10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in February

Feb 1 2017, 5:04 pm

Laughter is the key to love, and Daily Hive is your hookup for the hottest stand-up, improv, and variety shows you don’t want to miss.

Here are 10 great comedy events taking place around the city this February.

Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival

Throwdown Festival VTSL

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  • What: Vancouver TheatreSports League rocks the laughs with their annual TheatreSports Festival, Throwdown (formerly called The Massacre). February 1 through 4 sees local teams compete in a round robin competition. Then international teams from Oslo, Mumbai, Orlando, Seattle and Montreal join the fray from February 9 through 14.
  • Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 1 to 14 at various times
  • Tickets: Online, $10-$32.50

Talent Time: 9 Year Hot Tub Party

Talent Time Paul Anthony

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  • What: The long-running variety show hosted by Paul Anthony celebrates it’s ninth anniversary at The Rio Theatre with a Hot Tub Party. Featuring dance dynamo Nolan Dubec, stand-up comedian Ivan Decker, and I,Kandee performing an anniversary song.
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: February 2 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Not Enough: One Night Only

The Anxiety Show Megan Phillips 1

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  • What: A true story of change, forgiveness and becoming enough. In an effort to finally grow up, Megan embarks on a last-ditch gambit: a 10-day gruelling silent meditation retreat. Not the relaxing vacation she was expecting, Megan faces demons she didn’t even know she had.
  • Where: Havana Restaurant – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: February 3 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, By Donation

Improv Against Humanity: Valentine’s Vengeance


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  • What: The Fictionals are serving up Rambo-style romance at The Rio Theatre with Valentine’s Vengeance. Bring a friend, a lover, and friends who you want to be lovers, and enjoy Cupid Against Humanity comedy. Who will be the first Most Horrible Person in Vancouver of 2017?
  • Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
  • When: February 8 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj

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  • What: Comedian Hasan Minhaj is known for his appearances on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah and his viral web series The Truth with Hasan Minhaj. He has also been seen on a variety of other television programs including Arrested Development on Netflix, HBO’s Getting On, and @Midnight on Comedy Central.
  • Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 10 at 7 pm (sold out) and 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $26-$37 plus fees

Snowed In Comedy Tour

Snowed In Comedy Tour

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  • What: Four international comedians come together to create one amazing show. Just for Laughs winner Dan Quinn is back along with MC Craig Campbell, Great Canadian Laugh Off winner Paul Myrehaug, and five time Canadian Comedian of the year nominee, Pete Zedlacher.
  • Where: The York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive
  • When: February 11 at 8:30 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $35

JFL NorthWest 2017

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  • What: A huge range of comedians will perform at the second annual JFL NorthWest, including headliners Sarah Silverman, Trevor Noah, and Piff the Magic Dragon. Local stars also hit the stage in Best Of The West, including The Hero Show, The Ryan & Amy Show, and Graham Clark’s Quiz Show.
  • Where: Multiple venues around Vancouver
  • When: February 16 to 25 at various times
  • Tickets: Online, $5 – $69

Hype! An Improvised Hip Hopera

Instant Theatre

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  • What: Broadway meets Hip-Hop in this celebration of epic musicals and ingenious improvised rhymes. Instant Theatre’s Hype! promises hilarious hooks, breathtaking verbal dexterity and slick storytelling every single night.
  • Where: Havana Restaurant – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
  • When: February 23 to 25 at 8 pm
  • Tickets: Online, $10

Tinder Tales

Tinder Tales

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  • What: Professional and Amateur Daters, Storytellers, Comedians, and everyday people confess their most outrageous Tinder Tales and other online dating disasters live onstage.
  • Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
  • When: February 24 at 8 pm
  • More Info: At the door, $12

Comedy at The Benchmark


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  • What: See the best local and international comics in Vancouver at The Benchmark every Monday night. Presented by Jesse Carroll and Kyle Jones
  • Where: Benchmark Bar & Grill – 612 Davie Street, Vancouver
  • When: Every Monday night at 9:30 pm
  • Tickets: At the door, $5