Apr 7, 2017
The Winnipeg Comedy Festival has been going down all week and runs ’til Sunday! So many great shows coming up this weekend!
Martha Chaves is a seasoned comic. She is a veteran of multiple Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, and of all the other major comedy festivals in Canada, such as the Winnipeg, Halifax, Edmonton, and Vancouver Comedy Festivals. She has also performed in Boston and New York Comedy Festivals, and in Colombia’s Festival Del Humour. Martha’s infectious, candid style, and her natural ability to relate to a wide range of audiences, has made her a very popular headliner comedian at clubs, colleges, festivals, fundraisers, and corporate functions.
Patrick Haye has simply grown to be a pure fun, hilarious time on stage! He has also opened for Gerry Dee (“Mr. D”), Bryan Callen (Mad TV, “Hangover”), Eddie Griffin (“Undercover Brother”), and Harland Williams (Dumb and Dumber, Half Baked). He has performed at several festivals including Just For Laughs, Halifax and Icebreakers and was featured on the Panel on CBC’s George Stroumboulopoulus Tonight. He has also written for the TV series, Spun Out. Patrick’s hilarious observations, storytelling, and a musical keyboard Comedy piece has him busy performing at Clubs, Colleges, Universities, and Corporate events all over the country.
Noted lesbian Ashley Moffatt is a comedian, writer, and father figure to two small dogs. Winner of the Mark Breslin Award for Stand-up Comedy Excellence, two time Fresh Meat Nominee (sketch & stand-up), and, if you mispell her name “Moffat”, you can find her IMDB page. Frequent festival darling, she has performed at NXNE, Montreal Sketchfest, Milwaukee Sketchfest, Toronto Pride, Cottage Country Comedy Festival, Sirius XM Next Top Comic, Brantford Comedy Festival, JFL42, and the Dark Comedy Festival.
Mark James Heath is a comedian, writer, and actor who hails from Chicago, IL now making his home in Toronto. Alumni from NBC’s Stand Up for Diversity Initiative, he was spotted by Mark Breslin when opening up for Hannibal Buress. A Hiphop nerd, Mjh has a poetic sensibility and dynamic rhythm that capture any audiences’ ear and attention. His unique observations and experience as a husband and father give him a range of insights from politics to potty training to pop culture. Mjh is an old soul with a young energy, who approaches subjects with an open mind and a southern charm.
Jeff McEnery quickly established himself as one of the fastest-rising stars in comedy when he won the prestigious “Tim Sims Encouragement Award” and followed that up by winning “Yuk Yuk’s $25,000 Great Canadian Laugh Off” and “Best Stand-Up Newcomer” at the Canadian Comedy Awards. Since then, Jeff has gone on to become a headliner for Yuk Yuk’s and has appeared at every major Canadian comedy festival including the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival and Halifax Comedy Festival. Jeff is also a graduate of the Vancouver Film School’s Writing for Film and Television program. As an actor, Jeff had a lead role in the critically-acclaimed drama Dog Pound. He was also a cast member on the Comedy Network’s sketch comedy series Hotbox and has made guest appearances on the Covert Affairs, Jon Dore Television Show and Naturally Sadie. Jeff’s own short film Behind the Funny has aired nationally on The Comedy Network.
Matt Wright is an award winning stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and director. He has performed at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival, Halifax Comedy Festival and has headlined comedy clubs from St. John’s to Vancouver. Matt was named as a national finalist at the Just For Laughs Homegrown Competition, a national semi-finalist in the Sirius XM Canada’s Next Top Comic competition, and was named “Best Comedian” by the Overcast Magazine 2014 and 2015. Matt is currently a writer on This Hour Has 22 Minutes and has appeared on The Debaters. His album “Vasectomy Baby” went to #2 on the iTunes Canadian Comedy charts and can be heard frequently on SiriusXM. Also an accomplished actor/director, Matt’s short film “Wife and Death” was an official selection at multiple film festivals and earned him the “Best Emerging Filmmaker” award at the 2016 Nickel Film Festival.
Based out of Toronto, Adrienne combines observational comedy from her everyday life as a nanny, with physical comedy that will make you believe you are right in the room with her British mother (who is on morphine). Chosen to compete for the Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award in 2014 and appearing in different festivals across Canada and the States, it’s clear that, though new, Adrienne is a natural. Off stage, she is featured weekly on local Toronto TV’s “Night Time with Michael A. Charbon”, can be heard on Sirius XM’s “Canada Laughs”, and currently produces her own sell-out monthly show at the Comedy Bar. She’s loud, she’s funny, she’s got a fro, and she may even attempt to breakdance on stage, so buckle up and enjoy the laughs.
One of the fastest rising comics in the country, Bebenek has smashed audiences from coast to coast. His sharp wit and observational rants have left audiences in stitches. Rob has received major praises from peers, critics and most of all the crowds, for the way he rips apart day to day life and calls out idiocy in the world as he’s sees it. As a result he is quickly becoming a club favourite. Originally from Kitchener Ontario he now makes his home in Toronto as his hones his skills as a comedian, writer and actor. He was a finalist in Sirius XM’s Canada’s next top comic competition in 2013. He’s appeared on MTV, XM radio and CBC’s “laugh out loud”. He’s performed on the Cottage Country Comedy Festival, the NXNE Festival and the Waterloo Comedy Festival. As well as opening for Charlie Murphy, Steve-O, Gerry Dee, Tim Meadows and more!
In 2015, Sean performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and made his television debut on CBC at the Winnipeg and Halifax comedy festivals. Will his offbeat (and onbeat), rapid-fire (and slow-fire), abstract style be a TV sensation? I don’t know but either way… that’s a lot of adjectives. Sean has opened for such recognizable names as Iliza Shlesinger, Lachlan Patterson, Marc Maron, Gilbert Gottfried and Doug Stanhope. In other words… Sean is not famous. However, one time after a show a girl told him he was cute. Nothing came out of it but she agreed to follow him on Twitter.