10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in October

Sep 30 2019, 5:00 am

Lots of laughs coming your way in October with our checklist of 10 great comedy events to check out in Vancouver. There’s ITI Conference and Festival, Chris Gaskin, and more to enjoy!

For more things happening around town, check out our events section.

Artivism 2019 LAUGH MORE: Feminist and Queer Stand-Up

What: Dive Into UBC and UBC Arts & Culture District present feminist and queer positive standup comedy at Hatch Art Gallery. The event is part of the second annual Artivism, a student-run festival for art for justice and social change. Hosted by Maddy Kelly.

When: October 1, 2019
Time: Doors 6:30 pm, show 7 pm
Where: Hatch Art Gallery – 6133 University Boulevard, Vancouver
Admission: Free

The Women of Comedy

What: TRANSFORM: A Cabaret Festival hosts The Women of Comedy at York Theatre. Performers include Canadian Comedy Award winner Martha Chaves (CBC Radio’s Laugh Out Loud, Because News), Australia’s rising Indigenous comedy star Steph Tisdell (Sydney Comedy Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival), Toronto’s Nour Hadidi (Just For Laughs, Winnipeg Comedy Festival), and Vancouver’s Erica Sigurdson (The Debaters, CBC, CTV).

When: October 4 and October 5, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: York Theatre – 639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Chris Gaskin

What: Vancouver’s Chris Gaskin was a “Stand Up & Bite Me” finalist on Bite TV, was the winner of the Champion of Champions Comedy Competition, and has been featured on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. He’s taping his first ever comedy special at The Kino on October 9.

When: October 9, 2019
Time: 7 to 10 pm
Where: The Kino – 3456 Cambie St. Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Blood Bath & Beyond

What: A horror variety show at the Wise Hall featuring magic, burlesque and sideshow performances. Acts include Calamity Kate, Aleister Crane, Vivianne Oblivion, and more. Presented by Major Productions and Impossible Things Productions.

When: October 10 and October 17, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: The Wise – 1882 Adanac Street Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The HERO SHOW 12 Year Anniversary

What: Vancouver’s longest-running monthly sketch comedy show, The HERO SHOW, celebrates its 12-year anniversary with 16 comedians performing character monologues, sketches, and more.

When: October 10, 2019
Time: Doors 8:30 pm, show 9 pm
Where: China Cloud – 524 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online, $10

Phantom Signal Season 5

Phantom Signal

Daniel Chai

What: Phantom Signal kicks off a new season of old-timey-radio-horror-comedy performed live by Jayson McDonald, Andrew Bailey, Tara Travis, Mark Haney, and special guests.

When: October 12, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26th Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: At the door, $10

2019 International Theatresports Institute’s Conference and Festival

El Jaguar/Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports is hosting the 2019 International Theatresports Institute Conference and Festival, featuring over 100 improv performers from 18 countries in 50 performances across three theatres on Granville Island. Highlights include The Toys Strike Back, by Norway’s Det Andre Teatret, the El Jaguar Fiesta Tour of Vancouver with masked Mexican luchador El Jaguar (Derek Flores, New Zealand) and OK Tinder – The International Edition.

When: October 14 until October 20, 2019
Time: Various showtimes
Where: The Improv Centre, Waterfront Theatre, and The Nest on Granville Island
Tickets: Online

Schitt’s Creek: Up Close & Personal

What: Just For Laughs presents a live event with the cast of Schitt’s Creek at Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Cast members, including Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy, will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the CBC series. expect stories from cast members, surprises, and more in the interactive evening.

When: October 20, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Comedy Bang! Bang! Live!

What: The long-running weekly comedy podcast created and hosted by Scott Aukerman comes to Queen Elizabeth Theatre for a live show with special guests.

When: October 25, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 600 Block Hamilton Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Cult Classic Comedy!

What: Instant Theatre celebrates the Halloween season with a horror movie inspired comedy show. The comedians will watch the first five minutes of a cult classic horror film with the audience and then improvise the rest.

When: October 27, 2019
Time: 8 pm
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
TicketsOnline