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.
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Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 8 pm
Featuring Tim Blair, Vance Banzo, Franco Nguyen, and Guled Abdi
Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8 pm
Hosted by John Mostyn
Featuring Brandon Ash-Mohammed, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, Tracy Hamilton, Danny Martinello, and Allie Pearse
Thursday, Oct. 27 at 8 pm
Hosted by Ajahnis Charley
Featuring Coko Galore, Brandon Hackett, Hisham Kelati, Sashka DC, and Nkasi Ogbonnah
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
Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 pm
Hosted by Denise B. McLeod
Performances by Samantha Mandaamin, Lena 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.
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.
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
This performance is 75 minutes
Photos by Taiwo Bah and Krissia Valiente