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is Art.

Presented by The Theatre Centre

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 25-29, 2022, catch a week of 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 third time since 2019, the festival offers a week-long program of talented comedians you can catch live in person or stream from home.

View festival programme



TallBoyz II Men

Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 pm
Featuring Tim Blair, Vance Banzo, Franco Nguyen, and Guled Abdi


Stand Up For Sobriety

Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8 pm
Hosted by John Mostyn
Featuring Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Tracy Hamilton, Danny Martinello, and Allie Pearse


Black on Black on Black

Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 pm
Hosted by Ajahnis Charley
Featuring Coko Galore, Brandon Hackett, Hisham Kelati, Sashka DC, and Nkasi Ogbonnah


Coko Galore presents UNSCRIPTABLE!

Friday, Oct. 28 at 8 pm
Hosted by Coko Galore
Featuring Ajahnis Charley, Paloma Nuñez, Kirsten Rasmussen, Sharjil Rasool, Guled Abdi, Giovanni Spina, Maricris Rivera, Jenny Raven, Chelsea Russell, Kathryn Kohut, and Araya Mengesha


D.B. McLeod Presents: Real Estate Problems

Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 pm
Hosted by Denise B. McLeod 
Performances by Samantha MandaaminLena Recollet, Krysta Williams, Ozhawa Anung Kwe, and Kevin Shawanda


Comedy is Art is made possible by Kingfisher Foundation with special thanks to Steam Whistle Brewing, Solotech, and Creators at Play.



Production Team

Shawn Henry is a Toronto-based production manager and lighting designer; Her theatre credits include: Bentboy, La Forestera, Russels World, Three Ordinary Men, Comedy is Art, Hybrid by Design, 21 Black Futures, Maman La Mer, Riot, rock.paper.sistahz., Cycle of a Sari, 30 people watching, Hiding words for you, Saltfish Girl, Wise Woman, Hookup, How to succeed in business without really trying, Lady of Spills, I Marcus Garvey, and Love & Marriage. She is also the resident lighting designer for the Ismailova Theatre of Dance.

Matt Pilipiak is a prairie-born, Toronto-based artist. They are also the managing & artistic producer of Bad Hats Theatre. You can see their work next in Bad Hats’ Alice in Wonderland at Soulpepper Theatre this holiday season. When not doing art things, Matt is usually doing some combination of pizza things, wine things, or game things.


Filip Plaskota is a producer, editor and filmmaker. He started Creators at Play a video-focused creative agency to merge his love for storytelling with his eye for marketing. He has filmed and edited music videos, festivals, commercials, and lots of corporate videos, but also some documentaries. His work has generated millions of views, helped raise thousands of dollars for charities and the arts, and has contributed to building dozens of brands internationally.


From October 25
to October 29, 2022

Tickets are PWYC ($15, $30, $45, $60). Tickets to the opening night fundraiser are $125 for one and $200 for a pair.


Franco Boni Theatre

Performance Dates

TallBoyz II Men (Oct. 25)

Stand Up For Sobriety (Oct. 26)

Black on Black on Black (Oct. 27)


Real Estate Problems (Oct. 29)

This performance is 75 minutes

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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!

Photos by Taiwo Bah and Krissia Valiente