Just for Laughs Vancouver postpones February comedy fest due to Omicron restrictions

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      The Just for Laughs Vancouver comedy festival has announced that its February schedule is postponed because of provincial pandemic restrictions.

      On its website Friday morning (January 21), the festival posted a message that said,"In light of the ongoing provincial restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Just for Laughs Vancouver is postponing the upcoming 2022 festival."

      The only other information providied was a note that "festival ticket purchasers will be contacted directly with more information".

      A release sent out by the festival at 10 a.m. today contained the following quote from festival director Heather Wallace: "Providing an opportunity to gather together to share big laughs is what Just For Laughs VANCOUVER does best. We are grateful for our festival sponsors, venues, staff and artists who are a huge support in helping to make sure we’re back in 2022. We appreciate ticket purchasers’ patience while we work towards rescheduling as many shows as possible.”

      The bulletin also noted: "With the goal to maintain as much of the announced lineup as possible, the Festival encourages patrons to hold onto their tickets as further information regarding the new dates, and confirmed talent performing will be announced in the coming weeks."

      The Trevor Noah show set for Rogers Arena on February 26, Trevor Noah: Back To Abnormal World Tour, is going ahead, the release said, at the province's half-capacity pandemic restriction.

      A Twitter post asked people to "hold onto their tickets" and wait for further instructions.

      The festival, formerly known as the Just for Laughs Northwest Comedy Fest, was scheduled to run in Vancouver from February 15 to 27.