Maybe it’s not all that noteworthy to get a Netflix special, but they don’t just hand them out to any comic with footage, although sometimes it seems that way. Hamilton’s, suitably titled Happy Face, given his perpetual grin, happens to be one of the really good ones. That will come as no surprise if you’ve seen him in person at the Comedy MIX here over the years, or in one of his many late-night talk-show sets. But because of the special, not to mention recent performances with Jerry Seinfeld and Gad Elmaleh at Carnegie Hall, more fans are coming to know of this singular talent—and no doubt will turn out in droves at his two JFL NorthWest gigs. And if this is the first you’re hearing of him, get on it!
Ryan Hamilton is at the Rio Theatre Friday and Saturday (March 2 and 3) at 7 p.m.
Long-form storytelling of the highest—and funniest—order, as told, and lived, by comedians.
New this year
Awards shows can be tedious. Who really cares about best sound engineering? This brand-new event celebrates the weird, wacky, and wonderful in the world of Vancouver comedy at the Fox Cabaret on Monday night (March 5). Along with best album, breakout artist, and favourite comedy room, you get such categories as best dressed, biggest humble bragger, and most enlightening provocateur. Chosen by a panel of veteran comics and industry folks, the lucky winners will receive a Golden Kevin (JFL NorthWest’s owl mascot) and other stuff. The event is hosted by Graham Clark (who’s nominated in five categories, none of them best beard) and Talent Time’s Paul Anthony (shut out). (The latter is shown here.) You’ll never get this close to the nominees at the Oscars.