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Start your new year off with a night of laughter! From Throwdown TheatreSports to Judge John Hodgemen and more, here are 10 great comedy events happening in Vancouver this January.
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Throwdown International TheatreSports Festival at Vancouver TheatreSports
What: Vancouver TheatreSports welcomes TheatreSports welcomes teams from other cities who bring their A-Game to head-to head matches with each other and local teams comprised of VTS’s top improvisers. The visiting line-up features SAK Comedy Lab (Orlando, Florida), Curious Comedy Theatre (Portland, Oregon), On the Spot Improv (Honolulu,Hawaii) and Ryan Stiles’ company Upfront Theatre (Bellingham, WA).
When: Wednesday, January 2 to Sunday, January 27, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau St, Vancouver
Dino Archie Presents The VanCity Comedy Extravaganza
What: The Vancity Comedy Extravaganza presents Dino Archie, Dave Merheje, Gavin Matts, Efthimios Nasiapolos in performances at the Vogue Theatre
When: Friday, January 4, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $24.99
Comedypants: A Stand-Up Show
What: Stand-up comedy in the comfy confines of the Avant Garden. Featuring a mix of up-and-coming Vancouver comedians, hosted by Alistair Ogden.
When: Saturday, January 5, 2019
Time: Doors 8 pm, show 8:30 pm
Where: The Avant Garden – 729 Gore Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10
Pop-Up Comedy Jam with stand-up guest Danika Thibault
What: The Fictionals Comedy Co. welcome Danika Thibault to the Improv and Stand-Up Mashup at Cafe Deux Soleils. The evening features improv games inspired by audience suggestions, plus comedy surprises in Best of Both Worlds.
When: Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Time: Doors 7:30 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Dr., Vancouver
Admission: $7 adults, $5 students and seniors
Unscriptured: Expanded Edition
What: Unscriptured is the completely improvised church service for a religion made up on the spot — all based on an audience suggestion. Formerly a one man show, this new expanded version features a choir, live music, and “guest preachers” from around the Vancouver comedy community. Created and hosted by Travis Bernhardt, winner of 2018 Vancouver Pick of the Fringe.
When: Thursday, January 10 to Saturday, January 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Dr, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $5
Judge John Hodgman with guest Louise Burns
What: Judge John Hodgman is a podcast where actor and comedian John Hodgman decides real personal disputes. Featuring special guest Louise Burns.
When: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $36.50 plus fees
Jest Ladies Comedy
What: Fraser Valley Comedy presents Jest Ladies Comedy hosted by Nic Enright-Morin. Nic Enright-Morin is a freelance writer, editor and comic who performs comedy all over BC, as well as in the UK. She also wrote and produced the interactive comedy play “Aunt Biddy’s Wake”and is a stand-up comedy instructor at LaughterZone 101. Featuring special performances by Yumi Nagashima, Syd Bosel, Lisa Person, Katrina Bennett, Lydia Rickards, Monique Naicker-Bellamy, Alison Ogilvie, Marlene Swidzinski and Ericka Young.
When: Friday, January 18, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Where: Chances Maple Ridge – 22710 Lougheed Highway, Maple Ridge
What: Canadian comedian Jeremy Hotz brings his Dangerously Handsome Tour to Vancouver with special guest Matt Molchen. Jeremy is a multiple Gemini nominee, was a former writer on The Jon Stewart show, and has performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Show with David Letterman.
When: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $37.50-$55
Smash Comedy Festival
What: Produced by Nasty Women Comedy, the inaugural Smash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s best and brightest women/trans/femme/plus performers. Featuring sketch, improv and stand-up shows, writing and improv workshops, and a 90s dance party. Funds go towards sending underrepresented kids to Improv Camp for the upcoming 2019 season.
When: Thursday, January 24 to Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
What: Comedian and actress Arden Myrin is currently a cast member on the new Netflix show Insatiable playing the role of Regina Sinclair. Recently, Arden was a cast member on Showtime’s Shameless Season 7 playing the part of Dollface Dolores. She appeared on Chelsea Lately over 100 times, and was a regular panelist on @Midnight. She was a cast member of MadTV for the final four seasons, and is the host of the popular Nerdist podcast Will You Accept This Rose? About The Bachelor/ The Bachelorette franchise.
When: Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26, 2019
Time: 8 pm and 10:30 pm (Friday), 7 pm and 9:30 pm (Saturday)
Where: Yuk Yuks Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver