9 shows to attend for sure laughs at JFL NorthWest

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      We can’t list every show or artist. Impossible. The JFL NorthWest comedy festival is just too damn big. You’re going to have to check out the full lineup at its website, on a computer near you. But here are some acts worth checking out.

      Hasan Minhaj

      (February 20 at the Rio Theatre)

      Senior Daily Show correspondent Minhaj hits town the day after his more famous boss, Trevor Noah.

      Miranda Sings

      (February 20 at the Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts)

      Does YouTube translate to the stage? Can 60 million views be wrong? Find out with Colleen Evans’s talentless narcissist character Miranda Sings. Haters back off!

      Phantom Signal

      (February 22 at the Fox Cabaret)

      Old-timey horror radio played for laughs, with a special-guest performer.

      10 Speed

      (February 24 at the Improv Centre on Granville Island)

      Ten-minute sets from the best improvisers in the land: Vancouver TheatreSports League, the Sunday Service, Hip.Bang!, Matterhorn, and Little Mountain Improv.

      Wanda Sykes

      (February 24 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre)

      She was once chastised on-air by Bill Cosby. We know who ultimately won that battle. Her act today explores being a black woman married to a French woman raising two white kids.

      Eddie Pepitone

      (February 25 at the Comedy MIX)

      The man was born to rant, elevating it to an art form, directing it both inward and outward.

      The Hero Show

      (February 25 at the China Cloud)

      A mainstay on the local scene, this is solo sketch involving various comedic artists and disciplines.

      Todd Barry

      (February 25 to 27 at Yuk Yuk’s)

      One man, three different shows. Barry records an episode of his podcast on Thursday, delivers a headlining set of prepared material in Friday and Saturday early shows, then does all crowd work during the late shows.

      Michael Che

      (February 27 at the Biltmore Cabaret)

      Let’s see how funny he is out from behind the Weekend Update desk on Saturday Night Live.