10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in January

Dec 30 2019, 10:08 am

Start the new year with big laughs at these 10 comedy events happening in Vancouver. Check out Guilty Feminist Podcast, Jackie Fabulous, and more.

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

2020 Year of Predictions at Vancouver TheatreSports

What: Vancouver TheatreSports’ ensemble takes a comedic look into the future with predictions of the top news stories of 2020.

When: January 2 to January 4, 2020
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Vancity Comedy Extravaganza

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Eventbrite/Vancity Comedy Extravaganza

What: Vancity Comedy Extravaganza features comedians Dino Archie (Jimmy Kimmel Live), Dave Merheje (CBC’s Mr. D, Hulu’s Ramy, and Netflix’s Half Hour), Ivan Decker (2018 Juno Award winner for Comedy Album of the Year), Yumi Nagashima (Just for Laughs), and Gavin Matts (2017 SiriusXM Top Comic).

When: January 4, 2020
Time: Doors at 7 pm; show at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre — 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Always Growing Up

What: Improvisers Ese Atawo and Patrick Dodd perform a long-form relationship-based improv show at Havana Theatre on January 5.

When: January 5, 2020
Time: 8 to 9 pm
Where: Havana Theatre — 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

Help Wanted Improv with Hocus Focus

What: Hocus Focus presents Help Wanted, a comedy show inspired by real-life job postings, shared work experiences, and audience suggestions. The performers will also create an improvised mockumentary live at Cafe Deux Soleils.

When: January 7, February 4, March 3, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Cafe Deux Soleils — 2096 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Tickets: $7 or $5 for students

Guilty Feminist Podcast

What: The Guilty Feminist, an award-winning podcast hosted by Deborah Frances-White, is bringing its live show to Vancouver. The podcast explores 21st century feminism — and all the insecurities, hypocrisies, and fears that come with it. The Guilty Feminist has been downloaded more than 60 million times since 2016. It was nominated for Best Comedy Podcast at the British Podcast Awards earlier this year. And for the first time ever, The Guilty Feminist tour is coming to North America.

When: January 15, 2020
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: The Commodore Ballroom — 868 Granville Street (Venue is 19+, ID required)
Tickets: $40 (including GST, plus service fees) — Tickets available via Ticketmaster

Mariana Mazza

What: Quebec comedian Mariana Mazza brings her one-women show to Vancouver. She has won the Olivier of the Yearaward at the Gala les Olivier and a Félix award for Best Comedy Show of the Year. She also appeared in Bon Cop, Bad Cop 2 and De père en flic 2. Mariana will also be holding an informal discussion with the audience after the show.

When: January 18, 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Norman Rothstein Theater — 950 West 41st Avenue, Vancouver
Tickets: Online

The Comic Strippers

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What: A fictitious male stripper troupe (played by a cast of top improvisational comedians) perform a sexy improv comedy show. Featuring interactive scenes, dance breaks, and more.

When: January 17 (North Vancouver) and January 18 (Maple Ridge), 2020
Time: 8 pm
Where: Centennial Theatre – 2300 Lonsdale  Avenue, North Vancouver (January 17); The ACT Arts Centre — 11944 Haney Pl, Maple Ridge
Tickets: Online

Smash Comedy Festival

What: Produced by Nasty Women Comedy, the second Smash Comedy Festival is a three-day comedy festival spotlighting Vancouver’s women/trans/femme/plus performers. Featuring sketch, improv, stand-up, drag, and more.

When: January 23 to January 25, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: Various venues
Tickets: Online

Jackie Fabulous

What: Jackie Fabulous was a semi-finalist on the 2019 season of America’s Got Talent and was the only contestant Simon Cowell walked on stage to hug. She has been featured on the Arsenio Hall show, Gotham Comedy Live, FOX, BET, Last Comic Standing, Kevin Harts LOL Network and more.

When: January 30 until February 2, 2020
Time: Various times
Where: House of Comedy BC — 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster,
Tickets: Online

The Laugh Gallery with Graham Clark

What: Vancouver comedian Graham Clark (of CBC’s The Debaters fame) hosts one of the longest-running stand-up shows in town at The Havana Theatre. Featuring a new line-up of comics each week.

When: Every Monday
Time: 9 pm
Address: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive, Vancouver
Admission: $5