Your Saturday Night Block Party Survival Guide

It's almost here! Guelph's annual celebration of the comedic arts and the craft behind them is back! Wednesday through Friday is simple enough to navigate. There's a show every night: you go to it.

However, Saturday is when we get comedy crazy. We're taking over Downtown to bring you a full evening of seven shows across three venues. Intimidated by the awesomeness? You should be.

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But don't fear! We won't leave our friends out to dry. Festivals are tough to navigate, so we've done all the prep work for you. Here's our favorite scenarios for your Saturday block party.

Just so you know, wristbands get you into all of these shows and guarantee spots (if you show up at least 15 minutes early). All other shows are $20 at the door, and $10 for subsequent shows.

Scenario #1: The Variety Pack (Stand-Up > Improv > Sketch > Mash Up)

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For the comedy lover who wants it all! Take full advantage of all the awesome types of comedy in town and get in on four shows of all different genres of comedy.

Show #1 (7:00 PM): Stand-Up w/ Hoodo Hersi and Joe Vu @ Red Brick Cafe
Show #2 (8:00 PM):  Improv w/ Fake Cops @ The Making-Box
Show #3 (9:30 PM): Sketch w/ Dame Judy Dench @ The Making-Box
Show #4 (11:00 PM): Late Night Mashup w/ Everybody @ The Making-Box

#GCFProTip: These shows will cost a grand total of $50 individually, and you're not guaranteed a spot. Get a wristband right now, and you can go to all of the shows earlier in the week AND these shows for only $65. There's not many left so be quick!

Scenario #2: The Early Evening (Stand-Up > Stand-Up w/ Sketch option)

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Do you like stand-up AND going to bed early? Well this one's for you! You'll get all your laughs in and be home in time for your 9:30 PM bedtime.

Show #1 (7:00 PM): Stand-Up w/ Hoodo Hersi and Joe Vu @ Red Brick Cafe
Show #2 (8:30 PM): Stand-Up w/ Courtney Gilmour and Marito Lopez @ Red Brick Cafe
Show #3 (9:30 PM - Optional): Sketch w/ Dame Judy Dench @ The Making-Box
Show #4 (10:00 PM - Optional): Late Night Mashup w/ Everybody@ The Making-Box

#GCFProTip: Grab a coffee from Red Brick during the second show, so you're awake to enjoy bonus sketch comedy past your bed time. Guelph Comedy Festival is practically a holiday, so treat it like New Years, and try your best to make it till midnight.

Scenario #3: The Late Evening (Stand-Up > Stand-Up > Mashup)

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Do you stay up late most nights watching stand-up specials on Netflix? Well now you can do it in real life, with more fantastic real-life humans!

Show #1 (8:30 PM): Stand-Up w/ Hoodo Hersi and Joe Vu @ Cornerstone
Show #2 (10:00 PM): Stand-Up w/ Courtney Gilmour and Marito Lopez @ Cornerstone
Show #3 (11:00 PM - Optional): Late Night Mashup w/ Everybody @ The Making-Box

#GCFProTip: Show up early for the first Stand-Up show to make sure you get a good spot. We're already 2 shows deep by the time your first show starts, so you got lots of laughs to catch up on.

Scenario #4: Everything But Stand-Up (Improv > Sketch > Mashup)

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Maybe stand-up comedy or walking around outside isn't your thing. We've got you covered. Spend your whole night in the tranquil comfort of The Making Box's foldable chairs while laughing it up at some improv and sketch.

Show #1 (8:00 PM):  Improv w/ Fake Cops @ The Making-Box
Show #2 (9:30 PM): Sketch w/ Dame Judy Dench @ The Making-Box
Show #3 (11:00 PM): Late Night Mashup w/ Everybody @ The Making-Box

#GCFProTip: These shows are going to be in high demand, so if you want to be comfortable, you'll absolutely guarantee spots at all these shows with a wristband.

Scenario #5 The Venue-Hopper (Stand-Up > Improv > Stand-Up > Mash-Up)

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A crisp October evening Downtown Guelph is perfect for little jaunts between venues. Strap on your walking shoes and be among the select few who share a laugh at every 2017 GCF venue.

Show #1 (7:00 PM): Stand-Up w/ Hoodo Hersi and Joe Vu @ Red Brick Cafe
Show #2 (8:00 PM):  Improv w/ Fake Cops @ The Making-Box
Show #3 (10:00 PM): Stand-Up w/ Courtney Gilmour and Marito Lopez @ Cornerstone
Show #4 (11:00 PM): Late Night Mashup w/ Everybody @ The Making-Box

#GCFProTip: You've got a built in food break between show #2 and show #3, with all that walking around you'll be doing, make sure you fuel up with some of Downtown Guelph's finest poutines, burritos, sandwiches or other delicacies. 

Sure there's plenty of other options to see one or two shows, but Guelph Comedy Festival only comes once per year - why not make the most of it? We're days away now friends, so make sure you grab one of our last wristbands and make Saturday night one you'll remember and laugh about until we're back next year.