Winnipeg Comedy Festival: The Launch Pad & Red Carpet Opener, March 23 & April 30


Red Carpet Comedy with Shaun Majumder & Special Guest Opener!

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival is showcasing the next generation of comedy at McPhillips Station Casino, with 20 up-and-coming comics competing March 23 for a spot at the WCF's Red Carpet Comedy show.

WCF & McPhillips Station Casino present… THE LAUNCH PAD

Special Guest Headliner: Ron Josol

March 23 @ 7:30pm

McPhillips Station Casino

Tickets $10 – on sale TODAY!

Ron Josol is a Canadian-Filipino comedian who stirs up and samples the multi-cultural melting pot that mirrors life in most urban centers today. His hilarious scenarios and comments on global society and inherent contradictions combine one-liners and storytelling style. He has been part of the Kings 'N Queens Festival in Malaysia and Singapore, Magners Comedy Festival in Asia, LOL Comedy Festival in the Caribbean, and the Maui ALT Comedy Festival. The next warm and exotic locale he will visit is Winnipeg.

WCF & Winnipeg Wine Festival present… RED CARPET COMEDY

Special Guest Headliner: Shaun Majumder

Special Guest Opener: Winner of The Launch Pad

April 30 @ 7:30pm

Wine Tasting Reception 6:00-7:15pm

Gas Station Arts Centre

$40 Advance / $45 Door (portion of ticket sales to Special Olympics Manitoba) – on sale TODAY!

Host and Gemini Award-winning actor/comedian Shaun Majumder hails from Burlington, Newfoundland (population 350). He starred in the Farrelly Brothers Fox comedy Unhitched in 2008 before his Comedy Central Presents special debuted, has appeared on 24 and Cedric the Entertainer Presents, and is a cast member of This Hour Has 22 Minutes. His documentary series Majumder Manor told the story of his dream to transform his home town into a sustainable high-end tourist destination, with two seasons on W Network.

THE LAUNCH PAD and RED CARPET COMEDY tickets are on-sale March 6 at and, where you can also still purchase Early Bird pricing ($30) for WCF's five Galas. They take place May 2-4 in their new home at Club Regent Event Centre – where you'll also find plenty of free parking!

The Winnipeg Comedy Festival's full schedule and line-up will be released March 21. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website, for all of our upcoming news and events.


The 18th Winnipeg Comedy Festival takes place April 28 to May 4, 2019. The festival was the brainchild of Lara Rae and CBC Radio's Tom Anniko, who worked in partnership with the Gas Station Arts Centre to bring the first comedy festival to life in 2002. The festival continues to be produced by the Gas Station Arts Centre (GSAC), an innovative home for multidisciplinary artistic development that puts special focus on being an artist's "first stage." GSAC supports and facilitates innovation and creativity in the arts, guided by the vision of artists from all mediums, at all stages of their career. GSAC continues to raise the profile of Winnipeg by being a hub of urban arts activity in Osborne Village, the city's most densely populated neighbourhood. /