Guelph Comedy Festival 2018 Schedule

Four days of funny in Downtown Guelph. With an all-Canadian lineup of award-winning stand-ups, improvisers and sketch acts, Guelph is about to shake with laughter. Nab yourself an all-access wristband, an individual show ticket or take your chances at the door. Here's who's coming and what to expect this season:


Wed. Oct 17: THE MAKING-BOX AND GUELPH COMEDY FESTIVAL PRESENT FEST-TIMERS

$10 - STAND-UP
(9:00 PM @ The Making-Box)

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This is the first night of the fest and the night we celebrate first-time comedy! Eight brave souls step on our stage in an effort to win your hearts and your laughs. Come for the pleasant surprise, and stay for the trainwreck. If you want to try comedy at Fest-Timers, you still can! Just email braeden@themakingbox.ca to make it happen.


Thursday Oct. 18: All Made Up, All Night Long FT. 2-MAN NO-SHOW

$20 - Improv
(9:00 P.M. @ The Making-Box)

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Guelph's own The Making-Box Brigade hosts a night of improv with special guests 2-Man No-Show. This improv duo is a high-energy blast to the funny bone. The CBC described them as David Lynch meets Mr. Bean, and they’ve been making impressions and winning awards across North America and Europe. Don’t miss these two.


Friday Oct. 19: THE FRIDAY NIGHT SPECIAL FT. MARK DEBONIS & The FLIRTY BOYS

$30 - STAND-UP & SKETCH
(8:00 P.M @ THE MAKING-BOX) 

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Two headliners. One show. You’d be lucky to see either headliner on their own, let alone in the same night! Mark Debonis is a Great Canadian Laugh-Off champ that now calls LA home. He has been featured multiple times at Just for Laughs, The Debaters and Comedy Network. The Flirty Boys are an all-women sketch troupe made up of some of Canada’s top-tier talent and have been featured on Just for Laughs, Women in Comedy Festival, Toronto Sketch Fest and Montreal Sketch fest.


SATURDAY OCT. 20: A COMEDY BLOCK-PARTY OF SKETCH, STAND-UP AND IMPROV

ONE NIGHT. FIVE SHOWS. THREE VENUES. Surf from venue to venue as you get a sampler of Canada’s top stand-ups, improvisers and sketch artists. Everyone ends the journey in one big final mashup at 10C with live music from The Lee Cohen Band and live comedy of all kinds from everybody else. 

STAND-UP SHOW FT. BRANDON ASH-MOHAMMED & ADRIENNE FISH
(7:00 P.M @ RED BRICK CAFE)
(8:30 P.M. @ 10C)

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Creator of Canada’s first-ever show for LBGTQ+ people of colour, Brandon Ash-Mohammed (Just for Laughs, JFL42) and Adrienne Fish (Winnipeg Comedy Fest, The Debaters, Just for Laughs) are headlining on awesome show time twice in the evening. Everyone is welcome to laugh along.

IMPROV SHOW FT. SEX T-REX & The Making-Box BRigade
(8:00 P.M. @ THE MAKING-BOX)

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Go on a high-intensity action-packed adventure that is no way planned in advance. Sex T-Rex has been garnering international attention at Fringe Fests and Comedy Festivals around the world for their ability to turn out cinematic show after show made-up-on-the-spot. They join the M-B Brigade for one-show-only of perfectly unadulterated storytelling and comedy.

STAND-UP SHOW FT. ANA MARIJA STOJIC
(8:30 P.M. @ RED BRICK CAFE)
(10:00 P.M. @ 10C)

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Their faces are new, but the talent has been there for a long long time. Ana Marija Stoljic was featured in a NBC Showcase at the Women in Comedy Festival Boston 2018 , plus showed and shone at all kinds of comedy compeitions over the last year. Michael Moses is one of those comedians you’ll wish you saw at the brink of blowing up. And now’s your chance! He’s won the Go Yuk Yourself compeition at Yuk’s Yuk’s and has been touring the country.

SKETCH SHOW FT. The Sketchersons
(9:30 P.M. @ THE MAKING-BOX) 

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A big ol’ sketch show! The Sketchersons are Toronto’s go to comedy troupe. They have performed across Canada and the United States, including at the 2005 and 2006 Montreal Fringe Festivals, the 2006 New York Fringe Festival, the 2008 Just For Laughs Sketch Comedy Gala in Toronto, the 2009 Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, and at the 2012 JFL42 Festival.

THE LATE NIGHT MASHUP
(11:00 P.M. @ 10C)

A show featuring a live band, mildly buzzed improvisers, and performers who stick around. We all meet at 10C and cram as many people into our rented room as we can for one final funny time. This show will get weird in the best possible ways.


WANT IN? HERE'S HOW IT WORKS: 

Wristbands (All Access): Festival wristbands are now available. This is your pass to all shows (pardon FEST TIMERS). 
Individual Shows (Wednesday - Friday):  All individual show tickets can be purchased in advance. 
Block Party (Saturday): The only way to guarantee spots at shows is with a wristband. All other tickets are $20, or $10 if it's your second show of the evening.