Go Forth and Laugh

By Marlene Dong

It’s an embarrassment of riches this weekend. Beginning January 23 to January 25, the Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival takes over Granville Island. There are 27 sketch comedy troupes from all over vying for your funny bone. We know it can be hard to pick which shows to attend (there are concurrent shows running at two venues), so we’re shamelessly going to recommend checking out some of the performers we’ve been lucky to perform with over the years.

We also wrote about some of these groups during our 10-year retrospective in September 2013. Check out “To All the Troupes We’ve Loved Before“.

Morgan Brayton
Thursday, January 23 @ 7:30pm | Cabaret Stage

Morgan’s our hero and mentor. She took a chance on Assaulted Fish nearly 10 years ago, inviting us to perform at the 2005 Vancouver SketchFest. She’s an amazing writer and performer. You’ll laugh hysterically.

Blackout Broadcast
Thursday, January 23 @ 9:30pm | Cabaret Stage

We’re excited to see this trio of Jackie Blackmore, Peter New and Dylan Rhymer back in action.

The Skinny
Friday, January 24 @ 7:30pm | Cabaret Stage

We’re performing with them on Friday! Clever writing, sharp performances, funny as hell, and svelte to boot. What’s not to love?

Charles
Saturday, January 25 @ 7:30pm | Burrard Stage

We caught Charles in Seattle when they were invited to open for the Pork Filled Players. They’re the only troupe we have seen that actually has an entire sketch about the correct translation of a passage in Beowulf, which brought a warm glow to this English Major’s dark heart.

Peter ‘n’ Chris
Saturday, January 25 @ 9:30pm | Burrard Stage

This duo always rocks the Vancouver Fringe Festival. We cry-laugh every time we see them. It makes for a messy affair, but just bring a hanky and you’ll be fine. They’re like cartoon characters come to life.

Remember, we’re performing on Friday, January 24 at 7:30pm (it’s Chris’ debut as an official member of Assaulted Fish.) Hope to see you there or at one of the other shows!

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