2017 FULL Performer List COMING VERY SOON
2017 Preview Gala Performers
Comedian. Writer. Trouble-maker. DeAnne is a Canadian Comedy Award winner who has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal. In July 2017 a video of her stand-up called "Straight men, step up your game" went mega-viral garnering 28 million views on Facebook alone.
A former UN war crimes lawyer turned stand up comic. Jess recently taped a gala set at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. You may also have heard her on CBC’s Q, Laugh Out Loud and The Debaters.
This sketch comedy duo was recently named the “Best of the Fest” at both The Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and Montreal Sketch Fest. Both Kevin Vidal (nice guy) and Christian Smith (cool guy) are also alumni of Second City. You may recognize Kevin from Workin' Moms (CBC) and Sunnyside (CityTV). You may recognize Christian from Alias Grace (CBC/Netflix) and Reign (CBS).
Past PERFORMERS (2016)
Stand-up, improv, sketch, poetry, podcasts, rap battles and a dedicated LGBTQ+ stage. Touring talent and local rising-stars on every show. GCF2016 featured comedians from Just For Laughs, The Comedy Network, CBC's The Debaters, This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Conan, Funny Or Die and so much more.
Jess co-hosts a comedy podcast called The Crimson Wave, which is all about the glory of periods. She’s performed at JFL42, Boston's Women in Comedy Festival and the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research. Not only that, she was involved in a campaign in 2015 that removed the tax from menstruation products in Canada.
Trained at The Second City, this masterful jack-of-all-trades is an improviser, stand-up comedian, contributor to CBC Comedy, and a screenwriter. He was the winner of the Absolute Comedy’s "Prove You're a Comic" competition and performed in JFL42.
Coko and DaphneY
Coko Galore and Daphney Joseph, two friends who love comedy, music and each other. This duo met on the Toronto comedy scene in 2012 and have been performing together since. They’ve performed in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Montreal, Philadelphia and Ottawa.
Guelph Spoken Word
GSW presents monthly and annual spoken word events in Guelph and sends its poetry slam team to compete on the national stage. At GCF2016 they curate a show of their funniest poets and poems.
James has performed at JFL42, San Francisco Sketch Fest, NXNE, and the Toronto Fringe Fest. He was a cast member and writer on the show That’s So Weird and has written for Sunnyside and This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
You might have heard him on CBC’s Punchline or SiriusXM. Foad HP is a writer, actor, and stand-up comedian from Toronto. He’s been a finalist in numerous comedy competitions including the 2013 Toronto Comedy Brawl, the 2014 Brantford Comedy Festival’s Rising Star Competition, and the 2016 Cracking Up The Capital Comedy Competition.
Illusionoid is a bi-weekly improvised comedy podcast in the style of an old-time radio show! Performed by Paul Bates (of Second City and Dan for Mayor), Lee Smart (of Second City and the Comedy Network’s 5th Quadrant), and Nug Nahrgang (of Syfy’s Scare Tactics and Dark Rising: Summer Strikes Back). Described as a hilarious, made-up Twilight Zone!
Robert Keller was a finalist on the CBC's The Second City’s Next Comedy Legend, and will soon guest star in the upcoming series finale of the CW’s Beauty and the Beast. He was nominated for the prestigious Tim Sims award and was a 2012 Fresh Meat/Cream of Comedy award recipient. He’s also well known for his impressive Celine Dion impersonation.
The Hot Karls
A party-rock cover band on a comedy festival? That’s right, Guelph’s own, The Hot Karls (The 8th Greatest Cover Band) will join The Making-Box Brigade and special guest improvisers to close out the GCF2016 with a one-of-a-kind Rock N’ Roll improv comedy show.
Mark has performed on Conan, at Just For Laughs and was one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch. You can see Mark in CTV’s Space Riders: Division Earth, CBC's Mr D. and is the voice of the Youtube sensation video, Power Thirst by sketchgroup Picnicface.
The Making-Box Brigade
The Brigade is the performance ensemble behind The Making-Box, Guelph’s hub for live comedy and improv education. Voted Guelph’s Best Live Theatre in 2015 and 2016 by The Mercury Tribune.
You may have heard Chantel on CBC’s Laugh Out Loud, The Debaters. She’s opened for comedians such as Judy Gold, Elvira Kurt, Tom Green, and Russell Peters during his Almost Famous tour. She produced and performed in her hit one-woman show “Queer and Present Danger” and was voted one of Manitoba’s “Top 100 Most Fascinating People 2014.”
Natalie is often political, sometimes smart, and always hilarious. She is a fierce feminist and a Spice Girls enthusiast. Natalie is the host of Crimson Wave Comedy, a weekly stand-up show held at Comedy Bar in Toronto. The Crimson Wave has been apart of JFL42, Sled Island in Calgary and Field Trip.
Exclaim! Magazine was right to name Jackie as a quickly rising force in Toronto comedy. A member of Laugh Sabbath, Jackie has performed all over Canada, filmed a Just for Laughs Special, and is appearing in the 2017 comedy-film Sundowners. She also produced “Jackie Pirico’s Roast of Dogs” for Laugh Sabbath in 2015.
Gavin Stephens spent five seasons as a lead actor and writer on the Gemini nominated sketch show Comedy Inc. He performed with Reggie Watts at JFL42 and has performed at Montreal’s Just for Laughs and Austin’s SXSW alongside Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofalo, and Marc Maron. A finalist on SiriusXM’s Top Comic competition, Gavin has appeared on CBC’s the Debaters and filmed numerous specials for CTV and The Comedy Network.
DeAnne Smith has made folks laugh all over the world. For example; she’s performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival, and both Just For Laugh Montreal and Chicago. If you’re less of a traveller but love watching television - she was featured on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, CBS’s The Late Late Show, The Comedy Network and CBC.
Winners of “Best Duo” at the L.A. Comedy Festival, Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton write and perform original surreal sketch comedy often with a twist of poignant social commentary. Nominated for “Best Sketch Troupe 2014” at the Canadian Comedy Awards, you can see them on their new web series: “Womanish” on CBC Punchline!
Rapp Battlez is a hilarious, off-the-wall mix of rapping, comedy and spectacle; think 8-mile meets WWE, only it’s the funniest thing you’ve ever seen. Hosted by brothers Miguel and Freddie Rivas AKA Big Migga and Dext Vocab, the jokes keep coming in this fast-paced show as big characters throw down even bigger rhymes. This show features some of Canada’s most talented sketch comedians squaring off against each other for rap battle supremacy!
An artist of many talents, Preeti has been involved in both the Toronto and the New York comedy community. Preeti produced a monthly multi-discipline comedy/art show “BOSS” that promotes diversity of all kinds on stage. You can catch her in the Funny Or Die sketch “Where You From?”.
Gabriel Broderick is a political refugee from the Bronx, NY by of Toronto, who is now seeking asylum as a student in this hippie commune we call Guelph. Affectionately called the Hood Anthropologist, Gabriel is known for his cheerfully cynical cultural commentary on life and his ability to tell a pretty decent Dad story.
Zoë first tried stand-up at the Making Box, and within months was asked to perform at Toronto’s Comedy Bar. Then she left the province to study small birds. She also performs and teaches improv as a member of the Making Box Brigade. She loves small animals and telling you her secrets.
If Amber looks familiar, you might've already seen her walking aimlessly around downtown Guelph, or sitting alone coolly at the bar like Strider from LOTR, or maybe just maybe you've seen her perform at Time of The Month, Making Box Comedy: Headliners, New Faces, Rainbow Reels, or countless open mics.
Spencer Dunn hit the Guelph comedy scene two years ago and has never looked back. He’s currently a rep player with The Making Box Brigade and has improvised with companies all across Canada from Jasper to St. John’s. Once a bear ran straight at him and he only peed a little bit.
Kate has spent the majority of her comedy career as an improviser, but when the Making-Box afforded her opportunity at a First-Timers show she discovered a whole new way to use unwilling audiences as personal therapists. With sets ripped from her own life she’s either laudable or laughable and demands you pick one of those adjectives.
Sarah travels between Toronto and Guelph but she really lives on OKCupid. A winner of the Montel Williams award, which is apparently a thing, she is also a fan of run on sentences. She has performed at Leave It To Beavers, Queer As Fuck, The Lesbian Roadtrip Comedy Hour and many other super queer events.
Cas has been subjecting Guelph and Guelph-adjacent audiences to her talk/lunge blend of standup comedy since early 2015. Sitting comfortably at the ‘dark’ end of the humour spectrum, Cas’ stage and comedy presence have been described as ‘a funny contradiction of exhaustion and intensity.’ Cas performs improv with The Making-Box Brigade and is also a co-host of the comedy and transit-based podcast CarPod Diem.
Rob is an improviser and (don't tell his girlfriend) former magician. He and the other members of his troupe Fanny Pack have been the youngest headliners of the Big City Improv Festival for the last three years in a row, and were featured last year in the Young Stars Showcase produced by Bruce McCulloch of Kids in the Hall. Career highlights include being booed before even taking the microphone at a stand-up show where he was introduced as being originally “from Vaughan."
Erinn is co-producer of two feminist and queer-positive shows, That Time of the Month (Guelph) and LOL (Kitchener.) Erinn is the facilitator of Comedy Church, a bimonthly community-based stand-up workshop. Erinn has performed two solo shows;
Unorganized Territory and Resting Nice Face. She performed as part of the On the Edge Fringe Festival and the North Bay Comedy Festival.