The Garden City Comedy Festival is excited to be making its triumphant return for its 4th annual festival!
Running from June 1–4, 2022 at multiple venues across St. Catharines, including the FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre, the festival is a celebration of all things comedy in Niagara and “it’s bloomin’ funny!”
Bringing together the funniest comics from the Niagara Region and beyond, this is Niagara’s premier comedy extravaganza! The goal of the festival is to provide four days’ worth of hilarious entertainment for Niagara Region residents and visitors, offer a platform for the region’s established and up-and-coming comedians to showcase their skills, promote the area’s arts and entertainment community, and support local organizations.
Festival Kick Off Show
Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Mahtay Café and Lounge– 241 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Performers: David Green (Emcee), Oren Williamson (Feature), Jacob Bergsma (Feature), Tom Holman (Feature) and Jeff Leeson (Headliner)
Niagara Comedy All-Stars
A showcase of the next generation of top talent in Niagara.
Thursday, June 2, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Essential Café and Bakery– 3490 Schmon Pkwy Building 7
Performers: Levi Mann (Host), Allie Moore (Feature), Mitch McBeaudry (Feature), Sab Powers (Feature), Taylor Grant (Feature)
Badunkafunk Street Party
What is Badunkafunk? It’s funk music that makes you shake your badunkadunk. Nostalgic 70’s funk, mixed with body positive and irreverent lyrics, you can’t go wrong with this hilarious funky party! This is a Free all ages event and will feature tons of surprises, giveaways and special guests!
Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7 p.m.
Niagara Artists Centre (Papa Tee Show Mobile), 354 St Paul St, St. Catharines
Performers: Badunkafunk (aka Craig F. Watkins) and Special Guests
Laughter from the Rooftop: A fundraiser for Women’s Place
Friday, June 3, 2022 at 9 p.m.
Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St Paul St, St. Catharines
Performers: Brie Watson (MC), Cathy Boyd (Feature), Tamara Shevon (Feature), Keh Dee (Feature), Brenda Lennie (Headliner)
Garden City Comedy Festival Gala Night
Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 8:00 p.m.
FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – 250 St. Paul Street, St. Catharines
Performers: Mike Wilmot (Headliner) Fiona O’Brien (Feature) Zabrina Douglas (Feature) Ernie Vicente (Feature) Joe Pillitteri (Host)