Brace yourself, because Ms. Cho is as rough-around-the-edges as ever, which is why we love her. Her new MOTHER show is all about how we look at strong moms in queer and straight culture – plus Cho lays out her thoughts on race, drugs, sexuality, celebrity, culture, and politics with deeply funny results.
Bob Saget — Friday, Feb. 15 at The Centre
We know Bob Saget from Full House and America's Funniest Home Videos, but his stand-up act, especially the HBO special That Ain't Right, brushes off his squeaky-clean TV past and shows off his dark comedy chops. He sells out all over the US when on tour – so make sure to catch him here if you can.
Kristen Schaal — Saturday, Feb. 9 at The Comedy Mix
Lovers of cult shows like Flight of The Conchords and 30 Rock know Schaal is wickedly funny. Her stand-up act won her the Andy Kaufman Award at the New York Comedy Festival, so expect plenty of oddball humour and big-time laughs.
Scott Aukerman — Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Vancouver Playhouse Theatre
Scott Aukerman hosts Comedy Bang Bang: The Podcast, a mash-up of interviews and silliness with famous comedians like Zach Galifianakis, David Cross and Andy Richter. Hint: when Aukerman was here last summer, he brought in surprise guests Sarah Silverman and Patton Oswalt . . . who knows what he has up his sleeve this time?
Martin Short Headlines the Opening Gala — Friday, Feb. 8 at The Centre
Does this comedy legend really need an intro? If you caught Short hosting SNL’s Christmas special a couple months ago, you know he’s as brilliantly funny as ever. Martin helps kick off the festival with an evening of sketch, stand-up, and music with eight of the best-of-the-fest comedians.
You're guaranteed to bust a gut at this year's Vancouver Comedy & Arts Fest
If you love to laugh, The Vancouver Comedy & Arts Fest, February 7-17, promises a star-studded list of A-list comedians and up-and-coming joke tellers that are masters of making you chuckle.
Comedy Fest takes place at multiple venues around the city, with stand-up shows, live podcasts, music, DJs, parties, and great hotel packages if you decide you want to be a tourist in your own town. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster locations and Comedyfest.com, so find them now before they're sold out. Keep an eye out for these five funny people.
Catherine Dunwoody is a regular contributor to BCLiving and TV Week, including penning the ‘TV Dinner’ column each week. She writes about style, travel, food, the arts, celebrities, décor, & more – for The Vancouver Sun, Nuvo, WestJet’s UP!, Flavours, The Globe & Mail, & Jetsetter. She’s held editor posts at LouLou, Real Weddings & FASHION magazine, and appears as a ‘lifestyle expert’ on CTV Morning Live, The Shopping Bags, and Global TV.
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