JFL NorthWest takes to the streets for a block party featuring food, comedy and music

Bill Burr appears at this year’s JFL NorthWest comedy festival.

JFL NorthWest is adding a block party to its 10-day comedy festival.

The block party takes place March 7-9 (Wed-Fri) from 5-10 p.m. at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza (695 Cambie St.). The outdoor party features a big screen, live music, food trucks, libations and even Victor, the Just for Laughs mascot. See below for more details.

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JFL NorthWest takes to the streets for a block party featuring food, comedy and music

Here comes the funny: some highlights of this year’s upcoming JFL NorthWest comedy festival

Nikki Glaser performs at this year’s JFL NorthWest.

The JFL NorthWest Comedy Festival is right around the corner. Some shows are sold-out, but there are still tickets left for some of the biggest names in comedy appearing in Vancouver March 1-10.

This is the comedy festival’s third year in Vancouver. Last year saw over 30,000 comedy fans coming out to see 100 professional laugh-getters at 25 venues in the Lower Mainland.

This year, some of the bigger shows include Bill Burr (tickets still left for the famously acerbic comic’s March 7 show at the Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.), Jo Koy (two shows March 7 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.), Maria Bamford (March 3 at the Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.), Brian Regan (March 5 at the Vogue), Mike Birbiglia (two shows, March 9 at the Vogue), and former SNL cast member/impressionist Jay Pharoah (March 10 at the Vogue).

Along with the theatre shows, the festival is hosting several showcases and comedy sets at smaller clubs and venues. Here’s a brief run-down of some of the comics, podcast hosts and special events coming to JFL NorthWest 2018.

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Here comes the funny: some highlights of this year’s upcoming JFL NorthWest comedy festival

18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Michele Merola’s MM Contemporary Dance performs at this year’s Chutzpah! Festival. Enrico Morelli photo.

Tickets go on sale today (Dec. 13) for the 18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival. Organizers have also announced the lineup for the festival, aka the Lisa Nemetz International Jewish Performing Arts Festival. The arts festival takes place Feb. 15-March 15 2018 at various venues, including the Norman Rothstein Theatre, Scotiabank Dance Centre, Rickshaw Theatre, and Fox Cabaret.

One of the highlights of the annual event is its Dance Series. This year’s Chutzpah! features some of the most sought-after contemporary choreographers in the world, along with theatre, comedy and music. Here are some highlights.

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18th Annual Chutzpah! Festival lineup announced

Card game makes fun of Vancouver traditions like _______ and __________.

The Fictionals committing Improv Against Humanity. Photo courtesy Zemekiss Photo.

One of Vancouver’s hardest-working improv troupes has released a new party game that makes fun (with love, of course) of our fair city.

Created by the Fictionals Comedy Co., Cards Against Vancouver is a spin-off of the hugely popular Cards Against Humanity game. The Fictionals recruited dozens of Vancouver comedians and comedy fans to create the game, which is free to download, print and play. And the troupe will officially launch the game Dec. 20 at the Rio Theatre (1660 E. Broadway) as part of its monthly show Improv Against Humanity.

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Second Jo Koy show added to JFL NorthWest lineup

Jo Koy

(Updated Dec. 12) This just in: JFL NorthWest has announced a second show by Jo Koy.

The festival headliner’s 7 p.m. performance on March 7 is sold out. Due to demand, tickets for a second show, at 9:30 p.m., went on sale earlier today (Dec. 12).

Other headliners include Trevor Noah, Maria Bamford, Brian Regan and Mike Birbiglia. All told, JFL NorthWest is presenting over 90 shows with over 100 comedians at over 30 venues.

In addition, this year’s JFL NorthWest introduces Vancouver to a new comedy film festival. And JFL NorthWest, in association with SiriusXM, highlights the best in local talent with the Best of the West Series.

The festival takes place March 1-10 2018 at various venues, including Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Rio Theatre, Biltmore Cabaret, ANNEX Theatre, Fox Cabaret, The Comedy Mix, and Yuk Yuk’s. Tickets, including singles and the new three-day pass, are on sale at jflnorthwest.com.

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Second Jo Koy show added to JFL NorthWest lineup

Toronto’s Bloody Marys, Portland’s Broke Gravy among this year’s Vancouver Improv Festival guests

Toronto’s The Bloody Marys.

Improvised TED Talks, naughty puppets, twisted sci-fi dystopia and more are on the docket of this year’s Vancouver International Improv Festival.

Out-of-town performers include The Future from Philadelphia, Broke Gravy from Portland, Rapid Fire Theatre from Edmonton. Local improv stars such as Hip.Bang! and The Fictionals are also taking part.

All told, the 19th edition of the festival, has 40 performances scheduled during its Oct. 11-14 on Granville Island. Here’s a look at some of the acts.

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Toronto’s Bloody Marys, Portland’s Broke Gravy among this year’s Vancouver Improv Festival guests

You can’t keep a good game show down — the return of Graham Clark’s Quiz Show

Graham Clark brings back The Quiz Show from “game-show hiatus.”

Graham Clark loves game shows. And so the Vancouver comedian is eager to once again present The Quiz Show, a live hybrid of American game show and British panel show.

Clark debuted in 2016 at the now sadly defunct Main Street gallery Hot Art Wet City. Originally a spoof on segments from game shows past, The Quiz Show grew to incorporate all original segments. Local comedians are the contestants, and do their best to make audience members laugh – and win prizes, of course. On Sept. 9, he’ll resurrect the show at the Fox Cabaret (2321 Main St.).

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You can’t keep a good game show down — the return of Graham Clark’s Quiz Show