There are many classic comedy routines, but none is more lauded than the one in which someone walks toward a banana peel and places it in the garbage. Enjoy throwaway gags with this GrouponLive deal to the Vancouver International Improv Festival at Performance Works on Granville Island. For $25, you get a comedy package for two (up to a $48.18 total value). The package includes:
- Two general-admission evening tickets, valid for both the 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. shows (up to a $44.18 value, including all fees)
- Two sodas or bottles of water (a $4 value)
Choose from the following performance dates:
- Tuesday, October 30
- Wednesday, October 31
- Thursday, November 1
- Friday, November 2
- Saturday, November 3
See the schedule for performance information for each date.
At the 13th annual Vancouver International Improv Festival, performers from across the globe and around the corner keep the Performance Works space bustling with sketch comedy and expertly winged long-form improv. A score of groups from faraway lands such as Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle invade Granville Island with ad hoc ensembles of international performers as well as groups that know each other’s acting styles and favourite fake accents by heart.
Tuesday draws shame-faced laughs from hindsight as Teen Angst Improv spins scenes out of readings from real-life old journals and poems. On Wednesday, Instant Theatre’s Zombie Apocalypse invents a half-hour zombie-escape picture. They’re paired with the loons of Seattle’s Blood Squad, who milk horror-movie clichés for dark comedy. Friday features showdowns of short sketches and games from both Philadelphia’s id-driven Amie and Kristen and the wildly popular 11-piece Toronto ensemble of the Bad Dog Theatre Company.
This year’s International Ensemble assembles an all-star cast of heavy-hitters who have spent the prior week caged together to prepare. The group first explodes with pent-up silliness on Wednesday, then closes out Sunday night along with New York’s Magnet Theatre Touring Company and, appropriately, The Sunday Service, who recently scored the Canadian Comedy Award for Best Comedy Troupe.
Vancouver International Improv Festival
The members of Instant Theatre founded the Vancouver International Improv Festival to not only bring performers from across the globe together, but to also spotlight fresh comedy around the corner. Improvisers from faraway lands such as Toronto, Los Angeles, New York, and Seattle share the stage with Vancouver natives, performing in their own troupes and mixing into ad-hoc ensembles for memorable sketches. The week culminates with a super-group performance by the International Ensemble—a group of participating artists that forms for one week only to tackle new forms and forge new collaborations.