• An (incomplete) queer history: Winnipeg drag

    While RuPaul’s Drag Race sits at the forefront of drag representation in popular culture, there’s much more to the art form than simply female impersonation. Behind every drag performer, there are local histories spanning many decades.

  • ‘Because if the women don’t find you handsome’

    Red Green returns to Winnipeg for his “This Could Be It” tour

  • Laughter Is Medicine mixes culture and comedy

    Laughter is Medicine is a hit. Back for its third installment on March 15, the night of ingenious Indigenous comedy has sold out both its previous shows.

  • Coming out comedy

    2018 was a big year for Chanty Marostica.

  • The best medicine

    Winnipeg’s comedy scene was marked by profound change in 2018. Long-standing open mic nights ended, and festivals were shelved. Simultaneously, existing rooms have taken off, new venues have arrived, and many old staples are still going strong.

  • Poverty is everyone’s business

    Comedian Lara Rae believes it’s possible to address any topic with humour. This approach extends to serious topics, like poverty.

  • Laughing together with WOKE Comedy Hour

    WOKE Comedy Hour is held once a month at the Good Will Social Club. Occuring on Feb. 20 this month, WOKE showcases Indigenous folks and People of Colour, with an emphasis on women and non-binary individuals

  • Workshops show that improv is for everyone

    Improv is a life skill, according to Riva Billows, executive director of Common Crow Improv Co.

  • More women stand up to the mic

    Women and non-binary folks are often underrepresented in many domains, including comedy.

  • Whose House? Ashley’s House!

    Ashley Burdett spends her days as a hairstylist and her nights as a stand-up comedian.

  • Oddblock Comedy Festival

    Aug. 24 to 27 // Not your average block party

  • Arts Briefs

    God is a Scottish Drag Queen IV // Prairie Fire’s Indigenous issue // World premier of dance // Reading Week plans // MAC’s strategic plan

  • Whose House? Tim and Dana’s house.

    Dana Smith and Tim Gray are as busy in the Winnipeg comedy scene as one can be. In addition to their own individual standup careers, Gray and Smith make up two-fifths of local sketch troupe H.U.N.K.S., performing live and recording a weekly podcast.

  • Favourite Local Comedian

    1. Jane Testar
    2. Tie: Mike Green / Benji Rothman

  • Arts Briefs

    Encouraging women in film // The Bickersons // Tim Gray // Eyes of My Community // heaven between // I’m With the Band

  • Changing society with humour

    Sarasvàti changes up its annual comedy fundraiser

  • Once more, with feeling

    The Girls! Girls! Girls! 12th annual fundraiser gala in support of the Gas Station Arts Centre will, as always, showcase female-identifying artists from many disciplines in varying stages of their creative development.

  • Arts and culture briefs

    Awarding Manitoba musicians // The Manitoba Showcase // Hilarity for Charity // Songwriting competition // Olympics of Opera

  • Oddblock Comedy Festival

    August 25 to 28: South Osborne gets silly

  • Acting under the influence

    Smashterpiece Theatre a beast of its own

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