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May. 25, 2022 | Wednesday
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Get ready for a busted gut, Niagara — the Garden City Comedy Festival is planning to return in June.

After a two-year COVID hiatus, event producer and Niagara comedian David Green said the festival is getting ready for a “triumphant return” for the fourth edition of the festival.

It will run from June 1 to 4 at multiple venues across St. Catharines.

Green said the festival is “a celebration of all things comedy in Niagara.”

“The goal of the festival is to provide four days’ worth of hilarious entertainment for Niagara 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,” he said in a media release.

The festival runs daily, beginning with the Festival Kick Off Show on June 1 and concluding on June 4 with the Gala Night at the First Ontario Performing Arts Centre headlined by Canadian Comedy Award winner Mike Wilmot and hosted by Niagara-on-the-Lake's Joe Pillitteri.

Here are the dates:

June 1 – Festival Kick-off Show

Starts: 8 p.m.

Where: Mahtay Café and Lounge, 241 St. Paul St., St. Catharines

Tickets: $20

June 2 – Niagara Comedy All-Stars

Starts: 7 p.m.

Where: Essential Café and Bakery – 3490 Schmon Pkwy., Building 7

Tickets: $20

June 3 – Badunkafunk Street Party

Starts: 7 p.m.

Where: Niagara Artists Centre (Papa Tee Show Mobile), 354 St. Paul St.

Performers: Badunkafunk (aka Craig F. Watkins) and special guests

Tickets: Free admission

June 3 – Laughter from the Rooftop: A fundraiser for Women’s Place

Starts: 9 p.m.

Where: Niagara Artists Centre, 354 St. Paul St.

Tickets: $20

June 4 – Festival Gala Night

The Garden City Comedy Festival’s Gala Night and marquee performance features headliner and internationally renowned comedian Mike Wilmot. He has won two Canadian Comedy Awards for best male stand-up and best actor for his work in “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.” Wilmot has also appeared on “Corner Gas,” “The Jon Dore Television Show,” British TV shows such as “Never Mind the Buzzcocks,” and alongside American comedian Rich Hall in the BBC television series “Rich Hall’s Fishing Show” and “Rich Hall’s Cattle Drive.” The gala also features performances from top touring headliners such as Fiona O’Brien, Zabrina Douglas and Ernie Vicente. The evening will be hosted by Niagara’s Joe Pillitteri.

Starts: 8 p.m.

Where: FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – 250 St. Paul St.

Tickets: $40