CBC's This Is That brings live show to this year's Winnipeg Comedy Festival
As if you didn't know, it's the year 2012. What does that mean? Well, if you follow the Mayan calendar, it might very well be the end of the world as we know it, but perhaps not.
2012 also marks the 11th year of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. And according to artistic director Al Rae "apart from the pretend gloom of our Mayan Apocolypto theme, the future of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival has never been brighter."
So who's going to be getting the last laughs April 5 - 15?
The hosts include Canadian icon Alan Thicke of Growing Pains and The Alan Thicke Show, television sitcom star and talk show host Caroline Rhea, (just think Sabrina the Teenage Witch) and comedian Harland Williams who appeared in the movies Dumb and Dumber and Half Baked.
And CBC faves The Debaters, This is That and DNTO will be presenting their shows in front of live audiences.
The Debaters always draws huge crowds and this year they'll be able to fit more people in as their event moves to the Burton Cummings Theatre.
This Is That features Pete Oldring and Pat Kelly who provide 90% of the voices on the show, even the women sometimes. Their special guest is popular Vancouver comedian Charlie Demers. He's been on the show before. In fact, he's the man behind This Is That's biggest story ever, "Quebec Lowers the Drinking Age to 14.
CBC Winnipeg's Wab Kinew will be hosting a special Aboriginal show called Unreserved. Some of the performers include Don Kelly, Ryan McMahon and Don Burnstick.
DNTO will once again be at the Gas Station Theatre and will feature four of their favourite storytellers plus a hot Winnipeg musical act.
Here are some of the other performers booked at this year's festival.
Nicole Arbour, Johhny Bagpipes, Sarah Cornell, Sean Cullen, Melanie Dahling, Debra DiGiovanni, Lou Dinos, John B. Duff, Stevie Ray Fromstein, Jen Grant, Cheryl Hann, Dean Jenkinson, Simon King, Matt Kirshen, Rebecca Kohler, Elvira Kurt, Laura Landauer, Kevin McDonald and many more.