Summertime is the perfect time to catch stand-up, improv, and sketch around the city. Plan your laughs with our list of 10 great comedy events in Vancouver this July.
Vancouver’s only duo sketch comedy show. Presented by the team behind The Hero Show, Sidekicks pairs up comedians in fresh and veteran combos, including Christine Bortolin and Nima Gholamipour, Fatima Dhowre and Randee Neumeyer, and Kia Rae and Malcolm Macleod.
When: July 7 at 9 pm
Where: The China Cloud (524 Main Street)
Tickets: $10, available here
The Big Picture: An Improvised Movie
Experience all your favourite movies in one hilarious mashup as Vancouver TheatreSports League pays tribute to the summer blockbuster. The actors on stage, and the audience in the seats, will together create a different ‘overnight smash hit’ each and every night of the show’s run.
When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre (1502 Duranleau Street)
Tickets: $10 to 23.50, available here
- Experience all your favourite films in one hilarious improvised mashup
- Comedy Preview: Byron Bertram opens up in Guilt Ridden Sociopath
- Dynamite Ladies and Explosive Comedy in Vancouver TheatreSports' Firecracker!
- Comedy Preview: Queer Prov celebrates 10 years of comedy in Vancouver
Comedy at Yagger’s
The 20th edition of Comedy at Yagger’s features a lineup full of stand-up headliners, including Ivan Decker, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Kevin Banner and Eddie Della Siepe (Video On Trial, Love Court).
When: July 11 at 9 pm
Where: Yagger’s Kits (2884 West Broadway )
Tickets: $5 plus tax, available here
Kings Head Comedy
Hosts Colin Sharp and James Kennedy bring a rotating lineup of top comedians to Kitchen Table in Kitsilano every Tuesday night. Never know who’s going to jump on the mic, so head out for an evening of laughs.
When: Every Tuesday at 9 pm
Where: Kitchen Table (1618 Yew Street)
Tickets: $5, available here
Vancouver Improv Fight Club and The Open Challenge
Grad School Improv and Puzzles & Puns battle for comedy glory at Cafe Deux Soleils, where the audience decides the victor. Then stick around for The Fictionals’ Open Challenge, a comedy mixer for anyone wanting to try improv in a fun and encouraging environment.
When: June 12 at 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils (2096 Commercial Drive)
Tickets: $5-7, available here
Pemby Comedy at Pemberton Music Festival
Some of the world’s funniest comedians take over Pemberton Music Festival during the four-day extravaganza. Cheech and Chong, Maria Bamford, Doug Benson and more will bring the laughs underneath Mt. Currie.
When: July 14 to 17 at various times
Where: Pemberton Music Festival
Tickets: $315-1799, available here
$1000 Search for Vancouver’s Funniest Amateur Comedian
The city’s finest amateur stand-ups, improvisers, singers and performers battle it out weekly for the $1,000 Grand Prize (to be awarded August 13), and the coveted title of Funniest Amateur Comedian in Vancouver. Presented by Rawsome Comedy and The Emerald Supper Club.
When: July 9, July 23, August 6, and August 13 at 9 pm
Where: The Emerald Supper Club (555 Gore Avenue)
Tickets: $10, available here
Queer Prov 10th Anniversary Show
When: July 18 at 8 pm
Where: XYYVR (1216 Bute Street)
Tickets: By Donation, available here
Guilt Ridden Sociopath
After receiving rave reviews around the world, Vancouverite Byron Bertram brings Guilt Ridden Sociopath back home. Comedian Byron Bertram hasn’t done anything wrong, but he still feels bad about it. This confidently vulnerable, insecure ego maniac takes you a personal and relatable journey of mental health issues and hilarity.
When: July 19 to 23 at 9 pm
Where: Havana Theatre (1212 Commercial Drive)
Tickets: $10-15, available here
The Doubleclicks are a nationally-touring, Billboard charting pop band with a cello, a meowing cat keyboard, and songs about dinosaurs, Cats & Netflix, space and Dungeons and Dragons. Their YouTube videos boast over 2 million views and have been featured on Gawker, BoingBoing, io9 and more.
When: July 30 at 2:30 pm
Where: Storm Crow Alehouse (1619 West Broadway)
Info: Available here