Comedy duo and homegrown Hollywood stars Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are returning to town as part of next month's Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival.
In an event called Kicking Back with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, February 15 at the Vogue, they'll take part in a conversation and retrospective of their considerable comedy oeuvre, including Superbad, Pineapple Express, The Interview, This is The End, 50/50, and Sausage Party.
The pair, who met in Bar Mitzvah school here, have ties to Vancouver that run deep: they named their production company, Point Grey Pictures, after their old high school, and their experiences there inspired their breakout hit, 2007's Superbad. And Rogen returned to town for his much-hyped recent gig as a TransLink spokesman. The pair earned a joint star on the Canada Walk of Fame last year.
The festival is timed to coincide with JFL NorthWest comedy fest, which runs February 14 to 23, and centres around panels, conversations, special presentations, and more.
On February 19, the fest presents actor, producer, writer, performer, and funnyman Ken Jeong at the Vancity Theatre. The Korean-American comic is perhaps best known as the scene-stealingly bizarre Mr. Chow in The Hangover; Goh Wye Mun, the wealthy and wacky Singaporean property and construction tycoon father in Crazy Rich Asians; and Greendale Community College's Ben Chang in Community.
The fest also features the local troupe called The Gentleman Hecklers--Eric Fell, Gina Harms, Patrick Maliha, and K.C Novak--riffing on the 2004 Ryan Gosling classic The Notebook on the eve of Valentine's Day (February 13) at the Rio Theatre.
Meanwhile the fest's screening series kicks off February 15 at the Vancity Theatre with the Canadian premiere of Family, by director Laura Steinel. Starring Taylor Schilling and Kate McKinnon, it tracks an emotionally-stunted aunt who's trying to connect with a 13-year-old niece, who wants to run away from home and become--wait for it--a juggalo.
The closing-night film is Never Be Done: The Richard Glenn Lett Story, seeing its local premiere February 20, and tracking the downward spiral of the celebrated local comedian into drugs and alcohol, and then back to sobriety. Both director Roy Tighe and Lett will be in attendance, with a special Q&A post screening.
Other films include Bernadette, Banana Split, Pork Pie, Thunder Road, I Killed My Husband, Sorry for Your Loss, and An Innocent Kiss.
Elsewhere, there are two short-film competitions: both the Comedy Short Shorts and World-Wide Shorts competitions will have their top three films voted on by a jury of industry judges, with the first-place winners from each showcase taking home a $1,000. The top films in each category will then go head-to-head for the grand prize: a screening slot at the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal this July.
Wannabe comedy filmmakers can take in a range of helpful panels, including It Starts With the Script: A Comedy Screenwriters Panel, February 15 at Vancity Theatre, with Mark Perez (Game Night, Accepted) and Paul W. Downs (Rough Night); The Comedy Pitch Showcase Presented by American High, February 16 at the same venue, with produceers Michael Schade and Will Phelps, as well as writer, director, and producer Jeremy Garelick; and Just One More Take: A Comedy Directors Panel, with Stella Meghie (The Weekend), Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer), and John Psathas (Bernadette).
There's much more on the roster, and more to be announced; go here for tickets and full schedule.