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Fans of the classic 2001 comedy Super Troopers can see their heroes from the Broken Lizard comedy troupe live and onstage in Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Just For Laughs Film Festival, landing in Vancouver as part of JFL NorthWest for the first time from March 1 to 10.
On March 10, Broken Lizard members Jay Chandrasekhar, Kevin Heffernan, and Steve Lemme will close the festival with a live standup performance at the Vogue Theatre, followed by a Q&A and an exclusive sneak peek at select scenes from Super Trooper 2, more than a month before its release on April 20. (Or Hitler’s 129th birthday, oddly enough.)
The festival offers two more special events:
From Comedy Central’s much-lauded series Corporate, Junior-Executives-in-Training Matt Ingebretson and Jake Weisman join series director Pat Bishop to host a two episode screening with Q&A at the Fox Cabaret on March 2, plus a preview of the season finale a good 12 days before it airs in Canada.
And on March 7, the Gentlemen Hecklers (Eric Fell, Patrick Maliha, and Shaun Stewart) take their regular seats at the Rio Theatre for their takedown of 2008’s Twilight.
This is a film festival, of course (official title: Feature This!), and as such:
Along with two showcases of shorts at the Rio Theatre on March 3, the VJFLFF premieres eight feature-length films in Vancouver, opening on March 1 with Steve Buscemi and Michael Palin in The Death of Stalin.
Fans of Alan Partridge, Thick of it, Veep, and a rather whopping proportion of Brit comedy from the last 30 years will appreciate that Armando Iannucci is the man behind the camera of this widely acclaimed film.
Closing the festival on March 10 is comedian Steve Byrne’s Always Amazing, starring Johnathan Szeles, Joel Osborn, David Copperfield, and Penn Gillette.
Among the other screenings is a rare chance to catch NBC’s legendary 1963 portrait of Shelley Berman, Comedian Backstage.
For more—including info on a comedy screenwriters panel and a forum on local filmmaking featuring Mina Shum (Meditation Park) and Matthew Kowalchuk (Lawrence & Holloman), go here.
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