10 Vancouver comedy events to check out in January

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Time to start working on that New Year’s resolution to laugh more! Grab a friend and check out the top 10 Vancouver comedy events this month.

Teenage Dirtbag

Hosted by stand-up comic and New Yorker cartoonist Jacob Samuel. Explore the follies of youth with Jane Stanton, Adam Pateman, Katie-Ellen Humphries, Ivan Decker, Brent Constantine and Stefan MacNeil.

When: January 16 at 8 p.m.
Where: HOT ART Wet City, 2206 Main Street
Tickets: $6-10, available here

Debra DiGiovanni

Debra DiGiovanni

Image: Debra DiGiovanni

Debra DiGiovanni’s is a three-time winner of the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Her sharp yet playful delivery is a mainstay at Just For Laughs, CBC’s The Debaters, and Much’s Video On Trial. Digiovanni’s humour and charm lies in her unflinching honest and openess, as well as her rapid-fire delivery.

When: January 28 at 8:30 p.m., January 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Where: Comedy Mix – 1015 Burrard Street
Tickets: $20 plus tax, available here

Instant Theatre at Havana

Instant Theatre has expanded their comedy lineup at Havana Theatre for the new year. Now you can catch improv at Havana on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, with a rotating cast of shows featuring groups like National Anthem and Random Encounter Table, and events like Cagematch and Street Fight.

When: Every Friday and Saturday at 10:30 p.m. (starting January 23), Every Sunday at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Where: Havana Theatre – 1212 Commercial Drive
Tickets: $8-10, available here

Ring A Ding Dong Dandy

Classic wrestling matches get fresh live commentary by comedians and wrestling fans Graham Clark and Ryan Beil. Don’t know a Backbreaker from a Brainbuster? Let Clark and Beil guide you into the strange and beautiful world of pro wrestling.

When: January 18 at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Little Mountain Gallery – 195 East 26 Avenue
Tickets: $8, available here

2016 Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival

Peter and Chris

Image: Peter n’ Chris

The Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival is back for a third year of top notch comedy from home and away. For three nights Studio 1398 and the Waterfront Theatre will be filled with laughter as the best scripted comedy from all over North America comes to play.

When: January 14 at 8 p.m., January 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Where: Studio 1398 – 1398 Cartwright Street and Waterfront Theatre – 1412 Cartwright Street
Tickets: $13-22, available here

Mashed Poetics #73 TV Theme Songs Redux

Mashed Poetics is a night of music and spoken word mash up, with this month’s show featuring TV Theme Songs. Some of Vancouver finest poets perform over themes from Last Week Tonight, Game of Thrones, Kids in the Hall and more.

When: January 29 at 9 p.m.
Where: 7 Dining Lounge – 53 West Broadway
Tickets:
$10, available here

Rape is Real and Everywhere: A Comedy Show

Rape is Real and Everywhere is what happens when comedians who have survived rape share their experience and joke it out. Prepare yourself for hilarity, cathartic honesty and old-fashioned vulnerability. Produced and performed by Heather Jordan Ross and Emma Cooper and featuring Randee Neumeyer, Mark Hughes, Vanessa Woznow, Amanda Smith, and Kathleen McGee.

When: January 21 at 8 p.m.
Where:
HOT ART Wet City, 2206 Main Street
Tickets: $10, available here

Third Thursday Cabaret with Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Third Thursday Cabaret

Image: Dusty Flowerpot Cabaret

Third Thursday Cabaret is an open stage for established and/or up-and-coming artists to showcase new works and test out new material in front of an eager audience. The show is uncurated, based on first-come, first-served, so you’ll never know what’s coming up next.

When: January 21 at 8 p.m.
Where
: Dusty Flower Pot – 2050 Scotia Street
Tickets:
$12-15, available here

Happy 130 Vancouver at Off Leash

Through January and February, join Vancouver TheareSports League as they celebrate Vancouver’s 130th birthday with the city’s top comedians, personalities and improvisers. Each Wednesday will feature a special guest chosen from the artists, comedians and personalities who contribute to making Vancouver such an amazing place.

When: Every Wednesday at 9:15 p.m.
Where: The Improv Centre — 1502 Duranleau Street
Tickets: $10, available here

Colin Kane

A born and bred New Yorker, Colin Kane has been laying the comedy smackdown on packed houses since 2002. Kane has showcased his acidic brand of humour all over North America and as far away as Norway and Sweden. He also appeared in The Wedding Ringer with Kevin Hart and Josh Gad.

When: January 29 and 30 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Where:
Yuk Yuks – 2837 Cambie Street
Tickets:
$19.05 plus tax, available here

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Daniel Chai Daniel Chai is a freelance writer and photographer, as well as a comedian who can be seen on various stages around Vancouver. He plans to one day host his own late-night talk show.
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