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Comedy in Vancouver

Comedy in Vancouver

May is a great time for comedy in Vancouver! There is stand-up comedy with the Just for Laughs festival and theatresports-style shows at the Improv Centre.

Just for Laughs features well-known comedians at various venues from May 25th to 29th in 2022. If you like stand-up comedy, this is arguably the best week of the year to be in Vancouver! The Improv Centre at Granville Island also hosts great shows with local talent all year-long, including their new Kids in Charge family-friendly shows on Saturdays.


For tickets and full details about Vancouver’s annual comedy festival, see the Just for Laughs website. To learn about the comedy theatre on Granville Island, visit the Improv Centre‘s website.


Stand-up Comedy and Improv in Vancouver

The best places for stand-up comedy and improvisational theatre in Vancouver in May are venues hosting Just for Laughs shows and Granville Island’s Improv Centre. Just for Laughs is a festival featuring world-famous comedians for a week or so each year. The Improv Centre hosts a number of different theatresports-style shows on various nights of the week.

To learn more about each of these opportunities to laugh your guts out, either see our articles about the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and the Improv Centre or continue reading.


Just for Laughs in 2022

Just for Laughs is a comedy festival featuring dozens of performances in Vancouver. The festival was cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19 and related provincial health restrictions. Fortunately, Just for Laughs Vancouver returns with in-person performances during the month of May this year. That’s so awesome!

Shows in 2022 run from May 25th to 29th at various locations in Vancouver including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vogue Theatre and Rio Theatre. Some performances are family-friendly, while others are only intended for adults.

Comedians performing during the Just for Laughs Vancouver festival in 2022 include Trevor NoahJimmy O. Yang, Andrew Santino and many more.

For more information about the festival in general see our Just for Laughs Vancouver article. To buy tickets click Just for Laughs Vancouver Tickets.


Just for Laughs Vancouver


The Improv Centre in Vancouver

The Improv Centre hosts plenty of funny shows in the spring most years, and for the rest of the year too. The venue is located at 1502 Duranleau Street on Vancouver’s Granville Island.

After being closed for over a year due to COVID-19, the venue reopened in 2022. This year, the theatre offers an impressive selection of shows that are held on a regular basis.

One special show is Drag at The Improv. It runs on the second Thursday of each month, which means May 12th in 2022. The venue’s classic Theatresports shows happen every Friday and Saturday night and The Playground happens on Thursdays. Date Nights is a new series on Wednesdays starting on May 25th this year. Kids in Charge is the new name for the venue’s Saturday matinee family-friendly shows. Stand Up at The Improve happens every other Thursday.

To learn more about the shows see our article about Granville Island’s Improv Centre or visit theimprovcentre.ca.


Improv Centre


Other Information

To learn more about the above two opportunities to see live comedy, visit the Just for Laughs or Improv Centre websites.

For information about other places to enjoy comedy in the Lower Mainland, see our article about Rick Bronson’s House of Comedy in New Westminster.

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