Vancouver comedians are turning up the heat across the city in November. Improv, stand-up and so much more: here are the top 10 Vancouver comedy events this month.
RAP JOKES! A Hip-Hop Stand-Up Comedy Show
Yo Vancity Laughs returns to Yuk Yuks for RAP JOKES, with Graham Clark, Ivan Decker and Sunee Dhaliwal telling jokes about rap music. Hosted by Brendan Bourque and featuring Cody The Catch and Alex Smith of Killing Time. Let your funny bone slide.
When: November 12 at 8 p.m.
Where: Yuk Yuks – 2837 Cambie Street
Tickets: $10, available here
…didn’t see that coming
Before she appeared in the recurring role of Granny in the hit ABC TV show Once Upon a Time, Beverley Elliott adventured from farm town Ontario to Vancouver’s gay bars and red carpets, crooning in a parade of bars along the way. She’s now turned her wild ride into an autobiographical show full of hilarious stories and show-stopping songs.
When: November 12 to 21 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees November 14 and 21, and a 1 p.m. matinee November 17
Where: Gateway Theatre – 6500 Gilbert Road, Richmond
Tickets: $20-35, available here
Vancouver Improv Fight Club: UBC Improv versus TWU’s 11:07
Post-secondary pride is on the line when UBC Improv and Trinity Western University’s 11:07 meet in the comedy cage. Who will land the knockout punchlines and walk away with the championship belt? Head to ringside at Cafe Deux Soleils and judge for yourself.
When: November 10 at 8 p.m.
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils – 2096 Commercial Drive
Tickets: $5-7, available here
We Know Nothing: Monologues of Ice & Fire
Get your Game of Thrones fix with Mad House Productions new show inspired by the George R. R. Martin novels and HBO series. Comedic monologues from Fabiar Frey, the Red Wedding Singer; Susan Sand, the Other Sand Snake; Rud Oatwright, the Romeo of Flea Bottom and more await at Kings Landing aka The Cultch.
When: November 13 to 15 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Cultch – 1895 Venables Street
Tickets: $12-15, available here
Pat Thornton is a funny man. You may have seen the two-time Canadian Screen Award-nominee in shows like Satisfaction, Match Game and Royal Canadian Air Farce. Or you may have seen him on Just For Laughs or The Winnipeg Comedy Festival. Now you can see him live at the Comedy Mix.
When: November 26 at 8:30 p.m., November 27 and 28 at 8 and 10:30 p.m.
Where: the Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street
Tickets: $15-20, available here
The Comedy Basement Open Mic
Suzy Rawsome gathers some of Vancouver’s best up-and-comers to test their comedy chops every Thursday night. You never know when some of Canada’s top headliners will drop in. Bonus: eating Goldies pizza while laughing.
When: Every Thursday night at 7:30 and 10 p.m.
Where: Goldies – 605 West Pender Street
Tickets: $5-8, available here
The Room: 12th Anniversary and Live Script Reading
If you haven’t already seen Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic, head down to the Rio Theatre for an interactive screening and live reading with co-star Greg Sestero (aka Mark). This film is the modern Rocky Horror Picture Show – prepare the spoons!
When: November 20 at 6:45 p.m.
Where: Rio Theatre – 1660 East Broadway
Tickets: $13-15, available here
Catwoman in Hecklevision
Time to get revenge on the movie that earned star Halle Berry a Razzie award for Worst Actress. Copresented with Northwest Comedy, Catwoman will be shown in Hecklevision, allowing the audience to text their running commentary, barbs, put downs and snark on the screen.
When: November 7 at 10 p.m.
Where: Vancity Theatre – 1181 Seymour Street
Tickets: $9-11, available here
Christmas Queen 2 – You Better Watch Out
Vancouver TheatreSports League continues it’s Christmas Queen series with a trip to Santa’s Workshop. Will the toys be finished on time? Why has the Queen got Santa locked in a store room? Join the quirky inhabitants of the North Pole to find out in this improvised winter adventure.
When: November 26 to December 20, Thursdays to Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Improv Centre — 1502 Duranleau Street
Tickets: $10-22, available here
Second Storey Theatre’s Wednesday Comedy Showcase
Tri-Cities’ best improv company rocks the Terry Fox Studio Theatre every Wednesday night. The show is a mix of classic improv games and new formats that SST is working on. Definitely worth the drive.
When: Every Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Terry Fox Theatre – 1260 Riverwood Gate, Port Coquitlam
Tickets: $5-8 plus taxes, available here