Brad Wheeler/ The Globe and Mail 


Have you ever noticed CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud often features performances from the Winnipeg Comedy Festival? It’s no fluke – the decision makers at the publicly funded corporation don’t set up their microphones willy-nilly. The knee-slaps at the annual laugh fest are caused by Canadians, and while the bill has well-known wits this year such as Dave Foley, Steve Patterson, Emma Hunter and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee from Kim’s Convenience, the event’s funniest people are often the ones lesser known and on the rise. April 9 to 15, at various Winnipeg venues.