Looking to see some comedy this week? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are 10 events happening in or around Vancouver from October 12 to 18.
When and where: October 13, doors 7 p.m., show 8:30 p.m. at Rio Theatre
What to expect: American author, actor, and humorist performs his one-man show Vacationland.
Price: $29.50 (plus service charges and fees)
When and where: October 18 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre
What to expect: American political satirist, writer, TV host, actor, and standup comedian known for hosting Politically Incorrect and Real Time.
Price: $49.50-99.50 (plus service charges and fees)
When and where: October 16, 8pm at the Rickshaw Theatre
What to expect: Eddie is a force of nature on stage, switching between social rage and self-doubt. His shows are an energetic combo of calm and chaos, blue-collar angst and sardonic enlightenment. Few comedians working today channel the power of the rant better than Eddie Pepitone.
When and where: October 15 to 17 at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club
What to expect: He is fast, funny and probably the best veteran of the North American funnyman circuit. In addition to his successful and well received live performances all over North America, Mike MacDonald has appeared in such TV shows as The Late Show with David Letterman and the Arsenio Hall Show. As the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer, MacDonald learned at an early age that humour would make him popular.
When and where: October 13 at 8 p.m. at Yuk Yuk's
What to expect: Check out Vancouver’s next top comics as they develop their craft. Tuesday night is a showcase of talented comics vying for the coveted weekend spots and a development ground for new material for the already seasoned comics.
When and where: October 14 from 7:30 to 10 p.m. at Lux Lounge
What to expect: This is it. The last night of the contest. See who will take home the $500 cash prize. With host Steve McGowan and headlining is the hilarious Kyle Bottom. Come down to watch then vote for your favourites. Featuring Ashlee Eff, Jamie Hrushowy, Marly Reed, Colin Lamb, Katie Burrell, Vishal Ramesh, and Heather Szilagyi.
When and where: Pro-am night on October 13. Comedy Showcase on October 14. Michael Kosta from October 15 to 17.
Price: Varies on the night
When and where: October 14 from 8 to 11 p.m. at Seven Dining Lounge
What to expect: Ever wanted to try standup comedy? Newbies, amateurs, and touring pros share the stage in one of the best comedy rooms in the city. A nice, relaxed atmosphere, drink specials and $5 appetizers. Comics sign up at 7:45 p.m.
When and where: October 13 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at Café Deux Soleils
What to expect: Some of Vancouver's finest improvisers battle head-to-head in the the Fictionals' comedy cage. Who will walk away with the VIFC title belt? You, the audience, decide the champions.
When and where: October 18 from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at The Improv Centre
What to expect: Vancouver TheatreSports League’s Rookie Night puts our young improvisers to the test in front of a hungry crowd. They may just be the future stars of tomorrow. These 90 minutes of improv will showcase the talent of these new players and prepare them for the bright lights of mainstage.
When and where: October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at The Emerald
What to expect: What makes a play so controversial that authorities ban it from the stage? That's exactly what we're exploring in our Lost Words series. Pi artistic associates Pippa Mackie and Jeff Gladstone have put together a great event, and you know you want to come. For this edition, we're going to explore everything that makes people so uncomfortable about sex on a stage. It’s going to be very sexy—and twisted.
When and where: October 13 at 8 p.m. at Guilt & Co.
What to expect: Sweet Munish, April O’Peel, and Sparkle Plenty along with the Gastown Cast are presenting their favourite acts and introducing new traditions. Expect to be wildly entertained for three exhilarating sets of belly dancers, drag performers, comedy, thrilling live stunts, contortionists, burlesque, and random hilariousness. Expect the bar to be raised at this show.
When and where: To October 14 at The Improv Centre
What to expect: Some of the world’s most daring and innovative improv. Improv After Dark (Friday and Saturday at 11:15 p.m.); Off Leash (Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.); Rookie Night (Sunday at 7:30 p.m.); TheatreSports (Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.).
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