Laughter has healing power, especially after you’ve watched a sad film or seen a sad person fall down. Laugh at a professional with this GrouponLive deal to see select Vancouver Comedy & Arts Fest performances at The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts. Choose between the following options:
- For $25, you get one G-Pass for upper-balcony seating to see the Opening Gala hosted by Martin Short on Friday, February 8, at 7 p.m. (up to a $48.50 value, including all fees).
- For $24, you get one G-Pass for upper-balcony seating to see “My Nasty Valentine” hosted by Bob Saget on Friday, February 15, at 8 p.m. (up to a $45.75 value, including all fees).
- For $23, you get one G-Pass for upper-balcony seating to see Marget Cho’s “MOTHER” on Saturday, February 16, at 8 p.m. (up to a $44.25 value, including all fees).<p>
Doors open one hour before showtime. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call.
Opening Gala hosted by Martin Short (February 8)
Even though legendary comedian and Order of Canada member Martin Short has two stars on Canada’s Walk of Fame, he deserves a galaxy more for all of the characters he’s created. Throughout his decades-long career, the veteran showman’s alter egos—including Jiminy Glick, Ed Grimley, Nathan Thurm, and razzle-dazzle Jackie Rogers, Jr.—have all taken on lives of their own. Recently seen in his reinvigorating performance on Saturday Night Live, Martin Short’s comedic genius is simply tireless and sharper than ever. For the Opening Gala, the magnetic funnyman plays ringleader to an evening of sketch, stand-up comedy, and music, featuring Matt Kirshen and Kristen Schaal from Flight of the Conchords and 30 Rock.
Promo for the TV Movie I, Martin Short, Goes Home
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####“My Nasty Valentine” hosted by Bob Saget (February 15)
By now, most comedy fans know that former Full House star and America’s Funniest Home Videos host Bob Saget is happiest when he’s working blue. Anyone who’s witnessed his more than 30-year stand-up career or his outrageous appearance in The Aristocrats can attest that Bob works blue until it turns purple. As a caustic gift to comedy fans and scorned romantics, Bob turns his rapier wit on Cupid as host of “My Nasty Valentine,” which also features cabaret/sex-comedy duo [The Wet Spots](http://gr.pn/SrCAlo) and the curt jibes of popular Edmonton comic [Toby Hargrave](http://gr.pn/13X45ac).
**Bob Saget in the Comedy Special That Ain’t Right**
Warning: Contains all of Carlin’s “Seven Dirty Words You Can Never Say on Television”
####Margaret Cho's "MOTHER" (February 16)
Gutsy, inflammatory, and always passionate, Margaret Cho has become one of the biggest icons in comedy and activism since taking the scene by storm in the early 1990s. From sitcom stints on the ground-breaking All American Girl and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva to her Grammy-nominated comedy albums and one-woman off-Broadway shows such as Cho Dependent, the comedienne fearlessly speaks her mind about feminism, racism, and gay rights. Most of all, she never forgets to inject her hot-button topics with hair-raising hilarity. For her latest stand-up show, MOTHER, Margaret puts sacred cows upon a fiery spit in a ruthless examination of maternity in modern culture, politics, and celebrities.
**Margaret Cho in the Concert Film Beautiful**
Warning: contains mild language, graphic subject matter, and vivid depictions of Britney Spears’s freshness
####Vancouver Comedy & Arts Fest A comedy institution since 2004, the Vancouver Comedy & Arts Fest amasses up-and-coming talent alongside established stars for a festive celebration of the international comedy circuit and the guts it has busted. Set against the city’s majestic backdrop, the 10-day humour retreat has attracted many of today’s biggest comedy stars, along with the forefathers who set the stage for modern stand-ups. Past acts have included luminaries such as Steve Martin, Zach Galifianakis, Carol Burnett, and Flight of the Conchords. ####The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts Rich, purple seats and a sleek arched ceiling accent The Centre in Vancouver for Performing Arts’ stunning auditorium, treating eyes before Broadway shows, concerts, and dance performances even take the stage. The modern facilities owe their impressive structure to lauded architect Moshe Safdie, who also filled the sweeping confines with a marbled staircase and mirrored walls that help patrons see if their opera glasses are on upside-down. Due to security restrictions, G-Passes must be printed out and presented in person at the event. They cannot be redeemed through Groupon's mobile app.