By Joshua Haddon
(WINDSOR, ON) – Windsor’s premier comedy club is gearing up for what is sure to be an entertaining summer. Comedy Quarry on Ottawa Street, Walkerville Theatre, and other venues in the city will be hosting the first annual Border City Comedy Fest, beginning on July 11, across the Windsor-Essex region.
The event will host 54 of the greatest comedians from North America, in addition to eight of Windsor-Essex’s finest. Previously narrowed down from over 500 applicants, these comedians will battle it out for a chance to win their share of the prize pool, worth $5,000.
Sponsors and partners for the event include the A&A Associates, and The Walkerville Brewery.
The event will take place over the course of eight weeks, culminating in the grand finale on September 20, at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Wyandotte Street. The 800 seat theatre sets the stage for the perfect finale; both as a celebration of the incredible talent of the comedians who will take part in this event, and the long standing history of quality events held at the theatre. Since its establishment in 1920, the Olde Walkerville Theatre has been the host to many grand performances. The Border City Comedy Fest will be the latest addition to this list.
Proceeds from the event will benefit the Fools for Health Clown-Doctor Program; an award winning, independent charitable organization dedicated to using the arts to promote health and well-being in hospitals, long term care facilities, and seniors’ residences.
The Clown Doctor program uses therapeutic methods such as music, humour, improvisational play, and reminiscence to increase the quality of life amongst patients.
“Everyone at Fools for Health is extremely excited with this partnership with the Border City Comedy Fest,” said Jason Tang, Treasurer for Fools for Health. “What they’re is crafting is an amazing initiative to promote Windsor and the comedy community. We are honoured he has selected us to be the featured charity.”
Tang added, “Laughter is the best medicine and we want to show Windsor and the Essex County community the importance of our program.”
Tickets and more information can be found at the festival’s website or by calling the info line at 226-346-0646.