Wild, ZANY, gut-aching, pee-your-pants FUNNY is what you can expect when local Asian-Canadian sketch comedy teams compete in the popular Etch-Your-Sketchoff Comedy Night on May 29 and 30 to coincide with Asian Heritage Month in Vancouver. Each team performs a 6-9 minute original sketch in this rare showcase of Asian-Canadian comedy talent that confronts racial stereotypes and breaks down cultural boundaries.
The teams have had two weeks to prepare their comedy sketches and must incorporate a randomly chosen element into their performance. Celebrity judges will select the winner of the coveted Vancouver RICE BOWL AWARD on May 29 and on the second night (May 30), the audience will vote with their applause for their favorites to determine the PEOPLE’S CHOYS AWARD winner.
This annual event serves up multicultural comedy from the outrageous to the absurd to the wildly satirical, and sells out every year. This is the 14th year of Vancouver’s Asian Canadian Theatre’s Comedy Night, which the company was founded to produce and the 5th year in its current incarnation as Etch-Your-Sketchoff. Over the years, the Comedy Night has helped launched the careers of Asian-Canadian stand-up comedians and sketch comedy troupes such as Assaulted Fish and Hot Sauce Posse.
The event is hosted by the original Comedy Night Host and funny-man Tom Chin (pictured on the poster), who has performed as part of Assaulted Fish and Hot Sauce Posse in the past. Celebrity judges include former Entertainment Tonight Canada correspondent Olivia Cheng and Jimmy Lee.
This year’s competing teams are:
- The Yangtzers
- SFUU MAN CHU
- Finguh Lickin Good
- Asians R’ We?
Wednesday May 29 + Thursday May 30, 8pm at the Roundhouse Community Arts Centre
Tickets: $20 in advance online (vact.ca), $23 at door (cash only at door)