Burr, Gadsby, Bamford among headliners at 2020 JFL Northwest comedy festival

Bill Burr is one of the headliners at the 2020 JFL Northwest comedy festival.

JFL Northwest, Vancouver’s Just for Laughs Festival, has announced its headliners for 2020. Now in its fifth year, the festival has lined up Bill Burr, Hannah Gadsby, Patton Oswalt, Margaret Cho, Maria Bamford, and many more.

The festival runs Feb. 13-25 at various venues. Pre-sale tickets began Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. General tickets go on sale this Friday, Dec. 6, at 10 a.m. at JFLNorthWest.com. For more about the fest and performers, including selected highlights, see below.

Besides stand-up performances, JFL Northwest includes improv, sketch comedy, and live podcast tapings.

Here are some highlights:

Bill Burr (Fri., Feb. 21 at 7 and 9:30 p.m., Queen Elizabeth Theatre, 630 Hamilton St.)—The famously acerbic American comic shot his sixth hour-long special this year. He’ll appear in an upcoming untitled Judd Apatow/Pete Davidson film alongside Marisa Tomei and is working on the fourth season of his animated Netflix series, F Is For Family. Of course, he has his own podcast, Bill’s Monday Morning Podcast.

Hannah Gadsby: Douglas (Mon., Feb. 24 and Tues. Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre, 601 Smithe St.)—Gadsby’s multi-award-winning stand-up show Nanette has put this Tasmanian comic on the world map of comedy. While Nanette took its name from a random barista, Douglas is apparently “a very specific dog,” according to the media release, “and the only thing they have in common is they’ve inspired Hannah to put pen to paper and turn out a show you couldn’t possibly expect.

Middleditch & Schwartz (Sat., Feb. 15 at 8:30 p.m., Orpheum Theatre)—Thomas Middleditch is an Emmy-nominated comedian and actor who can be seen on HBO’s Silicon Valley. Ben Schwartz is an Emmy award-winning writer, actor, and comedian whose credits include HBO’s House of Lies and NBC’s Parks and Recreation. Their two-man show is completely improvised.

Middleditch & Schwartz.

Patton Oswalt (Sat. Feb. 22 at 7 p.m., Queen Elizabeth Theatre)—The comedian, actor, voice actor and writer has been headlining at comedy clubs all over the world since 1996, as well as appearing in his own standup specials on Comedy Central and HBO. He has starred in the sitcom The King of Queens, opposite Charlize Theron in the film Young Adult, voiced Remy in the Pixar Academy Award-winning film, Ratatouille, and narrates the sitcom The Goldbergs, now in its seventh season.

How Did This Get Made? Live! (Sat. Feb. 22 at 9:30 p.m., Queen Elizabeth Theatre)—Paul Scheer (Black Monday, The League, Veep), Jason Mantzoukas (The Good Place, The League) and June Diane Raphael (Long Shot, Grace & Frankie) explore the best of the worst of cinema. On each episode of their award-winning podcast, How Did This Get Made? they gather with their funniest friends to comment on a cinematic nightmare. Recent subjects include the 1993 Madonna flick Body of Evidence and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives!

Maria Bamford (Fri., Feb. 14 at 7 p.m., Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St.)—An actress, voice actress, and writer, as well as a stand-up comic, Bamford has appeared on HBO’s Arrested Development, ABC’s Fresh off the Boat, and in the semi-autobiographical Netflix comedy series Lady Dynamite. She is revered for her deeply personal and experimental comedy about mental illness, and is the creator and star of Maria Bamford: The Special Special Special, as well as the cult, hit web series The Maria Bamford Show. Her voice acting credits include Talking Tom and Friends, BoJack Horseman, Adventure Time, Legend of Korra, Puss in Boots and PBS’s Emmy-winning series Word Girl. Her latest Netflix special is Old Baby.

Maria Bamford.

Other headliners include Margaret Cho, Maz Jobrani, Ronny Chieng, Brendan Schaub, Ron Funches, Justin Willman, and Tony Hinchcliffe.

For a complete line up of shows and comedians visit jflnorthwest.com.

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