The Guelph Comedy Festival, one of the city’s biggest events designed to make the audience laugh out loud, celebrates its tenth anniversary with a jam-packed edition.
The three-day event will invite local stand-up comedians, improvisers, and more to take the stage. All three nights will start with an improv event, including “Improv Jam Sandwich” and “Rap Battlez”, before moving on to stand-up-focused performances. Thursday night will feature local performers including Jason Dalgleish and Jackie Pirico as part of a “Hometown Heroes” show, while Friday’s “Stand-Up Powerhouse” will highlight comics from across Canada, headlined by Deanne Smith. Both of these events will be followed by a 20-minute free set. The festival is supported by local sponsors as well as volunteer efforts.
The weekend will conclude with a “10th Anniversary Spectacular” featuring successful acts from across the festival’s ten editions, including Comedy Sketchtown, Aashay Dalvi, and 2 Man No Show, followed by an afterparty. Confirmed performers include best-selling author Dr. Sarah Boston, Baroness Von Sketch star Aurora Browne, and Pinch Cabaret founder Ben Gorodetsky. Stand-up comedy and improvisation are typically grassroots art forms using events such as this to raise performers’ profiles, alongside promotional tools ranging from podcasts to poster printing.