The Vancouver Comedy and Arts Festival kicked off last week. But if you missed Martin Short, Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts and other great shows, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of great comics coming up, including Bob Saget, Margaret Cho and Marc Maron.
Here’s a rundown of who you can still see.
Unfortunately, both of Maria Bamford‘s shows (Feb 12 and 13) at the Comedy Mix are sold-out. But there are still tickets for Live From New York (Feb 13). The Yuk Yuk’s (2833 Cambie St.) show features Big Apple comics Mark Normand, Sam Morril, Carmen Lynch, Gary Vider and Joe List.
From Feb 14 – Feb 16, Sean Cullen takes over Yuk Yuk’s with the multi-comic extravaganza Sean Cullen Circus. The veteran Canadian improv comic will host a show that also features Brendon Walsh (Thurs.), Phil Hanley (Fri.), Andy Kindler (Sat.) and more.
Fans of the TV shows Full House and America’s Funniest Home Videos will recognize Bob Saget from his role as Danny Tanner in the former and the host in the latter. Saget has another, more R-rated side as a stand-up comic; his more-than-profane version of an old joke stole the show from fellow comics like Bill Maher and Sarah Silverman in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats. On Feb 15, at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts (777 Homer St.), Saget hosts “My Nasty Valentine” with a bunch of other comics. It probably won’t reach the highs – or lows – of his routine in The Aristocrats, but the show won’t be suitable for families, either.
Margaret Cho fans already have their tickets for the American comic’s Feb. 17 show at the Centre. Her latest show is called “Mother,” which alone is enough to excite those who have seen Cho’s famous impression of her Korean-American mom. Vancouver’s own musical comedy duo the Wet Spots open.
And if you miss Marc Maron‘s live podcast at Venue (881 Granville) Feb. 17, you can see him do a full set of stand-up at Venue the next night, Feb. 18. Expect an evening of sharp, acerbic social commentary.
For tickets to all shows visit ticketmaster.ca.