We’re Doing A Festival!

Published: October 12, 2019

A new festival in the Forest City is bringing comedy to the forefront for 4 days this November 7-10th.

London Laughs is London's premiere comedy festival and comes from the collaboration of local nonprofit organization Shut the Front Door Improv and local Comedian/Producer Pat Tiffin. The festival is an effort to bring all branches of comedy in the city together for a celebration of community, collaboration and comedy. The four day festival will feature shows at various venues in the city, including The Rec Room, London Music Club, and the headlining event at Wolf Performance Hall.

The headlining event, presented by Powerhouse Brewery and Shut The Front Door improv “One Last Rip” will be the final improv performance for local radio personality and mainstay performer Jim Kelly and original cast member Kathleen Jackson. As Jim and Kathleen are moving on to new creative endeavors after 8 years, the group is giving them both a farewell performance in the 369 seat theatre in the heart of downtown London. The show will include performances by current and past troupe members of STFD, and will revisit some of the iconic moments in Jim and Kathleen's 8 year tenure. Shut The Front Door's WHODUNNIT! muder mystery improv show offers a suspense filled night of laughter at the London Music Club the night before.

The festival also includes two shows at The Rec Room, the eats & entertainment centre that opened last year at North London's Masonville Mall. The shows at this unique venue will kick off the weekend with a variety show “The Rule of Three” made up of standup comedy, Shut the Front Door Improv, and the Western Comedy Club; ending the weekend with a standup spectacular featuring a must see lineup of local standup comedians.

“After years of talking and planning we are so excited to bring a premiere comedy festival to London” says Brandon Rudd, Executive Director of Shut the Front Door Improv. “It's a celebration of comedy and talent in our city and we hope this will help further solidify London as a hotspot for comedy.” A portion of the proceeds from London Laughs will go towards supporting programming at Crouch Neighbourhood Resource Centre, who help to provide local youth with essential services in our community.