UPDATED: Four shows you should be at this week

It’s that time of year again.  Your favourite comedy rooms are about to be taken over by corporate holiday parties.

Thankfully, that day is not yet upon us – there are a ton of great shows this week. Here are a few of our favourites:

1.

Vancouver Improv Fight Club presents: RUMBLE IN THE JUMBLE 2 

Cafe Deux Soleils, 2096 Commercial Drive

Tuesday, Dec. 11. Doors 7:30, show at 8

$5

From the Facebook event:

15 improvisers. 3 randomized teams. 1 evening of comedy mayhem.

Throughout 2012, The Fictionals Comedy Co. have been honoured to have some of Vancouver’s top improv troupes step into the Vancouver Improv Fight Club ring at Cafe Deux Soleils. As a thank you to them and all of our fans, we’ve invited representatives from each team along with some special guests to mix-it-up in our annual Christmas special, Rumble in the Jumble!

The premise is this: each improviser’s name will be placed into a hat and three 
randomized teams of five players will be drawn on the night of the battle royale. Each group will then have 15 minutes to elect a team captain, choose a team name, and to decide on an improv long-form they will perform later that evening.

The improvisers are:

Daniel Chai – The Fictionals (Host)
Graeme Duffy – Vancouver TheatreSports League
Diana Francis – Vancouver TheatreSports League
Jenn Perrin – The Fictionals / The Bobbers
Graham Myers – Second Storey Theatre
Brad Rossington – Second Storey Theatre
Nicole Passmore – Virginia Jack
Briana Rayner – Virginia Jack
Dan Dumsha – The Fictionals / The Bobbers
Allen Morrison – Vancouver TheatreSports League / Critical Hit Show
Kyle Fines – Dog & Pony Show / Hobos & Gentleman
Scott Patey – Vancouver TheatreSports League / Fancy Pants
Barbara Kozicki – The Fictionals
Francesca McDowell – Instant Theatre
Lauren McGibbon – Vancouver TheatreSports League / Fancy Pants / Critical Hit Show
Sarah Szloboda – Instant Theatre / Fancy Pants

2.

WHY? Standup at Tangent Cafe

Tangent Cafe, 2095 Commercial Drive

Thursday, Dec. 13. Show at 9pm.

Free.

From the Facebook event:

WHY? Stand-Up brings you a very special FREE event at Tangent Cafe on Commercial Drive.

We handpicked Vancouver’s top stand-ups and asked them to do this show. They then said, “yes” and that’s how this process works.

Here is your beautiful December 13th lineup: 

Ben McGinnis
Chris James
Adam Pateman
Ross Dauk
Warren Bates
Jacob Samuel

Host: Jordan Cohen

And if you haven’t tasted Tangent’s menu, you’re in for a treat. Come hungry and thirsty, and leave not hungry nor thirsty anymore. 

So come out and bring your pals. You’ll remember this moment for the rest of your life/week.

3.

Holiday Catalogue – Holiday Themed Yuckfest

The China Cloud, 524 Main Street

Thursday, Dec. 13. 9pm.

$10. All proceeds go to BC Children’s Hospital

From the Facebook event:

Dog & Pony Show present “Holiday Catalogue” a fantastic night of holiday themed comedy featuring, let’s be honest, some pretty funny folks. We got improv, we got sketch, we got holiday cheer coming out the ying yang. All proceeds will go to the BC Children’s Hospital. Charity and Laughter? What’s not to love? Are you dead inside?

Who?

Hobos and Gentlemen

Virginia Jack

Pump Trolley Comedy

Peter n’ Chris

+Surprise Guests

+Your hosts Kyle Fines and Brian Cook (Dog & Pony Show)

4.

PopComedy with Phil Hanley

PopUp Pizza, 646 Kingsway

Thursday, Dec. 13. Show at 9.

$5

From the Facebook event:

This is exciting! Bringing one of the hottest comics in North America to a small space to entertain you on a Thursday night! A former Vancouverite, Phil now makes his home in New York, and has multiple writing credits and television appearances on his resume! Don’t miss your chance to check out Phil and some other hot local comics in an intimate setting! 

Also on the show: 

MC: Brendan Bourque

John Beuhler
John Cullen
Will Fitzpatrick
Brennan Casey
Chris Dembiske

And more to be added!

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Four great shows on two wintry days. Why not treat yourself to some laughs this holiday season?

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