Laugh Out Loud: 10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in August

Jul 28 2022, 7:37 pm

Cool comedy served up by some of the city’s hottest comics!

Whether you’re looking for stand-up, improv, or sketch, we’ve got you covered with our list of 10 great comedy events happening in Vancouver in August. Chelsea Handler, Comedy Bang! Bang! Live! and more!

And for more fun things happening around town be sure to check out our Listed section.

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler

What: Comedian, TV personality, podcast host and bestselling author Chelsea Handler is performing two shows at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Handler is acclaimed for her seven years as host of E!’s top-rated Chelsea Lately, her documentary series Chelsea Does, and her Netflix talk show, Chelsea. She has written six best-selling books, five of which topped the New York Times Bestseller list.

When: August 12, 2022
Time: 6 pm and 9 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase online

Amber Harper-Young at Yuk Yuks Surrey

What: Vancouver’s Amber Harper-Young has performed all around the globe and was a finalist in the BC’s Funniest Female competition. She has performed at Just For Laughs Vancouver, YYC Comedy Fest in Calgary, The Del Close Marathon in New York, and many more

When: August 20, 2022
Time: 8 pm
Where: Yuk Yuks Surrey at Elements Casino – 17755 60th Avenue, Surrey
Tickets: $19.05 plus tax, purchase online

TheatreSports at The Improv Centre

What: Two teams of hilarious improvisers create sketches and scenes inspired by audiences’ suggestions at the Improv Centre. Cheer on your favourite comedians to victory and you may even be selected to be one of the judges for the night.

When: Every Friday and Saturday
Time: 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Cost: Various, purchase Online

John Mulaney

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What: John Mulaney is a two-time Emmy Award-winning actor, writer, and comedian.

In 2018, Mulaney travelled the United States with his sold-out Kid Gorgeous tour, which was later released as a Netflix special and won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Variety Special. He’s also played roles in the hit Netflix series Big Mouth, as well as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. 

When: August 10 and 11, 2022
Time: 7 and 9:30 pm (Wednesday), 7 pm (Thursday)
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $77.50 to $89.50, purchase online

Shots “n” Giggles

What: Glitch Bar in Kits hosts some of the city’s top stand-up comics in the weekly Shots “n” Giggles. Expect to see comedians who have performed at Just For Laughs Vancouver, on CBC’s The Debaters, and more.

When: Every Wednesday
Time: 8 pm
Where: Glitch Bar and Games Room – 2287 West Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: $15 plus fees, purchase online

Hannah Einbinder

What: LA-based Hannah Einbinder was chosen as a New Face of Comedy at Just For Laughs, named one of Vulture’s Comics to Watch, and has performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

When: August 4, 2022
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Rickshaw Theatre – 254 E Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $25 plus fees, purchase online

Sophie Buddle

What: Sophie Buddle is a stand-up, a tv writer, and a podcaster. Fans have enjoyed her work on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes as a staff writer and correspondent and has performed at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival, the Halifax Comedy Festival, and on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Her 2019 comedy album A Lil Bit of Buddle won the Juno Award for Comedy Album of the Year at the JUNO Awards.

When: August 4 to 7, 2022
Time: Various times
Where: Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster
Tickets: Various, purchase Sophie Buddle

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!

Comedy Bang! Bang!

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What: The long-running weekly comedy podcast created and hosted by Scott Aukerman comes to Vogue  Theatre for a live show with special guests. Featuring Aukerman, Paul F. Tompkins, and the CBB All-Stars. There will also be a pre-show VIP Q&A featuring a “no holds barred” small group conversation.

When: August 12, 2022
Time: VIP Q&A at 5 pm, Doors at 6 pm, Show at 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Starting from $39.50, purchase online

Women & Female-Aligned Improv Jam

What: Blind Tiger Comedy’s Kerri Donaldson hosts a free improv jam for women and female-aligned folks at The China Cloud. All skill levels are welcome for the two-hour jam of scenes, games, and conversation. Snacks will be provided for participants.

When: August 21, 2022
Time: 12 to 2 pm
Where: The China Cloud – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
Cost: Free, register online

The Operating Room: A Standup Comedy Show

What: The Operating Room is hosted by Dusty Searcy and features an array of stand-up comedians who have performed at Just For Laughs, on CBC’s The Debaters, on Netflix, and more. Searcy joins the comics onstage after their sets for a conversation about their material.

When: Every Sunday
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Tightrope Theatre – 2343 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $15 plus fees, purchase online

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