Looking to see some comedy this week? The Straight’s got you covered. Here are funny events happening in or around Vancouver from February 22 to 28.
When and where: February 22 at Yagger's Restaurant & Sports Bar at 8:30 p.m.
What to expect: Looking for a fun night out on a Monday night in Kitsilano? Then come on down to Yagger's Kitsilano for another great night of free Stand Up Comedy featuring some of the best comedians currently working on the Vancouver Comedy Scene. James Kennedy headlining.
When and where: February 23-27 at the Comedy MIX Tuesday-Thursday at 8:30 p.m., Friday & Saturday 8:00 and 10:30 p.m. shows.
What to expect: Plant yourself in a plush booth, graze on some pub grub, sip a beer or two, and laugh along with some new and hot stand-up comedy. Oh, by the way, nobody else is responsible if you laugh so hard beer comes out of your nose. Just warning you. Young Guns of Comedy on February 23, Big Jay Oakerson headlines February 24 and Eddie Pepitone headlines February 25 as part of JFL Northwest. Triple header night on February 26.
Price: Varies on the night
When and where: February 23-24 at Rio Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
What to expect: Actress and comedian Janeane Garofalo has been an American institution since she burst on the scene in 1992. In addition to her many memorable and critically acclaimed roles in film and television, most recently including Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp”, Garofalo is an outspoken activist, spoken word performer, and stand-up comedy entertainer known and respected around the world. Part of JFL NorthWest.
When and where: February 23 at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: Just For Laughs showcase - Vancouver feature. The Just For Laughs big wigs are in town and they’re looking for the next big thing. Come check out the best of the best of your local comedians as they try to impress the ones with the wigs.
When and where: February 23-27 at Yuk Yuk's Comedy Club Tuesday-Thursday at 8:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. shows.
What to expect: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver comedy club provides the best live comedy in the city of Vancouver. Located on Cambie St and W 12th Ave our Vancouver comedy club gives live stand-up comedy a new meaning in Vancouver attractions. Todd Barry headlines Friday and Saturday as part of JFL Northwest.
Price: Varies on the night
When and where: February 24 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 7:00 p.m.
What to expect: Wanda Sykes has been called “one of the funniest stand-up comics” by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly’s 25 Funniest People in America. She is an American Comedy Award recipient, a 5-time Emmy Award winner, and the recipient of a GLAAD award for promoting a good image of equal rights for gays and lesbians.
When and where: February 17 at Biltmore Cabaret at 8:30 p.m.
What to expect: Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who has been called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today” by The New York Times. His debut stand-up album, Waiting For 2042, was released in 2014 and he is currently NYU’s APA Institute’s Artist-in-Residence for the 2015-2016 academic year. Part of JFL NorthWest.
When and where: February 25-27 at Rio Theatre at 9:30 p.m.
What to expect: Five nights of nasty! One of JFL’s longest running institutions at the Montreal Festival is making its way to Vancouver. The Nasty Show is the most raw, shocking, foul, filthy comedy show of the Festival. Consider yourself warned! Hosted by The Pitbull of Comedy, Bobby Slayton, The Nasty Show features Kurt Metzger, Big Jay Oakerson, Kathleen McGee, and Tony Hinchcliffe. Part of JFL NorthWest.
When and where: February 24 at Seven Dining Lounge at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: Have you ever wanted to try stand-up comedy? This open mic is very receptive to new comics. Bring some friends and make a night of it!
When and where: February 26-27 at Biltmore Cabaret at 7:00 p.m. on Feb 26 and 9:30 p.m. on Feb 27
What to expect: Kyle's new special I Liked His Old Stuff Better debuted on Comedy Central in January 2015. He has made appearances on “@midnight”, “Conan” and “Workaholics”, and can be heard as the voice of Comedy Central. Kinane’s first one-hour special, Whiskey Icarus, aired on Comedy Central in 2012. Held at JFL NorthWest.
When and where: February 26 at Vogue Theatreat 7:00 p.m.
What to expect: Jeremy Hotz, Canada’s favourite curmudgeon, returns to British Columbia with his International Man of Misery Tour. Fighting his way across the frozen tundra and battling the evil elements, Jeremy Hotz will pit his wits against the harsh Canadian winter during his all-new stand-up show.
Price: $45.50 (plus service charges and fees) at www.ticketfly.com/
When and where: Feb 18-27 at Various venues
What to expect: The inaugural edition of this comedy festival presents performances by headlining talent Trevor Noah, Wanda Sykes, Lewis Black, Miranda Sings, Jeremy Hotz, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Ron Funches, Todd Barry, Kyle Kinane, Hasan Minhaj, Nick Thune, This Is That Live, Hari Kondabolu, and the Nasty Show With Bobby Slayton, Big Jay Oakerson, and Kurt Metzger. New this year is a local-talent showcase featuring Instagraham, Hip.Bang!, 10 Speed, the Hero Show, Sidekicks, Phantom Signal, the Ryan and Amy Show, Kyle Bottom's Comedy Bucket, Alicia Tobin's Come Draw With Me, Jokes Please!, Teenage Dirtbag, Kings Head Comedy, and Vancouverite.
When and where: February 28 at 12 Kings pub at 9:00 p.m.
What to expect: Open mic comedy featuring some of the most comedians in Vancouver. Seasoned vets. Bright eyed newbies. Joke contest. Roast the host challenge. Food specials. Drink specials. You're special. Hosted by Jonny Paul.
When and where: February 24-28 at The Improv Centre. Times listed below.
What to expect: Some of the world's most daring and innovative improv. Improv After Dark (every Fri and Sat, 11:15 p.m.); Off Leash (every Wed and Thu, 9:15 p.m.); Rookie Night (every Sun, 7:30 p.m.); TheatreSports (every Wed, Thu, Fri, and Sat, 7:30 p.m.; every Fri and Sat, 9:30 p.m.)
When and where: February 23 at the Café Deux Soleils at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: The Fictionals team-up with members of Cloudscape Comics for a special Improv X Comics at Cafe Deux Soleils! Everyone is invited to come sketch the comedy happening onstage. The comedians will in turn be inspired by your drawings to create new scenes. All ages and skill levels welcome!
When and where: To February 27 at Granville Island Stage at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: Designed and directed by Camilo the Magician, Supernatural is Camilo's latest magic show and the start of his 8th season of unique magic shows. After a successful season in 2015 that brought Camilo's shows to Vancouver and Bogota, Colombia, he is returning to The Granville Island Stage with his latest offering: SUPERNATURAL During this magic show, you will get to watch Camilo's outstanding and original magic illusions, along with his unique sense of humour and sleek sleight of hand.
When and where: February 22 at Fox Cabaret at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: Tales Too Terrifying to Take Seriously. Comedy-Horror Radio performed live on stage. An homage to creaky old radio anthologies of yesteryear – a blend of old-school horror and new-school humor, designed to entertain and/or eat you. Two brand new spine-tingling, narratively awkward stories each month, performed by a top-drawer cast with live music.
When and where: February 23 at The Emerald at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: We're having a show party and you wanna be there, and we're cooking up so much new stuff, you'll fall in love with us all over again.
Price: $10 cash at door
When and where: February 25 at Maury Young Arts Centre, 4335 Blackcomb Way, Whistler at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: In This is That: Live!, Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring will offer audiences an intimate look behind the studio door of their award-winning satirical radio show. If you have ever been curious how just two guys provide all the voices for this completely improvised radio comedy, well, this is the show for you.
When and where: February 25 at Fox Cabaret at 8:00 p.m.
What to expect: Teen Angst Night is a comedic reading series where people share their embarrassing old journals, poems, songs, essays, and more. This is guaranteed to be a great show featuring some of the most memorable readers of the last few years.