JFL NorthWest rebrands as Just For Laughs VANCOUVER

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      JFL NorthWest--the annual comedy festival that has kept Vancouver in stitches for five years (before the pandemic wrecked the party)--has announced that it's coming back strong in 2022 with a new name and a killer lineup of comedians.

      The new moniker is Just For Laughs VANCOUVER, and it will run from February 15 to 27 at various Vancouver venues.

      The schedule includes performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre by John Mulaney (February 15), Ronny Chieng (February 25), and Andrew Schulz (February 26); and shows at the Vogue by Andrew Santino (February 17), Deon Cole (February 18), Bob the Drag Queen (February 20), Nicole Byer (February 24), Maria Bamford (February 25), Marc Maron (February 26), and Ari Shaffir (February 27).

      Other highlights include appearances at the Rio Theatre by Dana Gould (February 17), Michael Kosta (February 19), and Janeane Garofalo (February 25 and 26); and presentations at the Biltmore Cabaret by Gavin Matts (February 17), Atsuko Okatsuka (February 25), and James Adomian (February 26).

      Andrew Schulz performs at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on February 26.

      The biggest JFLV event will be the previously announced standup gig by Trevor Noah, who brings his Back to Abnormal Tour to Rogers Arena on February 26.

      Best of the West, presented by SiriusXM, will highlight local talent through such shows as Comedy Bucket, Comedy Hour, Comedy Pants, Comedy World, Coupon Book, Full Pint, Havana Moon Comedy, Joke Fight, Ola Dada’s Black Out Comedy, Soda Fountain, Sunday Night Stand Up Comedy, The Hero Show, The Scrawny Show, Vancouver Special, and David and Ken: Comedy with Music!

      Additional standup performances, live podcast recordings, improv, and sketch-comedy shows will be revealed in the coming weeks.

      For the full schedule to date visit the Just For Laughs VANCOUVER website here.