Returning for its second consecutive year, JFL NorthWest will once again bring plenty of laughs to comedy fans in 2017, announcing big names like Trevor Noah and Sarah Silverman in its lineup.
The comedy festival first hit Vancouver in the winter of 2016 after the NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs joined forces to bring the city a larger and more diverse event.
Next year’s roster includes an impressive list of headliners, with big names like Noah, Silverman, Tom Segura, Chris D’Elia, Brian Posehn, Iliza Shlesinger, Jon Dore, Nate Bargatze, K. Trevor Wilson, and Barry Crimmins, among others.
A number of additional showcase-style productions will bolster the lineup.
The festival will also highlight local talent with its returning “Best of the West Series”, which will include Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw With Me, Cords Comedy, Eight ½ Inches of Comedy, The Hero Show, and more.
You'll recognize headliner Silverman, an Emmy-winning actress, creator, writer, producer, comedian, and author from The Sarah Silverman Program, The Book of Henry, The Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Stopping, or the acclaimed Showtime series Masters of Sex. Her memoir The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee was a New York Times bestseller. Silverman will seek to wet the pants of audience members at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 25 at 7 p.m.
After his takeover of Jon Stewart’s position at the Daily Show, Trevor Noah quickly became one of North America’s most popular comedians. His one-hour standup special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, recently debuted on Comedy Central. Noah will hit the stage at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 23 at 7 p.m.
The Alternative Show returns to the Rio Theatre on February 24 and 25, with this year’s iteration featuring Andy Kindler and an unnamed lineup of all-star alt-comedy favourites.
Other shows will include:
- Chris D’Elia: February 24 at the Vogue, 7 p.m.
- Iliza Shlesinger: February 17 at the Vogue, 7p.m.
- Tom Segura: February 25 at the Vogue, 7 p.m.
- Game Grumps Live!: February 17 a the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 8 p.m.
- Piff the Magic Dragon: February 18 at the Vogue, 7 p.m.
- My Favourite Murder: February 18 at the Vogue, 7 p.m.
- Brian Posehn: February 16 to February 18 at the Comedy Mix (various times)
- Fortune Feimster: February 17 at Biltmore Cabaret, 7 p.m.
- Jon Dore: February 24 and February 25 at the Comedy Mix (various times)
- Nate Bargate: February 18 at Biltmore Cabaret, 7 p.m.
- Aparna Nancherla: February 25 at Biltmore Cabaret, 7 p.m.
- K. Trevor Wilson: February 16 to February 18 at Yuk Yuk’s (various times)
- Barry Crimmins: February 23 at Biltmore Cabaret, 7 p.m.
- Stop Podcasting Yourself: February 23 at Biltmore Cabaret, 9:30 p.m.
- Comedy Short Shorts: February 18 at Rio Theatre, 4:30 p.m.
- Just For Laughs Showcase: February 21 at Biltmore Cabaret, 7 p.m., February 22 at Yuk Yuk’s, 8 p.m.
Tickets for all shows will be on sale as of December 2 at 10 a.m.
For more info about JFL NorthWest, click here.