Vancouver comedy nerds can attest that the Hero Show definitively takes the top prize as the hub for alternative comedy in the city. The long-running spectacle, which takes place on the first Thursday of the month, is a showcase of familiar faces from all genres of Vancouver’s comedy scene, from comedians to improv artists. The event follows a strict format: performers go on stage alone to execute a monologue. But even though there’s one person performing at a time, this isn’t a stand-up show. In fact, that’s the only rule. The solo act must be performed as a made-up (and often bizarre) character, either in the form of a monologue, comedic musical performance or video short.