The funniest festival of the year is under way, and for the past six weeks, residents have had their say of who makes it to the big stage. Now in its ninth year, the Brantford Comedy Festival
has featured comedians who have gone on to TV appearances as well as the Just For Laughs festival. Not only is it a night of many laughs, but the weekly qualifiers leading up to the event have brought Brantford plenty of incredible comedy talent.
The Brantford Comedy Festival has been holding weekly Comedy Competitions at the Brantford Polish Hall
(154 Pearl St.) since Thursday, August 9th
that have been graciously hosted by Clifford Myers. Each week has featured four professional comedians and three rising stars. All are competing for a chance to win $10,000 at the festival’s Gala at the Sanderson Centre for the Performing Arts
The weekly qualifiers started off as what was thought to be a small intimate gathering, but quickly word spread and the event had to move to the larger room upstairs at the hall. Doors open at 7:00 pm with a show time of 8:00 pm. There’s no fee for the night, but don’t forget to bring your appetite as the Brantford Polish Hall will have an incredible dinner available to purchase and the bar will be open with great drink prices. Brantford loves its comedy and the Polish Hall.
The 2018 Festival’s three signature events are creating lots of excitement for Brantford. Here’s the rundown:
The road to $10,000 Contest
Polish Hall Brantford – No Fee (Doors 7:00 p.m. – Show 8:00 p.m.)
Week #1 – Thursday, August 9
Week #2 – Thursday, August 16
Week #3 – Thursday, August 23
Week #4 – Thursday, August 30
Week #5 – Thursday, September 6
Week #6 – Thursday, September 13
The Rising Star Finale
Polish Hall Brantford - $15 or reserve a table of 10/$150 (Doors 7:00 p.m. – Show 8:00 p.m.)
Friday, September 21, 2018
Hundreds of comedians apply to be a part of this competition. Top weekly competitors square off for a chance to work the stage at the Gala and a chance to win the grand prize of $10,000.
The Gala Evening
Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts - $20 (Doors 7:00 p.m. – Show 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
This event will fill the seats…all 1,125 of them. Past events have featured some of best comedians Canada has to offer.
The Brantford Comedy Festival is produced by local entrepreneur Jamie Stephens, whose love for comedy is putting Brantford on the map as a comedy hotbed for great entertainment as well as shining a light on up and coming talent. The Brantford Comedy Festival is proud to be partnered with the Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation.