GALA NIGHT – Saturday, September 20th


Sanderson Centre


We’re very excited to have JEREMY HOTZ headline the 5th Annual Brantford Comedy Festival!

One of the most unique stand-up comics working today, Canadian born Jeremy Hotz has quickly become a proven international success. With stellar performances at the Montreal Comedy Festival: Just For Laughs and his sold out Canadian theater tour “What A Miserable Tour This Is….”, as well as performances all over the United States, Europe and Australia, Jeremy continues to grab audiences with his completely original and confused, yet very astute, observational comedy.

If you’re only attending one show, this is the one that you don’t want to miss!


NEW to this year’s festival is our Ultimate Fan Pass which gives you a few extra perks to take your Gala experience to the next level.  Limited Ultimate Fan Passes available, don’t sleep on it.

Ultimate Fan Passes are limited and available for $99 (tax not included)
General Reserved Seating is also available for $55 (tax not included)


“Every year we try to raise the bar. Honestly, I’m not sure how we’re going to beat this years fest. Booking Jeremy Hotz as the headliner was my goal since I started this festival back in 2010. To say I’m excited he’s coming would be a huge understatement, I’m as giddy as a teenager getting a new iPhone (that the parents are paying for, of course!)”

- Jamie Stephens
Director, Brantford Comedy Festival

RISING STARS FINALE – Friday, September 19th




Each and every year, over 200 comedians apply to our Rising Star Contest.
We select 20 of them to compete.

At our Rising Stars Finale, you’ll get to see the Top 8 comedians from our contest compete for a chance to open our Gala show on Saturday.  This is a huge opportunity for the winning comedians, not only will they take the stage in front of a packed house at the gala, but they can also add “Opened for Jeremy Hotz” to their growing resume.

Not only will you be treated to a great show from our contestants, you’ll also be treated to a special guest headliner — you just never know who might show up.

Tickets are $15/each or you can reserve a full table of 10 for $150 and sit together.
Limited tables available.




Every year over 200 comedians apply for our Rising Stars Contest.  Only 1 of them will earn the chance to open for Jeremy Hotz and this will be their view.

Local Comedy Show – Thursday, September 18th



Did you know that Brantford has a growing comedy scene?  We do!  Local comedian Alex Aucoin has been running an Open Mic night at the Station Coffee House for a year now and it continues to grow.  We’ve all told at least one friend “You should be a comedian”, finally Brantford has a place for those people to try their hand at it.  We’re impressed with what Alex has created at the Station that we’ve asked him to showcase some of Brantford’s best amateur comedians for our fans to check out.

The Station Coffee House offers limited seating, so come out and grab your seat and check out the local comedy scene.

This show is FREE.  Limited seating available.

If you’d like to check out the weekly show put on by Alex and the Station, click here for their Facebook page and give them a like.  Support local comedy and help the scene grow.

About The Festival

jamieThe Brantford Comedy Festival, founded in 2010 by local entrepreneur Jamie Stephens, has become a world-class entertainment event bringing some of the biggest names in comedy to Brantford.  The 2014 Festival features four signature events; The Rising Star Competition, The Rising Star FInale, The Gala Evening held at the Sanderson Centre for Performing Arts and the newly added VIP After-Party.

The Festival is known for introducing new and hidden gems in Canadian talent.  The Rising Star Competition offers 20 amateur comedians the opportunity to compete for the privilege to perform as the Opening Act for the Gala Evening.  Eight finalists compete at the Rising Star Finale in front of an audience of 300 people and includes a professional special-guest headliner.

The Gala Evening held at the Sanderson Centre is consistently a SOLD OUT event with a crowd of 1,125.  This premier event has welcome some of the best Canadian comedians to Brantford including Jon Dore, Debra Digiovanni, Tom Green, Sean Cullen, Nikki Payne, Derek Edwards and most recently, Debra McGrath and Colin Mochrie.

Our VIP After-Party will feature a meet and greet with the comedians from our Gala Evening.  Scheduled to take place immediately following the show, this exclusive event will allow our guests to meet, mingle and socialize with all of the Gala night performers including headliner Jeremy Hotz!

Entering into it’s fifth year, the Brantford Comedy Festival has partnered with the Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) Foundation for the 2014 Festival.  This will allow the Brantford Community Festival to continue to grow while giving more back to the community.




ladyThe Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) is dedicated to providing exemplary care to the citizens of our community.

The Brantford General is a 250+ bed, acute care facility, providing all of Brantford and Brant County’s specialty programs and services for our 120,000+ residents.  The Willett, Paris is a multiservice healthcare centre with a daily Urgent Care department as well as a state-of-the-art Diagnostic Imaging Service.

The Brant Community Healthcare System is a regional centre for Paediatrics, Mental Health, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, CT Scanning, Critical Care, Surgical Services, Ambulatory Care and Emergency Medicine.  We are also the site of the Brant Community Cancer Clinic and the SC Johnson Dialysis Clinic for patients throughout Brant County and Haldimand-Norfolk.

We have more than 175 physicians and 26 members of the department of Dentistry using our facilities.  In addition, we employ over 1250 highly trained staff and have more than 500 dedicated volunteers at our sites.

The BCHS has a strong culture of caring and now we are focusing on innovation, learning and technology to help us care for and serve you better.

The Brantford Comedy Festival is proud to be partnered with the Brant Community Healthcare System Foundation.


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If you’re purchasing Ultimate Fan Passes, please ensure you select “Ultimate Fan Pass” when selecting your tickets.Please note:  Prices do not include Taxes or Service Fees.

Ultimate Fan Pass Holders will be contacted prior to the show with Meet & Greet Party Details.
Souvenir Lanyard & Ticket will be given the night of the show to Ultimate Fan Pass holders.

Our Ultimate Fan Passes include a Meet & Greet After Party with our comedians.  If you want the full VIP experience, consider an upgrade to our Ultimate Fan Pass.  Buy now for $99+tax.  Only a Limited number of tickets are available.



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