Hot tub anniversary machine – Vancouver’s monthly live talent show celebrates 9 years of hilarity

For nine years, Talent Time has been giving a home to stray talent. In the fine old tradition of vaudeville and the Carol Burnett Show, the monthly live variety show has hosted comedians, singers, clowns, jugglers – you name it.

For its upcoming ninth-year celebration, Thursday Feb. 2, Talent Time is doing something it hasn’t done before – bringing a hot tub onto its stage.

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Hot tub anniversary machine – Vancouver’s monthly live talent show celebrates 9 years of hilarity

Moving, funny You Will Remember Me explores memory, identity and youthful idealism

Kevin McNulty and Sereana McNulty in You Will Remember Me. Tim Matheson photo.

For people whose lives and families have been touched by dementia, You Will Remember Me is bound to hit a chord.

A personal and moving play from Quebec playwright Francois Archambault, You Will Remember Me has won acclaim in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. Beginning this week, Vancouver’s Ruby Slippers theatre company is remounting their version, which was a hit in 2015 at the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, at Gateway Theatre (6500 Gilbert Rd., Richmond) Feb. 2 – Feb. 11.

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Moving, funny You Will Remember Me explores memory, identity and youthful idealism

JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Colin Quinn

A dependable TV presence since his days anchoring Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, Colin Quinn is an acerbic Irish-American comedian who can currently be seen on the HBO hit Girls as well as in two specials on Netflix, Unconstitutional and the Jerry Seinfeld-directed Colin Quinn: The New York Story. Recently, he played Amy Schumer’s character’s father in the movie Trainwreck.

Quinn is bringing his latest show, now titled (see below) Wrong Side of History, to the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) Feb. 23 and 24 as part of the JFL NorthWest comedy fest. We talked to Quinn about his new show, his web series Cop Show, and working with Girls’ Lena Duham.

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JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Colin Quinn

This Sunday – Illuminating La La Land at Vancouver Int’l Film Centre

Love La La Land? Join Vancouver film scholar Michael van den Bos this Sunday for a discussion of movie musicals.

Inspired by the current Hollywood sensation starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, van den Bos’ talk is entitled Illuminating La La Land: The Lyrical Legacy of Movie Musicals. In particular, van den Bos will look at the golden era of Hollywood musicals, from the 1930s through the 1950s. As part of the Sunday, Jan 29 programming, van den Bos will present clips from classic flicks featuring top names like Fred Astaire, Frank Sinatra, Cyd Charisse, et al. Following the presentation, the Vancouver International Film Centre will screen two films said to have influenced La La Land.

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This Sunday – Illuminating La La Land at Vancouver Int’l Film Centre

JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Nate Bargatze

Marc Maron has called Nate Bargatze a “comic who should be big” and Jim Gaffigan called him “one of the top up and coming comics.” The Tennessee born-and-raised comedian, known for his deadpan demeanour, has appeared multiple times on Conan and was one of the first comedians to perform on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. Bargatze has also performed at festivals such as Bonnaroo, SXSW, and Moontower; appeared on three episodes of Maron’s celebrated WTF podcast; and performed for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait over five times.

Bargatze has also released an album, Yelled At By A Clown, and a comedy special, Full Time Magic. Bargatze is in Vancouver with the JFL NorthWest comedy festival Feb. 18, when he’ll perform at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755  Prince Edward St.).

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JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Nate Bargatze

JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Chris D’Elia

Television viewers will recognize Chris D’Elia from the NBC comedy series, Undateable, as well as starring opposite Whitney Cummings on NBC’sWhitney. Stand-up comedy fans will know him from his myriad club, theatre, and late-night talk show appearances.

His most recent standup special, Incorrigible, hit on Netflix in 2015, and followed-up his first one-hour Comedy Central special, White Male Black Comic. His numerous other TV credits include Comedy Central’s 2015 roast of Justin Bieber, Comedy Central’s Workaholics, and Comedy Central Presents, as well as TBS’s Glory Daze and Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy.

We talked to the Los Angeles-based comic about his upcoming appearance at the JFL NorthWest comedy festival, where he’ll perform two shows Feb 24 at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.).

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JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Chris D’Elia

JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Jon Dore

Jon Dore plays the Comedy Mix as part of JFL Northwest.

Jon Dore is one of Canada’s most successful comedy exports. The Ottawa-born, L.A.-based comic is a regular on the late-night talk show circuit and the host of Funny As Hell on the Movie Network. Other credits include The Jon Dore Television Show (The Comedy Network,  2007-2009),the ABC-TV series How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life), and appearances on Live At Gotham, How I Met Your Mother and Inside Amy Schumer. Feature film credits include the indie drama Gus, and the comedy film Stag.

Dore, whose unique bait-and-switch comedic style has made him a favourite on the comedy club and festival circuit in Canada and the U.S., appears at the Comedy Mix Feb. 24 & 25 as part of the JFL NorthWest comedy festival. We talked to the comedian about funny cities, Google searches and his favourite band.

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JFL NorthWest comedy profiles – Jon Dore