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10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in May

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Daniel Chai Apr 26, 2018 8:00 am 1,033

May is a great month for comedy fans! From Mother’s Day to Colin Mochrie, here is our list of 10 fun comedy events in Vancouver this May. Get your laugh on!

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

The Anxiety Show

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Image: Megan Phillips

  • What: Each episode of The Anxiety Show features storytelling, standup, and variety-style comedy on a different mental health issue (or trigger) by booked comedians and open mic participants. The show has toured Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver, and is making its 2018 debut with a F**k Mother’s Day special. Hosted by Megan Phillips.
  • When: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Cottage Bistro – 4468 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$13

GAYlarious Comedy Fundraiser

  • What: An evening of comedy to support New West Pride Society. Hosted by Jennifer Robertson, featuring Erin Jeffery, Travis Ketler, Julia Stretch, the Snatch Game, and headliner Darcy Michael. 
  • When: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
  • Time: 6:30 to 9 pm
  • Where: Lafflines Comedy Club – 530 Columbia St, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $40

Hollywood Babble-On

  • What: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman take a twisted look at showbiz news and bite the Hollywood hand that feeds them. Sometimes, they feel bad and give Hollywood a tetanus shot and some Neosporin, but, even then, they usually just turn around and bite Hollywood’s other hand. They can’t help it. It’s their nature.
  • When: Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Commodore Ballroom – 868 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $59.50

Mom’s Best: A Night Of Storytelling

  • What: A night of stories to celebrate mothers. Hosted by Jo Dworschak and featuring Beverley Elliott, Emelia Symington Fedy, Maia Gibb, Syd Bosel, Nic Enright-Morin, and Randy Myers. Partial proceeds will go to The Chrysalis Society
  • When: Sunday, May 13, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: the Kino – 3456 Cambie Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Improv Against Humanity: Marvelous May

  • What: The Fictionals want to help you live your best life. That’s why everyone is invited to the Rio Theatre for Improv Against Humanity: Marvelous May. Hilarious comedy, epic prizes to be won, and the coronation of the new Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. It could be you.
  • When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

Talent Time: Fundraising Party & Screening

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Talent Time (Paul Anthony)

  • What: A Talent Time party with a screening of the 10 Year Polka Party episode, live performances, silent auction, and music by show-runners Ace Martens and Paul Anthony. The event will help raise funds for the hopeful relaunch of the show in September.
  • When: Saturday, May 19, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: China Cloud Gallery – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Admission$5-$10 sliding scale

Jimmy Carr

  • What: Jimmy Carr has been on the stand-up scene for a decade and a half. In that time he’s performed nine sell-out tours, playing nearly 2,000 shows to over two million people across four continents including performing at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Festival 12 times. He’s won the British Comedy Award for “Best Live Stand-Up Tour” and been nominated for the Perrier Award.
  • When: Sunday, May 20, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $55.50

Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cabaret

  • What: This night of fun will feature a wide range of variety acts – including drag, burlesque, circus arts, magic, and comedy – which are all inspired by their own special secret scent. During the show, the audience will unlock these smells with their own Scratch ‘n’ Sniff sheet. The Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Cabaret will also act as a major fundraiser for Sex Workers United Against Violence, a local institution that has sought to keep sex workers empowered and safe.
  • When: Thursday, May 24, 2018
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $25-$35

Colin Mochrie with Vancouver TheatreSports

  • What: Canadian comedy icon Colin Mochrie, Vancouver TheatreSports alumnus, and star of Whose Line is it Anyway, returns this May for three laugh-packed performances to benefit VTS and the Colin Mochrie Scholarship Fund. Includes two shows at The Improv Centre and a performance at the Vogue Theatre.
  • When: Thursday, May 24 and Saturday, May 26, 2018 (The Improv Centre), Friday, May 25, 2018 (Vogue Theatre)
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver, Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online

Middleditch and Schwartz

  • What: Thomas Middleditch from Silicon Valley and Ben Schwartz from Parks and Recreation and House Of Lies will be performing their two-person long-form improv show.
  • When: Thursday, May 31, 2018
  • Time: 7 pm
  • Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $45.50
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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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