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What’s On (Edmonton): Grindstone Comedy Festival

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What’s On (Edmonton): Grindstone Comedy Festival

Grindstone Comedy Festival - July 21-25

Big news! The Second Annual Grindstone Comedy Festival is happening!

We are so excited to announce our first major event of the summer happening from Wednesday, July 21st – Sunday, July 25th located at The Grindstone (10019 81 Ave NW). This year, the Grindstone is proud to be presenting from two venues; The Grindstone Comedy Theatre and The Howl & Roar Outdoor Stage.

Performances from major Canadian comedy headliners such as Jon Dore (The Jon Dore Television Show), Chris Locke (Baroness Von Sketch), Adrienne Fish (JFL, Sirius XM ‘Canada Laughs’), Andrea Jin (JFLNW ‘Best of the West’, SiriusXM’s Top Comic) and Ryan Williams (JFL 42, JFL Northwest’s Best of the West). Local favorites such as Edmonton Fringe legends Mark Meer & Ron Pederson (Gordon’s Big Bald Head, MadTV, Second City) Charles Haycock (Winnipeg & Halifax Comedy Festival), Marv n’ Berry (Rapid Fire Theatre), Girl Brain (Toronto Sketchfest) and Grindstone’s very own improvised musical, The Eleven O’Clock Number.

Leading up to the festival, we will be finishing the Stand-up Stand-off Competition that was paused due to Covid-19. The competition will pick up again on July 7th at 9:00pm and come to a close on July 21 at 9pm. The winner of the competition will get a spot in the festival opening up for our major headliners, and a cash prize of $1000 will be split between the top 3 contestants.

Tickets are available for purchase either online at or at The Grindstone’s Box Office (Wednesday – Friday 5pm-11pm, Saturday 2pm-11pm)

About The Grindstone:

Built by brothers Byron Martin (Artistic Director) and Joses Martin (General Manager). The Grindstone was voted Edmonton’s best comedy club 2018 by Vue weekly, The Grindstone Comedy Theatre & Bistro is an intimate 84 seat theatre and licensed restaurant. The venue is home to over thirty local independent artists/producers with fourteen shows per week.

Questions? Contact Jocelyn Anselmo at

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