The Global ComedyFest corrals some of the best and brightest comedians on the international circuit into Vancouver for a marathon of laughs, fun, and moderately uncomfortable first dates. Big names such as zany former MTV staple Tom Green perform alongside up-and-comers in more than 30 performances throughout the festival. Eschew the everyday monodimensional comedy with a combination stand-up and comedy 3-D video show featuring Canada's own Reza Peyk, Jy Harris, and Gary Fong, or opt for a night of “it’s funny because it’s true” laughs at the Gerry Dee show. The Edge of the Fest performance pushes the festival’s edgiest artists to the limits of social acceptability, while the Best of the Fest showcases top comedians such as Greg Behrendt and Peter Chao.
NYP Restaurant & Bar's culinary masterminds concoct cuisine ranging from hand-tossed pizzas slathered with homemade sauce to gourmet Angus burgers grilled to customer specifications. Working in tandem with bartenders, the chefs complement each tomato-topped pie or pasta dish with craft cocktails and 20 different signature martinis such as the Tsunami––a surge of coconut rum, vodka, peach schnapps, blue curacao, pineapple juice, and mist. They also serve local craft beers. For some mealtime entertainment, TVs located in the bar and in the restaurant show local sports teams such as the Seahawks and Sounders.
The subterranean restaurant and jazz club serves up an eclectic menu of international fare to the tunes of a nearly nightly rotating lineup of some of the best sounds to drift into the Vancouver atmosphere. The club, which has hosted the big-named likes of Les McCann, David “Fathead” Newman, and Joey Defrancesco, alongside lesser-known local artists, is currently celebrating 10 years under the ownership of saxophonist Cory Weeds. Visit the dimly lit destination with a cat, chickadee, or square-shaped human to see upcoming guests and New York jazz scenesters, the Le Boeuf Brothers, or the Dan Reynolds Trio, featuring new compositions by its eponymous pianist. You can find a full calendar of upcoming shows here.