JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Andy Kindler

Andy Kindler hosts The Alternative Show Feb. 24 & 25 at the Rio Theatre as part of JFL Northwest 2017.

Andy Kindler might be considered a comedian’s comedian, if so many comedians wouldn’t just as soon see him retire.

Actually, “retire” might be too weak of a word. When you’re as critical of your fellow comics as Kindler is – folks like Adam Carolla, Bill Maher and Dane Cook have been recipients of his on- and off-stage barbs – then you’re bound to make some enemies.

Besides his stand-up routines, Kindler is also known for his annual state-of-the-industry address at Just for Laughs in Montreal, as well as for hosting Hulu’s stand-up series, Coming to the Stage. He’s done voicework for Bob’s Burgers and played a fictional version of himself in the series Maron. At this year’s JFL Northwest comedy festival, Kindler will host the Alternative Show (Feb. 24 & 25) at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway St.), which features a lineup of favourites from the festival. Among other things, we asked the L.A.-based stand-up about how he handles awkward backstage encounters with fellow comedians.

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JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Andy Kindler

Updated: sing along with ‘Rebel Rebel’ and other David Bowie tributes in Vancouver

The loss of David Bowie has left a void in the hearts of many. To commemorate both his death and birth – Bowie was born Jan 8 1947 and died on Jan 10 last year – Vancouver musicians and music fans are paying tribute to the late British rock star this month with events devoted to his music.

Update: we have added three more events, Impromptu Rock Choir’s three-night Bowie singalong.

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Updated: sing along with ‘Rebel Rebel’ and other David Bowie tributes in Vancouver

Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend: January 5, 2017

Happy 2017! It’s time to dig yourself out of the pile of cheese rinds, chocolate wrappers and wine bottles (if you want, I’m not judging) and head out for the first weekend of the year. ‘Tis the season for outdoor ice skating – either at Robson Square or up on Grouse Mountain, the holiday lights are still up at Capilano Suspention Bridge, and the Vancouver Italian Film Festival begins.

 

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Things To Do In Vancouver This Weekend: January 5, 2017

It’s Just Drag! Vancouver Drag Queens with RuGirls Roxxy Andrews and Naomi Smalls

By Kendell Yan

Vancouver, start your engines and may the best woman win! If you’re still reeling from the holiday hooplah, whether it be from one too many narrowly escaped political discussions with extended family members, that turkey induced food baby you’re still trying to work out, or the hangover from a year that just wouldn’t quit (thanks, 2016 but it’s gonna be a no for me), head to the Commodore on January 13th for It’s Just Drag! to help kick your year off right.

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It’s Just Drag! Vancouver Drag Queens with RuGirls Roxxy Andrews and Naomi Smalls

JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Iliza

Comedian Iliza plays the Vogue Theatre Feb. 17 as part of JFL Northwest.

Big things are coming in 2017 from Iliza. The comedian, born Iliza Shlesinger in Dallas in 1983, already has three Netflix specials and her first headlining theatre tour (along with countless nightclub appearances) to her name.

But the new year will add a talk show and a book to the resumé of the 2008 (and, so far, only female) winner of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. More theatre dates are also coming, including an appearance Feb. 17 at the Vogue Theatre (918 Granville St.) in Vancouver as part of the JFL Northwest comedy festival (Feb. 16-25). We chatted with the Dallas-born, L.A.-based comic about leaving politics out of her stand-up, fan-made swag, and keeping her dog Blanche warm on tour.

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JFL Northwest comedy festival profiles – Iliza

Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: December 29, 2017

That was certainly a year. Hang in there – it’s almost over! All hard things things aside, this weekend be thankful for your triumphs and for all the good things that came or endured in 2016. Ring in hope for 2017 at one of Vancouver’s many events – there’s several ways to catch the fireworks, there’s family fun, cocktail parties, lively DJ nights, and even some parties that veer on the wild side.

 

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Things to Do in Vancouver this Weekend: December 29, 2017

Where to watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Vancouver on December 31

NYE Vancouver 2016

Image by Jenn Chan from the Inside Vancouver Flickr Pool

Still not sure what you’re doing this New Year’s Eve in Vancouver? We know somewhere that will help you end the night with a BANG! For the second year in a row, Vancouver will be offering a free, public New Year’s Eve celebration in the heart of downtown that concludes with a huge fireworks display at midnight.

Featuring live music, over 20 food trucks, an early family fireworks display, and lots of excitement, Concord’s New Year’s Eve celebration on December 31, 2016 is the best way to ring in 2017.

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Where to watch the New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Vancouver on December 31