March 25, 2012

Andrew Lizotte / Dean Jenkinson / Al Rae

Winnipeg Comedy Festival Preview
March 31, 8:00 pm in Prairie Ink Restaurant, 1120 Grant Ave.
For reservations please contact Prairie Ink Restaurant at 975-2659.

Andrew Lizotte began performing six years ago and has already been on the road through Yuk-Yuk’s and for the Winnipeg Comedy Festival. In 2008 he was a semi-finalist at Winnipeg’s Just For Laughs Home Grown Comedy Competition and won the 2011 Winnipeg Gone Wacky. 

A trained actor, Andrew also studied improv for many years under the troupe Crumbs, and at the Chicago Improv Olympic. As a writer, his radio work was recognized as Best New Drama. He is a member of The Manitoba Association of Playwrights board of directors, and has a work, The Getaway, debuting at the 2012 Winnipeg Fringe Festival. 

Since starting over a decade ago, Dean Jenkinson has gone on to do appearances on The Comedy Network’s Comedy at Club 54, CBC’s COMICS! and Global’s Comedy on Stage.  CBC news viewers recognize Dean from his award winning satirical commentaries on shows like Canada Now and Saturday Report. His 1998 play How Do You Know When You’re Done, co-starring Al Rae, was named among the Top Ten at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He currently writes for This Hour Has 22 Minutes. 

Al Rae is a Winnipeg stand-up comic and comedy writer. He is the winner of the Just for Laughs National Homegrown Comic Competition 2000. Al was a writer on the sitcoms Blackfly and Big Sound. He has hosted two comedy information shows for CBC Radio, That’s Capital about finance and Spin Off, an election satire show. His twenty part comedy drama series Monsoon House with Russell Peters aired on CBC Radio in 2006.  He is the winner of an Italian Prix Roma Screenwriting Prize and a Gemini Award and nomination for Little Mosque on the Prairie.

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