Laugh Out Loud: 10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in May

May 4 2023, 11:20 pm

Fill your life with laughter this May!

We’re here to help with our roundup of 10 great comedy events happening in Vancouver. Check out Sasha Velour, Asian Takeover Comedy Night, and more!

And for more fun things happening around town, be sure to check out our Listed section.

Sasha Velour “The Big Reveal Live Show!”

Sasha Velour

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What: RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 winner Sasha Velour is performing at the Vogue Theatre as part of her upcoming book tour, The Big Reveal Live Show!

The tour, which is presented by Just For Laughs, is in support of her forthcoming debut book, The Big Reveal: An Illustrated Manifesto of Drag.

When: May 13, 2023
Time: Doors at 7 pm, show at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cost: Various prices, VIP packages also available. Purchase online

Story Party Vancouver – True Dating Stories

What: At Story Party, you will hear true dating stories from professional storytellers and some brave audience members. Guests are encouraged to share their own hilarious dating tales on confession slips during the show, which has played to sold-out audiences in over 65 countries. Hosted by comedian Gilli Apter.

When: May 24 to 26, 2023
Time: Doors 7 pm, show 8 pm
Where: Fox Cabaret – 2321 Main Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $30, purchase online

Instant Theatre’s Bekhand and Laughter Lab

What: Enjoy a double-header of laughter with Instant Theatre’s improvised comedy. First up at Conscious Lab is Bekhand, a showcase of up-and-coming Iranian female actors performing improv with a Persian twist. Then stick around for Laughter Lab and “Director’s Cut,” with five improvisers becoming movie directors for the night.

When: May 12, 2023
Time: 7 pm and 9:30 pm
Where: Conscious Lab – 422 Richards Street #Suite 200, Vancouver
Cost: Various prices. Purchase online

Asian Takeover Comedy Night

Asian Takeover

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What: Comedy Here Often? presents a celebration of Asian comedy talent for Asian Heritage Month. The stand-up showcase at Vogue Theatre is hosted by Julie Kim (The Winnipeg Comedy Festival, Kim’s Convenience) and features Tin Lorica (CBC Gem’s The New Wave of Stand-up), Yumi Nagashima (Comedy Central Asia), and headliner Robin Tran (Comedy Central, Just For Laughs, Netflix).

When: May 19, 2023
Time: 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $30.80 to $39.20, purchase online

Makin’ Jokes at The Show Cellar

What: The Comedy Department brings together award-winning improvisers for an interactive night of laughs at The Show Cellar in Vancouver’s West End. Makin’ Jokes features comics that have been featured on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and CBC, with performances at comedy festivals such as Just For Laughs, Bumbershoot, and San Francisco Improv Festival under their belt.

When: Every Saturday
Time: 10 pm
Where: The Show Cellar – 1755 Davie Street, Vancouver
Tickets: $22.50 plus fees. Purchase online

The Late Show at The Improv Centre

What: The Improv Centre’s late show lets the performers get delightfully dirty onstage. Enjoy some risque and risky laughs on Granville Island as you wrap up your Saturday night (or just get things started).

When: Every Saturday
Time: 11:15 pm
Where: The Improv Centre – 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Cost: $13.50, tickets available online

Franco Escamilla

Franco Escamilla

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What: Franco Escamilla is known as “El Diablo” or “El Amo del Sarcasmo” and brings his Spanish stand-up show to Queen Elizabeth Theatre this month. The acclaimed performer was the first Latin comedian to appear at Carnegie Hall in New York and has four specials streaming on Netflix.

When: May 18, 2023
Time: Doors 7 pm
Where: Queen Elizabeth Theatre – 630 Hamilton Street. Vancouver
Cost: Various prices, purchase online

Joke Books Comedy!

What: Joke Books Comedy! challenges top Vancouver comics to perform their hottest material, then shuffle through the pages of their joke books until the audience shouts, “Stop!” The lineup for May includes Julie Kim, Gina Harms, Randee Neumeyer, Aaron Arya, Nathan Hare, Hooriah Ikram and host Greta Lin. Proceeds from the show will go to Directions Youth Services.

When: May 12, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 110 Water Street, Vancouver
Cost: $15 plus fees in advance, purchase online

Monica vs. The Internet: Tales of a Social Justice Warrior

What: Monica Ogden’s multi-media stand-up show is a heartfelt and hilarious exploration of intergenerational trauma and how it affects the Filipina women who raised her. The show is written and performed by Monica Ogden and directed and co-created by K.P Dennis.

When: May 20 and 21, 2023
Time: 7:30 pm
Where: Morrow – 910 Richards Street Suite 204, Vancouver
Cost: $5-$15, purchase online

Stand-up Comedy at Dundas Eat & Drink!

What: Start the week off with a night of side-splitting laughter. Stand-up Comedy at Dundas Eat & Drink features a rotating lineup of local and touring comics. Monday, May 8, features performances by Milton Ng, Dion Arnold, Danika Thibault, Fran Tiernan, Sophia Johnson and more.

When: May 8, 2023
Time: 7 pm
Where: 2077 Dundas Street, Vancouver
Cost: $5 plus fees, purchase online

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