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is Art.

A declaration and a festival.

Presented by The Theatre Centre

Are you looking for the 2022 Comedy is Art lineup? Click here


Did you know that comedy isn’t recognized as its own art form in Canada? Actors, playwrights, dancers, and even circus artists are eligible for discipline-specific funding, while comedians do not have access to program funding of their own. From October 26-30, 2021, catch a week of free comedy and join the movement that emphatically declares: COMEDY IS ART!

Comedy is Art features some of the best comedians in Toronto. Returning to the stage for the first time since 2019, the festival offers a week-long program of talented comedians you can catch live in person (in small, distanced audiences) or stream from 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 of Comedy is Art 2021.” – liza paul


Registration is required for both in-person and online events. We’re committed to keeping audiences, artists and staff safe. Seating is extremely limited; we have space for 20 people seated at tables spaced far enough apart to allow for social distancing. Click here to read our Covid-19 safety protocols and procedures

If the show you’d like to see in person is sold out, email to get on the waitlist. You can also live-stream the show from the comfort of your home.

Live captioning will be available online and ASL interpretation will be available both in-person and online.

Thanks to one-time emergency Covid funding from Canadian Heritage, all of the comedians will receive fees on par with those typically received by performing artists in other government-funded disciplines.  Though registration is free, we hope you’ll consider making a donation to The Theatre Centre. Without support from people like you, this festival wouldn’t be possible.


Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 8PM
The Ethnic Rainbow: Third Anniversary
Hosted by Brandon Ash-Mohammed
Featuring Joey Harlem, Anasimone George, Ben Sosa Wright, Ajahnis Charley, and Martha Chaves

Wednesday, Oct. 27 at 8PM
Anti-token Comedy Show
Hosted by Harpreet Sehmbi
Featuring Jean Paul, Marie Sotto, Ryan Maglunob, Isabel Zaw-Tun, and Zabrina Douglas

Thursday, Oct. 28 at 8PM
We Will Date You
Hosted and performed by Nour Hadidi and Natalie Norman

Friday, Oct. 29 at 8PM
Zabrina Douglas Presents: Things Black Girls Say
Hosted by Zabrina Douglas
Featuring Tamara Shevon, Keesha Brownie, Al Douglas, Kenny Robinson, and Coko & Daphney Jo

Saturday, Oct. 30 at 8PM
Comedy Records Live
Hosted by liza paul
Featuring Monty Scott, Dena Jackson, Todd Graham, Adrienne Fish, Nick Reynoldson, and Arthur Simeon

To download the festival program, click here.

From October 26,
to October 30, 2021

Tickets are FREE - Registration required
donations happily accepted


Franco Boni Theatre

Performance Dates

Live captioning will be available online and ASL interpretation will be available both in-person and online.

Tuesday, Oct. 26 – 8PM

Wednesday, Oct. 27 – 8PM

Thursday, Oct. 28 – 8PM

Friday, Oct. 29 – 8PM

Saturday, Oct. 30 – 8PM

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October 4, 2022
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!