April is upon us. Get some laughs in with these 10 great Vancouver comedy events taking place this month.
Inspired by the popular HBO series, VTSL’s improvised parody Throne And Games – A Chance of Snow builds on its 2015 smash hit. Improvisers will go to ‘The Wall’ in a brand new production to battle for the fate of Westeros. Featuring a new scenario, new set, a surprising cast of characters, and more plot twists than a tornado.
When: April 7 to May 28, Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau Street)
Tickets: $10-22, available here
Noel Fielding, from The Mighty Boosh and Never Mind The Buzzcocks, brings his surreal stand-up to North America for the first time. Fielding retreats into the wilds of his imagination for a surreal – and utterly hilarious – night of comedy. An Evening with Noel Fielding is a mix of stand-up, animation and music with cheeky appearances from The Moon and Fantasy Man.
When: April 9 at 8 p.m.
Where: Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street)
Tickets: $40.50, available here
Widely considered to be one of Canada’s fastest rising comedy stars, Darcy Michael headlines The Comedy Mix April 7 to 9. Michael starred in CTV’s Spun Out alongside Dave Foley, is a two-time nominee for a Canadian Comedy Award, and has performed at festivals around the world. He is also recording his new album Family Highs on April 9.
When: April 7 at 8:30 p.m. April 8 to 9 at 8:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
Where: The Comedy Mix (1015 Burrard Street)
Tickets: $15-20, available here
Join co-hosts Chandler Levack & Ali Liebert as they bring Feminist Live Reads to The Rio Theatre with an all-star Vancouver cast including Kristin Lehman (Motive), Sara Canning (Vampire Diaries), Diana Bang (The Interview), and more. Performers will cold read Cameron Crowe’s classic Almost Famous, with all proceeds going to Girls Rock Camp Vancouver.
When: April 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway)
Tickets: $15, available here
From masterful British comedians James & Jamesy comes the immersive theatre event, High Tea. The Fringe Festival favourites and 13-time “Best-of-Fest” winners will sweep spectators out to sea in an aquatic escapade brimming with whimsy, action, and ingenuity. Bring a tea cup with you.
When: April 12 to 17 at 8 p.m.
Where: Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street)
Tickets: $25, available here
Featuring an all-star cast of Geekenders performers, The Force Is Shakin’ is a nerd-herding night for geeks of all types. As seen on Chris Hardwick’s @midnight, Geekenders deliver a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy and a galaxy far, far away.
When: April 15 to 16 and May 4 at 8 p.m.
Where: Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway )
Tickets: $20-25, available here
Vancouver’s stand-up community is banding together to help one of their own. Comedian Ryan Lachance needs to replace the lift he uses to get in and out of his wheelchair and into his dream machine every day and night. The fundraiser features performances by some of Canada’s top comedians.
When: April 17 at 8:00 p.m.
Where: Yuk Yuk’s (2837 Cambie Street )
Tickets: $10, available here
The Vancouver Comedy Company returns to wreak havoc at their new home The Beaumont Studios. Hosted by Brent Constantine and featuring a rotating line-up of stand-up comics each week.
When: Every Friday at 9 p.m. starting April 22
Where: The Beaumont Studios (316 West 5th Avenue)
Tickets: $5, more information here
A day of inspiring talks and performances, based on this year’s theme “Move”. East Vancouver has always been a centre for underground movements, be they social or arts based, and the diverse range of speakers, performers, and audience members will celebrate this dynamic spirit.
When: April 23 at 9 p.m.
Where: The York Theatre (639 Commercial Drive)
Tickets: $68-83, available here
Some of the funniest comics from the United States and Canada team-up for a special show at River Rock Casino. Featuring Dino Archie (2015 Seattle International Comedy Competition Winner, Graham Clark (HBO’s Funny as Hell), Dave Merheje (Just For Laughs Homegrown Winner) and Mike Blaustein (College Humor Tour).
When: April 30 at 8 p.m.
Where: River Rock Casino (8811 River Road, Richmond)
Tickets: $19.50, available here