BY KELLY ROCHE
Get your laugh on at the Port Credit Comedy Festival this weekend.
The fourth annual event kicks off Thursday with comics from both sides of the border taking the stage in south Mississauga.
“Toronto, specifically, you know, gets a lot of great shows all the time,” and there’s no reason why comics of great calibre can’t come to smaller communities, said executive producer Phil LeConte, who also oversees the Burlington and Kitchener-Waterloo comedy festivals.
Performers such as Sean Cullen, Casey Martin, Dwayne Perkins, Emily Galati, Chad Daniels, Scoot Herring, John Wing, and Pete Zedlacher will be cracking up crowds at two venues: Clarke Memorial Hall and the Port Credit Legion.
Turnout over the last few years “has been great. It’s almost overwhelming,” LeConte added.
The 2013 show saw 800 people attend, with at least 80 per cent of shows selling out the following years, said LeConte.
Tickets are still available – online and at the Port Credit BIA – for this year’s edition.
Come Friday and Saturday afternoon, “people are sort of scrambling to get tickets, and then we end up selling, like, standing room only at some of the shows, which is really great,” LeConte said.
Port Credit BIA general manager Ellen Timms pointed out the festival isn’t just for adults.
A family variety show is taking place at 2 p.m. Saturday, featuring Canadian juggling champion Robin Chestnut, slightly angry clown Aytahn Ross, and the KamiKaze FireFlies.
“We’re lucky to have them,” said Timms.
Tickets to the family show are $15 each or $50 for a four-pack.
Festival attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for The Compass Food Bank.
Visit portcreditcomedy.com for detailed information.