The Great Plains Comedy Festival features fantastic stand up comedians, musical comedians, improv acts, magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists and impressionists.
The Great Plains Comedy Festival's mandate is to help promote independent comedians. Those who are self-promoted and are not run by a Toronto-based corporation, get booked so that Saskatchewan audiences can see the very best in uncensored, free-range comedians as opposed to their "barnyard" generic counterparts seen at other clubs.
This year's comedy festival will feature amazing stand up from one of the very best in Canada and by extension the world, Dez Reed. He will be headlining The Festival Gala on Saturday, July 10 at The Odeon in Downtown Saskatoon. This comedian has been seen several times on The Comedy Network, appeared on the CBC's Madly Off in All Directions, has headlined comedy clubs all across North America, has opened for the stars of comedy including Steven Wright and is without a doubt the greatest comedian developed outside the Yuk Yuk's system.
Also appearing for the third straight year is Big Daddy Tazz. A favourite of the Canadian Prairies, Tazz' down home style and unique Canadian perspective makes him very popular with all audiences. Tazz will headline his own show on Friday, July 9, at The Longbranch Saloon in The Ramada Hotel and Golf Dome. Tazz will also be featured on every show he can possibly get to which has become a Great Plains Comedy Festival tradition.
Stu Hughes, executive director of Funnyfest, The Calgary Comedy Festival will be seen at The Sutherland Hotel on Saturday, July 10 at 10:00 for The Blue Revue, The Very Very Dirty Show which guarantees to offend.
Variety Live will run at David's Lounge Thursday, July 8 ay 8:00 pm. This is David's third year running this very popular show which features juggler Brian K. Work, musical comedian Tom Liske, magician Chester McBain and more. This is a profanity-free show for those with more sensitive tastes is comedy.
The Overdrive Nightclub on Idywyld will present The Big Show with Big Daddy Tazz and Greg Marosi. These are the heavyweights of comedy. No one under two hundred pounds will be permitted on the stage, and we will be weighing the comics in to make sure.
The Long Goodbye, the farewell to The Great Plains Comedy Festival will be seen at Manchester Brew Pub on 33rd and Idywyld. This is a multiple comedian show running several hours into Sunday night. It begins Sunday, July 11 at 9:00 and goes to midnight.
The Festival opens Wednesday, July 7, location to be announced. Also, midnight shows Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, locations to be announced as well.
Keep watching this site as more shows will be added in the weeks to come.