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10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in October

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Daniel Chai Oct 03, 2017 6:17 pm 900

When the weather gets colder, the comedy gets hotter around Vancouver! From stand-up to improv to Stranger Things, here is our list of 10 hilarious comedy events in Vancouver this October.

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

Dirty Little Secrets

  • What: The one-year anniversary of Dirty Little Secrets. Watch a cast of Vancouver’s top improvisors in a night of exploring the audience’s anonymous secrets on the XY stage on Davie Street. 
  • When: October 3
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: XYYVR – 1216 Bute Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Vancouver TheatreSports League – Improv Wars

Improv Wars – The Laugh Jedi/Vancouver TheatreSports League

  • What: Drawing on the rich characters, locations, and themes of the Star Wars films, Vancouver TheatreSports’ improvised parody highlights the parallels between the skills of an improviser and those of a Jedi to determine who is truly Master of the Farce. To paraphrase Yoda – “Laugh. Or do not. There is no titter.”
  • When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Opens October 5
  • Time:  7:30 pm
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets:Online, $10.75-$24.25

Nick Offerman’s Full Bush Tour

  • What: Comedian, actor, and woodworker Nick Offerman is hitting up Vancouver this fall. The comic is best know for his role as ‘Ron Swanson’ on NBC’s hit comedy Parks & Recreation. He also starred in the Netflix special American Ham in 2014, and most recently toured with his wife Megan Mullally for their show Summer of 69: No Apostrophe.
  • When: October 5
  • Time: 9 pm
  • Where: Orpheum – 601 Smithe Street
  • Tickets: Starting at $39.50 – Tickets available via Live Nation

Vancouver International Improv Festival 2017

  • What: The 19th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival takes over Granville Island with over 40 unique performances at four venues, workshops, and more.
  • When: October 11 to 14
  • WherePerformance Works, Waterfront Theatre Revue Stage and The Improv Centre
  • TicketsOnline, $15 per show, $18 for evening pass, and $50 for festival pass

Novelty Act

  • What: Sara Bynoe and Riel Hahn present a night of comedy where anything can happen. Sara and Riel are known around Vancouver and across Canada as storytellers and actors, and bring their unique comedy duo to the CSA space. Make sure to arrive on time as they are punctual ladies.
  • When: October 13
  • Time: 7:30 pm
  • Where: CSA space – #5 2414 Main Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10

AbraCadaver Cabaret – Mythology

Abracadaver Cabaret

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  • What: The Abracadaver Cabaret is a collaboration of dancers, actors, magicians, visual artists, and poets who have come together because of their passion for horror. The show is hosted by Gidget Gravedigger, David Quast and Red Heartbreaker as the Fates and features burlesque performers Emma Eldritch, Melody Mangler and Amnesia Haze; magicians Travis Bernhardt and Aleister Crane; actors Duncan Shields and Jesse Inocalla; opera singer Rhin Kelly and Anathema Photography.
    Guaranteed to fill you with morbid delight, this show is not recommended for the faint of heart.
  • When: October 14
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Wise Hall – 1882 Adanac Street, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $18-$25

Improv Against Humanity: Paranormal Hilarity

  • What: Join The Fictionals and special guests for an early Halloween treat, complete with spooky prizes, mini-chocolate bars, a costume contest, and a horror-themed Improv Against Humanity.
  • When: October 18
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $12

3rd Annual Ghost Story Slam

  • What: Ten performers will take the stage on the frightful night to conjure up tales designed to put shivers in your bones and spiders in your hair. Hear stories and poems that’ll give you goosebumps the size of golf balls.
  • When: October 25
  • Time: 8:30 pm
  • Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • Tickets: $10-$15 sliding scale

The Comedy Cantina Nerd Show

  • What: A glorious, geek-powered yukfest for the ages. Topics covered at The Comedy Cantina Nerd Show include sci-fi, role-playing, video games and more. Headlined by Simon King.
  • When: October 26
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where: Seven Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway, Vancouver
  • Tickets: Online, $6

One Man Stranger Things: A Parody

  • What: Stranger Things burst into popular consciousness in July 2016, referencing 80s movies, kid culture, the supernatural and Eggo waffles. Charles Ross and TJ Dawe grew up in the 80s, addicted to adventure movies, and went on to co-create a series of one man parody shows of Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Batman, which continue to tour the world. The world premiere of One Man Stranger Things: A Parody will recreate and spoof season one of Stranger Things, reminding audiences why they loved it, right in time for season two.
  • When: October 27 and 28
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Where:  Anvil Centre Theatre  777 Columbia Street, New Westminster
  • Tickets: Online, $17.50

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Daniel Chai
Daniel is a writer and comedian based in Vancouver, BC.

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