Josh Haddon Launches Border City Comedy Fest

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Border City Comedy Fest blends laughter with a cause, as top comedians battle it out on stage in the name of charity from July through September in Windsor, Ontario.

Border City Comedy Fest

Border City Comedy Fest

Canadian humorist Josh Haddon has announced that his inaugural Border City Comedy Fest will offer a $5000 prize pool for comedians from across the globe to battle for.

"It's like Last Comic Standing live, here in Windsor," he claims. Josh Haddon has teamed up with Windsor, Ontario, based charity Fools For Health. Proceeds from the event will benefit the charity, a Clown-Doctor Program. Fools For Health is an award winning, independent charitable organization dedicated to using the arts to promote health and well-being in hospitals, long-term care facilities, and seniors’ residences.

The Clown Doctor program uses therapeutic methods such as music, humor, improvisational play, and reminiscence to increase the quality of life amongst patients.

“Everyone at Fools for Health is extremely excited about this partnership with the Border City Comedy Fest. What Josh is crafting is an amazing initiative to promote Windsor and the comedy community. We are honored that he has selected us to be the featured charity,” said Jason Tang, Treasurer for Fools for Health.

The event will host 64 of the greatest comedians across North America, including eight of Windsor-Essex’s finest. Previously narrowed down from over 500 applicants, these comedians will battle it out for a chance to win their share of the prize pool worth $5000. Sponsors and partners for the event include the Windsor Star News Café, A&A Associates, and The Walkerville Brewery.

The generosity of the community has not gone unnoticed. Josh Haddon, the Founder of the Border City Comedy Fest and Comedy Quarry at Rockhead Pub, stated, “The support from local businesses to help bring this event to our great city has been amazing.”

The event will take place over the course of eight weeks, culminating in the grand finale on September 20th, 2014 at the Olde Walkerville Theatre on Wyandotte Street. This 800-seat theatre sets the stage for a perfect finale; both as a celebration of the incredible talent of the comedians who will take part in this event, and the long-standing history of quality events held at the theatre. Since its establishment in 1920, the Olde Walkerville Theatre has been the host to many grand performances, and the Border City Comedy Fest will be the latest addition to this list.

“Laughter is the best medicine, and we want to show Windsor and the Essex County community the importance of our program,” Mr. Haddon added.

Comedy Quarry at Rockhead Pub is located at 1444 Ottawa Street. The Border City Comedy Fest begins on Friday, July 11th, 2014, with eight stand-up comedians each week for a total of 17 shows. Preliminary tickets are available up to 72 hours prior to each event and are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. V.I.P. tickets are currently available and include V.I.P. seating to the finale on September 20th, and an invitation to the after party. To get more information on each performer or to purchase your tickets, visit

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