Pack your July with laughter with our rundown of 10 comedy shows to check out in Vancouver. Enjoy Bianca Del Rio, Ali Wong and more hilarious events this month.
For more things happening around town, check out our events section.
What: Estonia’s Ari Matti brings his Imported Goods comedy showcase to the Rio Theatre with special guest Dino Archie, Ola Dada, Andrew Packer and Andrea Jin.
When: July 3, 2019
Time: 9 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
What: Kanan Gill is coming to Canada for the very first time with his solo show, Teetar. Kanan juggles thoughts and ideas about everything from Julius Caesar’s death, bands, and building societies. Kanan has over 660k subscribers on his YouTube channel with more than 65 million views.
When: July 5, 2019
Time: 5 and 7 pm
Where: BMO Theatre Centre – 162 West 1st Avenue Vancouver
What: A Star Wars burlesque parody by the Geekenders. Explore a galaxy far, far away at a Vegas-style spectacular that combines striptease, comedy, dance, showgirls, vaudeville, nostalgia, glitter, droids, body positivity, and more.
When: Every Friday and Saturday from July 5 to August 31, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Red Gate Revue Stage – 1601 Johnston St, Vancouver
What: Improv Mondays with Michelle – Fake Stories, Real Improvisers is hosted by the character Michelle from the popular web comedic soap opera Michelle’s. The original web series, created by Galanopoulos and fellow VTS ensemble member Andrew Barber, is set in the mythical restaurant Michelle’s in Hope. The first half of the show is comprised of short-form scenarios and the second half of the show will be a mini soap opera – all based on audience contributions. Each scene’s comedic melodrama will be enhanced by live musical underscoring by pianist Matt Grinke.
When: Every Monday
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Granville Island, Vancouver
What: Join Latrice Royale in her acclaimed one-woman show as she takes us on a celebatory journey of song and storytelling. Latrice shares tales of growing up gay in Compton, the events leading up to her ‘unfortunate incarceration’ and her infectious, ever-positive perspective that got her through it all. Featuring her husband Christopher Hamblin on piano.
When: July 8, 2019
Time: 7 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville St, Vancouver
What: A new show from Richard Side (creator of CBC’s The Debaters) that asks a panel of talented comedians and the audience to decide where jokes cross the line and go from being inoffensive to being off-putting and even toxic. Trigger Me This features Zarqa Nawaz, creator of the hit sitcom Little Mosque on the Prairie, Vancouver favourite Yumi Nagashima, and Canadian Comedy Awards nominee Darcy Michael with Richard Side playing host. Part of Indian Summer Festival.
When: July 10, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts – Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema – 149 W Hastings St, Vancouver
What: The Fictionals are taking over Yuk Yuks Vancouver for Knockout Punchlines, an epic showcase of Vancouver Comedy. The Improv and Stand-Up Showdown features four stand-up comics performing sets to inspire 12 improvisers to create scenes on the spot. The winning team – as voted on by the audience – will win the Knockout Punchlines Title Belt and the chance to come back to defend their title. Cheer on your favourites.
When: July 12, 2019
Time: Doors 10 pm, show 10:30 pm
Where: Yuk Yuk’s Vancouver – 2837 Cambie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $15
What: Hari Kondabolu is a comedian, writer and podcaster based in Brooklyn, NY. His Netflix special “Warn Your Relatives” was released in 2018 and he was named one of Variety’s Top 10 Comics To Watch. Hari has performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, Jimmy Kimmel Live, John Oliver’s NY Stand-Up Show, @Midnight & has his own half-hour special on Comedy Central. He is also a former writer & correspondent on the Chris Rock produced FX TV show “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.” Part of Indian Summer Festival.
When: July 13, 2019
Time: 9 to 10:30 pm
Where: Vancouver Playhouse – 600 Hamilton Street, Vancouver
What: Bianca Del Rio is the season six reigning winner of Logo TV’s hit series RuPaul’s Drag Race. A self-proclaimed “clown in a dress” with a raw and racy edge, Bianca Del Rio brings her new tour, “It’s Jester Joke” to Vancouver.
When: July 19, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Orpheum Theatre – 601 Smithe St, Vancouver
What: Ali Wong is a stand-up comedian, writer and actress. Her breakout Netflix special “Baby Cobra” premiered Mother’s Day weekend 2016 to critical acclaim. Since then she has thrown out the first pitch at a Giants game and appeared on Ellen. She voices the co-lead and executive produces the Netflix animation show, “Tuca and Bertie” alongside Tiffany Haddish. Ali also stars in Always Be My Maybe with her longtime friend and creative collaborator, Randall Park. Her debut book for Random House will come out in 2019.
When: July 24, July 25 and July 26, 2019
Time: Doors 6 pm, show 7 pm (late show on July 26. Doors 9:15 pm, show 10 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver