Why You Should Be Checking Out The Vancouver Comedy and Arts Fest

Throughout the years I have seen a plethora of concerts. From music to comedy, I have seen it all, or so I tell myself.

The thing that always excites me the most is the anticipation of experiencing a stand-up comedian. The reason is, being funny is something that you cannot fake.You cannot call it, you cannot show up two hours late, just act like an asshole, and then expect your audience to love you. You have to work for it, you have to love what you do and you have to put yourself out there.

For this reason, I get a certain level of nervousness flowing through me when I know a show is forthcoming. I worry for the artist and wonder if they will be good, or will they bomb.

With that in mind, this leads me into why I love the Vancouver Comedy and Arts Fest. It is a multi-day, multi-venue, multi-artist exploration into the funny. It gives me a few weeks of every year where I am literally a bag of anticipation. Not only do I get to deal with my comedy-nerves but I also get to anticipate seeing huge names, from the comedy world, perform in our wonderful city. I fucking love this time of year, it is almost better than Christmas.

This year’s lineup is beautiful. The festival organizers brought back Margaret Cho (Check out the review and photos from her visit last year – here), and topped it off with some belly-splitting laugh masters; Bob Saget, Martin Short, Marc Maron, Maria Bamford, Paul F Tompkins, Pete Holmes, Reggie Watts, Scott Aukerman, Tig Notaro, Andy Kindler, Baron Vaughn, Brendon Walsh, Jon Dore, and Kristen Schaal. Now that is a stellar lineup.

I wanna take a second and looks at three of the headliners.

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Margaret Cho

To say she is just a funny woman, would be misleading, because she is funnier than the majority of her male counterparts. At one point during her show last year, she had her pants pulled down, and she was manipulating her ass cheeks to have them engage in conversation with one another. I mean, that is commitment to a bit. Outside of that bit of comedy, her set was personal, as all comedy should be. She didn’t come across fake or big or trying too hard, she was just amaze-balls.

Here she is talking about Britney and Periods.


Bob Saget

Everyone knows his legacy. He was the happy, smiling dad from TV’s Full House and the host of America’s Funniest Home Videos, who went has more recently been known as the rude-as-shit standup comedian. And I don’t mean he has a little cussing in his shtick. I mean he is a genuinely sick and twisted person and he uses the stage as a place to take the audience on a wild ride through his filthy mind. This is why I love this man. He has the same sense of humor as I do, willing to say anything and everything, and willing to go anywhere required to make a joke shock the living shit out of you. You need to see this man perform, live.

Here he is talking about AFHV submission tapes.

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Martin Short

This man is a ball of comedic energy on the verge of exploding into another big bang. He has been making us laugh for the better part of 40 years. From his humble beginnings on the Canadian sketch comedy SCTV, to his reign on the big screen, to his various stage personas, this guy is a one-man-wrecking-machine. I was able to see him on stage in Vancouver, about 8 years ago, or so. His show was clean but intense. The level of energy he brings with him is unbelievable. He has been a hero of mine for a few decades, I am always proud to call this man Canadian.

Here he is on SNL, doing what he does best.

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