After a long day in the office or on the beach, there’s no better way to unwind than by catching one of the stand-up, improv, and variety shows around Vancouver. Here are 10 great comedy events taking place around the city this month.
Writer, director, comedian, and all-around entertainer Marlon Wayans comes to the Vogue Theatre on Saturday, June 4. Touring the United States with one night in Vancouver on his Scandal-less Tour, Wayans has appeared on In Living Colour, the Scary Movie franchise, and most recently Fifty Shades of Black.
When: June 4 at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre (918 Granville Street)
Tickets: $48, available here
Professional comedians, storytellers and everyday people share their most outrageous Tinder Tales and online dating stories live on stage. Hosted by Peter Verge and featuring Andy Canete, Suzy Rawsome, Alex Biron, Headliner Kathleen McGee and many more.
When: June 4 at 8 pm and 10:45 pm
Where: Emerald Supper Club (555 Gore Avenue)
Tickets: $8, available here
Matterhorn Improv with Sophie Buddle and Chris and Travis
Matterhorn is the comedy combo of Andrew Barber, Cam Macleod, Scott Patey and Brian Cook, and they’ve performed at Vancouver International Improv Festival and ImproOlympia Festival. On June 7, they’re joined by stand-up sensation Sophie Buddle and Fringe favourites Chris and Travis.
When: June 7 at 9 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club (147 East Pender Street)
Tickets: $10, available here
Instant Theatre’s House Party and Reunion
House Party features an improv lottery where improvisers and audience members perform together in the first half of the show. Then a classic Instant Theatre ensemble from a past Conservatory jam together with one of their favourite forms.
When: June 9 at 8 pm
Where: Seven Dining Lounge (53 West Broadway)
Tickets: Free, available here
DeAnne Smith has performed all over the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Iceland Comedy Festival and Just for Laughs Montreal. She’s also been on TV in four countries, including Last Comic Standing NBC, The Late Late Show CBS, Canada’s The Comedy Network, Australia’s Channel 10 and ABC, and UK’s Sky TV.
When: June 16 at 8:30 pm, June 17 and 18 at 8:30 pm and 10:30 pm
Where: The Comedy Mix (1015 Burrard Street)
Tickets: $15-20, available here
Lori Ferguson-Ford has performed stand-up for over 20 years, and has been voted B.C.’s Funniest New Comic and B.C.’s Funniest Woman. She has toured all over North America, with stops at The Improv, The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store. Lori’s has also appeared on CTV, CBC, The Comedy Network, and CBC radio’s Madly Off In All Directions.
When: June 24 at 8 pm, June 25 at 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s (2837 Cambie Street )
Tickets: $19.05 plus tax, available here
BroadWHAT?! A Revolutionary Improvised Musical
No script? No score? No problem! Off Key Improv presents BroadWHAT?!, a journey into the world of Broadway musicals. Set at the turn of the 19th century and inspired by audience suggestions, BroadWHAT?! is a two act improvised musical exploring classic character-types, songs styles and choreography from favourite musical theatre hits like Les Misérables, Hamilton, Wicked, Grease and more.
When: June 15 to 17 at 8 pm, June 18 and 19 at 2 pm and 8 pm
Where: Studio 1398 (1398 Cartwright Street )
Tickets: $20, available here
Atomic Vaudeville presents: Camp Cry Baby
Atomic Vaudeville’s Cabaret Series combines the edgy humour of Saturday Night Live, the topical brilliance of Jon Stewart and the musical flair of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The theatre company is bringing the cabaret series to Vancouver, and will be joined onstage by Katie-Ellen Humprhies, Omari Newton, Jeff Gladstone, Tara Travis, and more.
When: June 16 and 17 at 8 pm
Where: Fortune Sound Club (147 East Pender Street)
Tickets: $17-20, available here
Improv Against Humanity: Summer Lovin’
The Fictionals are heating things up at Rio Theatre with Improv Against Humanity: Summer Lovin’ special! This is the last #IAHatRIO before a return in the fall, so don’t miss out on Cards Against Humanity comedy, prizes, and the crowning of the Most Horrible Person in Vancouver. Suggested Dress Code: Beach Wear, Patio Attire, or Greased Lightning.
When: June 15 at 8 pm
Where: Rio Theatre (1660 East Broadway )
Tickets: $10-12, available here
Relying on razor-sharp wit and lightning-fast reflexes, two teams of performers are pitted against each other in competitive improv matches. Using audience suggestions to fuel scenes, teams must create totally improvised situations on the spot. TheatreSports is high-action short form improv full of comic vengeance.
When: Every Wednesday night at 7:30 pm, and Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau Street)
Tickets: $10-22, available here
Bonus Event: Carol Burnett
Hosted by NorthWest Comedy and Just For Laughs, comedian and award-winning actress, Carol Burnett is coming to Vancouver. Burnett will share clips and moments from her career as well as engage in a question and answer period with the audience.
When: Friday, June 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre (650 Hamilton Street)
Tickets: $69.50 – $125, available here