WE'RE FUNNY THAT WAY will kick off with the "Gayla Gala" on May 3, 2017 at Acqua Dolce Resto, with a signature, big ticket variety show featuring fabulous performers who will appear at the Festival
throughout the week including Lea DeLaria and Maggie Cassella, David Benjamin Tomlinson, Gavin
Crawford, Alec Mapa, Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung. On auction at the gala will be a 30-minute Skype session with musician, producer and actor Debbie Gibson, a longtime supporter of the LGBTQ community.
The current WE'RE FUNNY THAT WAY line-up features appearances by David Benjamin Tomlinson (Blind Date), Amir Brandon (PANAMANIA), Maggie Cassella, Martha Chaves (Just for Laughs), Gavin Crawford (Because News), Lea DeLaria (Orange is the New Black), Johnny B Goode, Ryan Graham Hinds, Mike
Hunt-Black, Ivory, Sam Jay (Comedy Central), Belle Jumelles, Aastha Lal (Goodness & Giggles), Alec Mapa (Ugly Betty), Heroine Marks, Chantel Marostica (Just For Laughs), Areta Marshall, Deb McGrath (Little Mosque on the Prairie), Kali Mirchi, Colin Mochrie (Whose Line Is It Anyway?), Teresa Pavlinek (The Jane Show), Kaleb Robertson, Lucas Silveira (The Cliks), Slanty Eyed Mama (Kate Rigg and Lyris Hung), Fay Slift, Shohsana Sperling (The Monkey Bunch), and Stephen Wallem (Nurse Jackie).
Founded in 1997 by comedian, actress and producer Maggie Cassella, WE'RE FUNNY THAT WAY has hosted top talent at the Festival all while also acting as a fundraiser for queer charities across Canada. Proceeds from the 2017 Festival will go to the We're Funny That Way Foundation, which will make their charitable donation to Toby's Place to help create a new safe space for LGBTQ+ Youth in Scarborough, Ontario.
Wednesday, May 3 - Saturday, May 6, 2017 - Acqua Dolce Resto Venue, 50 Prince Edward Island Crescent Alumnae Theatre Company, 70 Berkeley Street. Full Schedule: werefunnythatway.org/schedule.
Tickets: Gayla Gala: $300 (tax receipts available) - Festival Tickets: $50, $20, $10