Funniest Person in Vancouver? Vote for the People’s Champ of Comedy

Vancouver has a reputation for a lot of great things: beautiful beaches and mountains; incredible cuisine; rich, multicultural heritage.

But killer comedy?

This summer, the city will try to prove that it’s one of Canada’s standup powerhouses with the People’s Champ of Comedy competition – the country’s biggest independent comedy contest.

For the next two months, 60 competitors will face off at bars and clubs around the city for the title of Vancouver’s funniest person.  And you’ll be the judge.

Taking a cue from American Idol and other reality TV contests, the People’s Champ of Comedy lets audience members vote on the best comics.  Contestants must make their way through multiple preliminary rounds before moving on to the finals and a shot at the big prize: $20,000 and the title of Vancouver’s funniest person.

So where can you watch Vancouver’s next Jerry Seinfelds square off?

From now through Aug. 2, the People’s Champ of Comedy is holding preliminary rounds at the Kingston Taphouse and Grill (Mondays at 9 p.m.), the Corner Pub (Tuesdays at 9 p.m.), the Kozmik Zoo (Wednesdays at 9 p.m.) and the Sin Bin Sports Grill (Thursdays at 9 p.m.).

Semi-finals take place at Vancouver’s Rio Theatre on Aug. 11 and Aug. 18 at 9 p.m.   And the grand finale is at downtown’s Edgewater Casino on Aug. 25 at 9 p.m.

The 60 competitors range from amateurs with big dreams to some of the country’s top comedians, including Graham Clark, Charlie Demers and Trevor Boris.  Some comics have even appeared on the Conan O’Brien Show and had their own comedy specials.

But the real wildcards are the armchair comics – undiscovered talent and local funny guys who may never have been on stage but know how to crack a joke.

The People’s Champ of Comedy was started in 2008 by local comedian Patrick Maliha as a way of getting people interested in standup during the summer months – when Vancouverites are more likely to be found on waterfront patios than in dark comedy rooms.

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