Just for Laughs Vancouver’s Comedy Festival Returns in February

Vogue Theatre, Photo: Rick Chung/YVArcade

The eighth annual Just For Laughs (JFL) Vancouver returns in the new year with shows scheduled from February 15 to 24. Western Canada’s biggest comedy festival will hit stages at multiple venues across the city in 2024 for ten hilarious days of star-powered international and local stand-up comedians, live podcasts, improv shows, and sketch performances.

Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Photo: JFL Vancouver

Comedy Lineup

This year’s JFL Vancouver lineup features a mix of fan-favourite comedians and emerging stars you may already know from TikTok or YouTube, alongside hilarious hosts of today’s most downloaded podcasts.

Also joining are some of today’s prominent international stand-up comedians from Egypt, Mexico, Australia, the UK and Brazil, who will also perform in various languages. There will also be showcases of vibrant comedic voices from across Canada, including rising talent from Vancouver, with additional artist reveals in the coming weeks.

Notable comedians already announced include Wanda Sykes, Marlon Wayans, Bassem Youssef, Kathy Griffin, Nicole Byer, Catherine Cohen, Chris Redd, Aparna Nancherla, Joel Kim Booster, Annie Lederman, and many more.

Sophie Buddle, Photo: JFL Vancouver

Standout Shows

Patti Harrison @ Vogue Theatre – Feb. 17

Fresh off the Sundance hit comedy Theater Camp, the Independent Spirit Award-nominated actress recently performed to rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a sold-out residency at London’s famed Soho Theatre.

Ben Schwartz & Friends @ Orpheum Theatre – Feb. 18

The comic actor and voice of Sonic the Hedgehog will be joined on stage by some of his comedian friends when he performs a collaborative comedy show that promises to surprise and delight audiences. Prepare for anything, as Schwartz is known for his sharp improv skills and quick wit.

Andrea Jin @ Biltmore Cabaret – Feb. 18

Vancouver’s own Juno Award-winning stand-up comes home after moving to Los Angeles last year. The Shanghai-born comedian recently made her first late night television debut on The Late Late Show with James Corden and was selected as a New Face at the JFL Montreal Festival in 2021.

Vogue Theatre, Photo: JFL Vancouver

Bill Burr Live @ Rogers Arena – Feb. 23

The Emmy and Grammy-nominated comedian continues his world tour of arenas and amphitheatres throughout North America and Europe when he visits Vancouver. He also recently made history as the first comedian to perform at Fenway Park in his hometown of Boston.

This Is That Live @ Vogue Theatre – Feb. 24

Hosts Pat Kelly and Peter Oldring introduce you to the voices and stories that give our country character in a 100% improvised, satirical send-up of public radio, society, and Canadian culture.

Ronny Chieng: The Love To Hate It Tour @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Feb. 24

See The Daily Show correspondent and Crazy Rich Asians star perform his trademark brand of humour focused on the Asian immigrant experience best exemplified in his popular Netflix stand-up comedy special Asian Comedian Destroys America.

Photo: JFL Vancouver

Founded in 1983, Just For Laughs’ many worldwide festivals, from Montréal – the biggest comedy event in the world – to Austin, London, Sydney, Australia and more, feature thousands of Canadian and international comedians every year, from well-established artists to aspiring up-and-comers.

Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 1, starting at 10am on JFL’s website.

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