Red Deer’s Bull Skit Comedy is kicking off a new season with Sketchfest!, a three-day festival that will feature sketch and music from all over.
The event runs from Sept. 24th-26th at 7:30 p.m. at the Scott Block Theatre (4816 50th Ave.) Each night of the festival will feature a different group. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting at 7:30 p.m. nightly. There will also be a cash bar on site.
Sketchfest! will see 10 groups from across Alberta perform. The goal is to celebrate the province’s sketch comedy scene over three days, said Jenna Goldade, artistic director of Bull Skit Comedy. Troupes from Edmonton, Calgary and Red Deer will showcase their sketch abilities.
Groups attending include The Debutantes from Edmonton, The Late, Late Breakfast Show from Calgary, the Kinkonauts from Calgary, .38 Delight from Los Angeles, Strapping Young Lads from Red Deer, Bull Skit Comedy from Red Deer, Home School Crush from Calgary and OxeeMorons from Red Deer with musical guests The Dirrty Show each night at 10 p.m.
“This is the first time an event like this has happened in Alberta, so we are super excited. I think it’s a really cool thing to bring to Alberta because there are a ton of sketch groups that people don’t know about. We have a lot of good comedy happening here so we might as well highlight it,” said Goldade. “Each night is completely different – each night has a different sketch group with a different themed competition. Each night you’ll get to see every single sketch group but each night we highlight a different group from a different part of Alberta or L.A., so people will get a taste of various types of comedy and the styles of the groups.”
Goldade said Bull Skit Comedy wanted to plan the three-day festival in conjunction with Alberta Culture Days which runs Sept. 25th-27th across the province.
“We wanted to plan it during Alberta Culture Days because it is bringing awareness to arts in Red Deer and also why not have a big festival when we have Alberta Culture Days going on?”
Tickets for the festival are available in advance online at www.bullskitcomedy.com. A day pass ($15) and a three-day festival pass ($30) are available online only.
Tickets are also available at the door – a day pass is $20 or three-day festival pass is $40.
Sketchfest! may contain mature language and adult themes.