada is responsible for exporting some of the world’s greatest comedic talents, comedy isn’t recognized as an art form by public arts funders. Though comedians are invited to apply as theatre artists, they’re immediately at a disadvantage, shoe-horning themselves into definitions and structures that don’t fit.
Excited by the advocacy work being done by our friend Sandra Battaligni, and the Canadian Association of Stand-up Comedians, The Theatre Centre wants to help change that.
Comedy is one of the most undervalued art forms there is. Musicians get to rehearse in private to perfect their craft; the same is true for dancers, actors, acrobats – all these performing artists have the luxury of getting things just right in the rehearsal hall.
For comedians, the only way to know if a joke is working is to put it out in front of people and see if it makes them laugh. That degree of vulnerability, that lack of anything else to hide behind – that’s what makes comedy one of the bravest things out there.
Returning to the stage (and coming to your screens for the first time) in 2021, the revamped festival combines live comedy with the digital realm, offering a week-long program of hilarious comedians you can catch in person or streamed to your home.
We programmed artists who will make you laugh, make you think, make you laugh, make you feel, make you laugh some more – and that’s exactly what you can expect.
Comedy is Art is generously supported by:
Photos by Kaytee Dalton, Krissia Valiente & Anonymous
TallBoyz; Brandon Ash-Mohammed; Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll; Tracy Hamilton; Danny Martinello; Allie Pearse; Ahjanis Charley; Coko Galore; Brandon Hackett; Hisham Kelati; Sashka DC; Nkasi Ogbonnah; Paloma Nuñez; Kirsten Rasmussen; Sharjil Rasool; Guled Abdi; Giovanni Spina; Maricris Rivera; Jenny Raven; Chelsea Russell; Kathryn Kohut; Araya Mengesha; Samantha Mandaamin; Lena Recollet; Krysta Williams; Ozhawa Anung Kwe; Kevin Shawanda. Read More
Brandon Ash-Mohammed; Joey Harlem; Anasimone George; Ben Sosa Wright; Ajahnis Charley; Martha Chaves; Harpreet Sehmbi; Jean Paul; Marie Sotto; Ryan Maglunob; Isabel Zaw-Tun; Zabrina Douglas; Nour Hadidi; Natalie Norman; Tamara Shevon; Keesha Brownie; Al Douglas; Kenny Robinson; Coko & Daphney Jo; liza paul; Monty Scott; Dena Jackson; Todd Graham; Adrienne Fish; Nick Reynoldson; Arthur Simeon. Read More
TallBoyz; Congratulations! (Courtney Gilmour); Drop the Mic: Joke or Choke (Crystal Ferrier); Amigas Cheetahs (Ben Sosa Wright + Brandon Ash Mohammed); Yas Kween (Nelu Handa); Good Morning, Tonight (Aidan O’Loughlin + Karis Anderson); Deez Laughs (Derryck Birch); SHADE (Anasimone George).