Comedian Max Amini slapshots back to Vancouver

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Actor and comedian Max Amini heats up fall 2015 with fast­-selling shows and a featured role on Rob Schneider’s “Real Rob.”

Recently honoured by Canada’s Department of Multiculturalism, Amini will bring a sizzling set of all-new material to Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre on September 19.

Earlier this year, Amini disappointed his fans; selling out his February 7 show at the Vancouver Playhouse a month ahead of time, hundreds of loyal Amini lovers couldn’t get in. And that was a problem. The American comedian quickly discovered that his Vancouver fan base had grown as his singular brand of observational comedy has touched a nerve north of the border.

With 300,000 Facebook followers, over 4,000,000 views on YouTube and an expanding international following, Amini is in the habit of delivering, and never likes to disappoint. So, a return trip to the city was in order. From the stage at that sold-out show, he told the audience when they see him next, it would be on a much grander scale. Making good on his promise, Amini is returning to Vancouver for a one-night-only performance at the historic Orpheum Theatre.

“That enthusiasm and love is what gives me the encouragement to go ‘You know what?’ These guys are so amazing here, this city is so awesome, that I will come back and give them everything I’ve got,” Amini says.

Giving everything he’s got means creating a set of all new material, specifically for the night and booking the magnificent 2,780 capacity venue.

Built in 1927, the Orpheum has a rich performing arts history. A heritage site, the Orpheum first opened as a vaudeville theatre, transitioned to a movie house and is now the permanent home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. In performing at the Orpheum, Amini joins a prestigious roster of artists who over the years have included Charlie Chaplin, Frank Sinatra and more recently, fellow comedian Conan O’Brien.

Testing out the stage, Amini says it feels different to other venues. “It makes a statement. For me, as a performer, I feel so amazing to be on that stage.”

Although Amini shares an Iranian heritage with much of his audience, his appeal cuts across diverse ages and backgrounds. Trained in theatre and film at UCLA, there is an elegant ease about his performance. A natural storyteller, he is one of the rare comedians with an uncanny ability to elevate everyday observations into comedy gold. He is also known for his spontaneity and being quick on his feet.

No two shows are quite the same–something he is very proud of and has worked hard to refine over the years.

After his sold out show in February, Amini was surprised onstage in Toronto by Richmond Hill candidate Michael Parsa where Parsa acknowledged his contribution to the arts; presenting him with a special recognition from the Canadian Minister of Multiculturalism.

There is another reason September 19 at the Orpheum will be exciting for Amini. It happens to be his birthday. He can think of no better way to celebrate than by giving Vancouver the show they deserve.

Follow Amini on Instagram to catch build-up buzz and behind-the-scenes glimpses surrounding this special show: @maxcomedian #VanCityMax

Max Amini in Vancouver

When: Saturday, September 19

Where: Orpheum Theater, 601 Smithe St, Vancouver

Time: 8 to 10 p.m.

Tickets: Available for purchase online here.

 

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