Live Review: Just For Laughs Vancouver presents Patton Oswalt @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver – February 24th 2023

Live Review: Just For Laughs Vancouver presents Patton Oswalt @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver – February 25th 2023

Last night, on the final day of the Just For Laughs Vancouver festival, the audience at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre was treated to an unforgettable performance by veteran comedian and actor, Patton Oswalt. Oswalt’s set covered a range of topics that had the audience in stitches from start to finish.

He regaled the audience with story of his recent surgical experience that left everyone laughing uncontrollably. His ability to paint such a clear picture with his words and to take the audience on a journey with him was truly impressive.

What also stood out about Oswalt’s performance was his ability to handle hecklers. When a few individuals tried to disrupt his performance, Oswalt expertly shut them down with his quick wit and comedic timing, leaving the audience even more impressed. It’s no easy feat to handle hecklers, but Oswalt made it look effortless.

Oswalt’s set also included some crowd work, which is not something he typically does in his shows. However, it turned out to be one of the highlights of the night. His interactions with a few people including a video game lawyer and a very excited Grouse Mountain employee were hilarious and showcased his ability to think on his feet and make the most out of unexpected moments.

For those unfamiliar with Patton Oswalt, he has been entertaining audiences for over two decades with his unique comedic style. He has released multiple comedy specials and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows. Oswalt is known for his ability to blend sharp wit and absurdity with a touch of darkness, tackling a range of topics from politics and pop culture to personal experiences and observations.

One of the topics Oswalt covered during his set was how high school musicals have changed from when he was a kid to now with his kids’ experience. He took the audience on a hilarious journey through his experience with high school musicals during his time in school, it was a constant flow of hearty belly laughter from the whole theatre.

Overall, Oswalt’s performance on the final day of the Just For Laughs Vancouver festival was a testament to his comedic talent. He showcased his well-thought-out writing style and storytelling ability, keeping the audience captivated from start to finish. Oswalt’s ability to handle hecklers and engage in crowd work only added to his already impressive repertoire. It’s no wonder why he’s considered one of the best comedians of our time.

Andrea Jin, the opener for Oswalt, also delivered a solid performance. Her jokes were playful and well-written, covering topics such as older generations hoarding rice, the benefits of growing up as an only child under China’s one-child policy, and being newly open about her bisexuality. While she did fumble a few jokes it added to her awkwardly-sweet delivery style, adding to the charm of her set. It’s clear that Jin has a bright future ahead of her in the comedy world.

The Just For Laughs Vancouver festival, which ran from February 18th to the 25th, featured a wide range of talented comedians from all over the world. The festival provided a platform for both established and up-and-coming comedians to showcase their talents and connect with audiences.

What made the festival stand out was its commitment to diversity and inclusion. The festival featured comedians from various backgrounds and cultures, giving audiences a chance to experience comedy from different perspectives. This commitment to diversity and inclusion is what sets the Just For Laughs Vancouver festival apart and makes it an important event in the comedy world.

Check out our recent phone interview with Patton Oswalt, conducted just ahead of the festival.

Thank you to Just For Laughs Vancouver for having us out.

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