Sarah Silverman is among the comedic heavy-hitters due to descend on Vancouver in February for the JFL Northwest Comedy Festival 2017.
Taking place from Thursday, February 16, to Saturday, February 25, a huge range of comedians will perform at multiple venues across Vancouver.
Next year’s festival is only the second annual event; NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs joined forces earlier this year to present the first JFL NorthWest.
The comedy festival aims to be a blend of the best in stand-up, sketch, and improv. Tickets go on sale this Friday at various rates depending on the performer.
Here are some of the highlights from the lineup announced on Tuesday; you can find the full lineup on the JFL Northwest Comedy Festival website.
Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. She can be seen on The Book of Henry, The Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series Masters of Sex, and can be heard on the Emmy-nominated Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers.
Returning after a wildly successful performance at JFL NorthWest 2016, Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa. He is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central, formerly hosted by Jon Stewart. Noah recently debuted his one-hour stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, on Comedy Central. Filmed at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC, it brings Noah’s unique worldview and global analysis of American culture to the forefront.
Chris D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the comedy world. He recently starred as Danny on the NBC comedy series Undateable and continues to cement his status on stage as a force in stand-up comedy, performing to sold-out crowds in the US and Canada. His first one-hour Comedy Central special, White Male Black Comic, was released in 2013 and his latest special, Incorrigible, debuted on Netflix in April 2015.
Iliza is the only female and youngest comedian to hold the title of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. Her one-hour debut comedy special, War Paint, reached #1 on the iTunes charts and was named one of its Top 10 Albums of 2013. In early 2015, Iliza’s follow-up, Freezing Hot, a Netflix Original Comedy Special, sealed her status as one of the hottest touring acts in America. Her television credits include multiple appearances on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, The Today Show, and Comedy Central.
Tom Segura is a comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. His comedy specials Mostly Stories (2016) and Completely Normal (2014) are currently streaming on Netflix. His television credits include Conan, Not Safe with Nikki Glaser, Happy Endings, The Late Late Show, Comedy Central Presents: Tom Segura, Mash Up, and How to be a Grown Up. His podcast, Your Mom’s House, which he co-hosts with his wife, comedian Christina Pazsitzky, was a finalist for Best Comedy Podcast at the Stitcher Awards. Segura’s No Teeth No Entry tour kicks off in January 2017.
Game Grumps Live!
Come hang out with Arin and Danny for a live episode of Game Grumps! The two will be playing games, making jokes, and having a blast in front of a live audience, ending the night with a super sensual Q&A session.
Piff the Magic Dragon
The breakout star from season 10 of NBC’s America’s Got Talent was without question Piff the Magic Dragon. When it comes to Piff, think Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks. With more than 12 million YouTube hits to his name, Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of fans in iconic venues such as Radio City Music Hall, Shakespeare’s Globe, the O2 in London, and the Sydney Opera House. His one-man show has had five record-breaking runs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two sell-out seasons at Soho Theatre in London’s West End, and a national tour of the UK and Australia. Recently, Piff has completed a six-month residency at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas in their flagship show Vegas Nocturne.
My Favourite Murder
Ready yourself for a murder adventure hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, two lifelong fans of true crime stories. Each podcast episode, the girls tell each other their favourite tales of murder and hear hometown crime stories from friends and fans. Check your anxiety at the door, ‘cause Karen and Georgia are dying to discuss death.
Comedian, actor, and writer Brian Posehn always has a full comedy plate. In addition to performing stand-up at the best comedy club and rock venues in the country, he was a co-writer for Marvel Comics’ Deadpool comic series and hosts the popular podcast Nerd Poker on the Earwolf Network. 2013 marked the release of his first hour-long comedy special, The Fartist, on Netflix, as well as the release of a book he co-wrote with Bob Odenkirk and David Cross entitled Hollywood Said No.
A recipient of four Canadian Comedy Awards, comedian, host, and actor Jon Dore is renowned for his offbeat humour. He is a favourite on the comedy club and festival circuit in Canada and the US, and has enjoyed sold-out runs at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and Toronto, at comedy festivals in Halifax, Vancouver, Portland, and Washington, as well as at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Tennessee. Dore was the first featured comedian on Conan and has appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and Kroll Show.
Where: Various venues throughout Vancouver
When: From Thursday, February 16, to Saturday, February 25
Tickets: Online at various rates according to performer