5 reasons to attend a Northwest Comedy Fest show this weekend

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Vancouver’s funniest festival has kicked off, and features comedy talent from near and far to tickle your funnybone.

Northwest Comedy Fest is on from now until Feb 21, spanning the Valentine’s Day weekend. So grab your honey or your friends, and come down to get your laugh on. And who knows, maybe the love of your life will be chortling away at the next table over. Here are five reasons why this year’s Northwest Comedy Fest is an unmissable event on your social calendar.

First date jitters

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A sense of humour is always attractive, and laughter keeps the butterflies at bay. It’s a great way to break the ice, and the show will give you ample topics for conversation. Or, we expect, you might just be too busy laughing… Since you might not know your date’s comedy preferences well enough yet, we recommend a variety night: like the Industry Showcase at The Comedy Mix featuring the best and brightest of local talent, or throw caution to the wind and see John Mulaney close out the Fest February 21.

Valentine’s Day spice

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The oldest trick in the book – here’s a way to spice up your V-Day without the obligatory chocolates or roses. Add an instant memorable experience with your significant other by treating him/her to a romantic night on the town. Stay out of the cheesy and cliché by seeing to some of these sharp-witted acts espouse on love, life and everything else. Here are our recs for a good time for two: Ali Wong, Brian Posehn, Dana Gould or see The Notebook in Hecklevision at Vancity Theatre (where you can mock the movie in real time)!

The All-Stars: Comedy Royalty

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At what other time can you see so many well-known comedians in your hometown? Sure you can see YouTube clips and feature specials, but nothing beats seeing these funny men and women live. There’s a certain excitement that you can’t duplicate at home with a bunch of roaring and happy people, a natural high that leaves you beaming and light on your feet. This year’s most anticipated artists include: John Mulaney, Craig Ferguson, Moshe Kasher and Jay & Silent Bob Get Old.

Good for the soul, good for the brain

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Laughing is good for your brain, and many of this year’s comedians rely on smart laughs over easy ones. After all, there are only so many fart jokes one can take… right? We especially recommend Maria Bamford, one of the sharpest tacks in the box of this year’s festival!

Try Something New

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In our so-called No Fun City, the festival is a great chance to try something new! The festival is welcoming to both comedy newbies and veterans. It’s not weird, we’re all friends here! Seeing a stand up comedian might not be your typical night out, but laughter is infectious and you might find a new favourite activity to do with friends. We hear it’s very addicting once you get started!

Northwest Comedy Festival runs from February 12 to 21 across select festival venues. Tickets on sale here.

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