Oddblock Comedy Festival

South Osborne gets silly


After last year’s success, the four-day Oddblock Comedy Festival is coming back to South Osborne on the last weekend of August.

The festival, launched by The Park Theatre’s owner Erick Casselman, talent booker Kevin Mozdzen and local stand-up comedian John B. Duff, will showcase all types different comedy.

“We like certain types of comedy and I guess we thought that a lot of the comedians we really liked weren’t coming to the city, so an excuse to get a whole bunch of them in town for one weekend was really exciting to us,” Mozdzen says.

Like last year, the second Oddblock Comedy Festival will take place across South Osborne venues all within walking distance of each other. While most of the action will happen at The Park Theatre, there are number of shows at neighbouring restaurants and bars.

“I think the thing that makes us unique is that all of the venues are within one block of each other,” Mozdzen says. “Some places that are not your typical comedy venues.”

Oddblock features local and touring comedians, including a lot of talent from the United States, like Matt Braunger, Kate Berlant and Todd Glass.

Such a wide range of comedians make the festival appealing for everyone, according to Mozdzen.

“I think people really like comedy, so a chance to come down and see whole bunch of shows without having to leave one neighbourhood is really appealing,” Mozdzen says.

Published in Volume 70, Number 27 of The Uniter (June 2, 2016)

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