Big Kiss to the Powell Street Festival!

10527528_433869703421995_4542055406725120354_nThank you again Powell Street Festival for another year of inviting us out to play. Incredible kudos must be given to Kristen Lambertson and her administrative team who managed to relocate almost the entire festival at very short notice. Also what would the festival be without all of the other fabulous staff and volunteers who do everything from building the venues to making the sure the recyclables are correctly separated. We cannot stress enough how much we love to be a part of one of the few festivals that truly reflects the community and the people who participate.

Big thanks again to Jamie Burns at the FireHall Arts Centre for his technical wizardry and his previously unknown baking skills; to our director Dawn Milman, who wrung amazing performances out of us and our indefatigable stage manager Ann Chow, always cool under pressure (she’s the woman in the corner quietly solving your Rubik’s Cube).

Finally of course, thank you to our fans, old and new. We were a bit nervous debuting all of those brand new sketches but your warm reception and ready laughter soon took care of that. Without you we would just be a bunch of strangely-dressed people emoting into an empty theatre.

See you next year!


Ninjas. Samurai. Existentialism. What can this all mean?!

Courtesy of the Powell Street Festival

Find out on Saturday, August 2 when Assaulted Fish performs its annual 30-minute free show at the Powell Street Festival. It’s our 11th year participating in this terrific community festival. We’re really excited to debut our brand new sketches, and if you haven’t had a chance to see our newest members strut their stuff, you don’t want to miss this show.

Directed by Dawn Milman. Stage managed by Ann Chow.

Assaulted Fish @ the 38th Annual Powell Street Festival

Date: Saturday, August 2, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 5:30 pm
PlaceFirehall Arts Centre, 280 East Cordova St. (@ Gore Ave.) [parking/map]
Cost: FREE!
Notes: General admission seating. Rated “PG”. No latecomers.

Hope to see you at Powell Street!

Pump Up the Jam

Thanks to everyone for coming out to the Philosophers’ Jam tonight. We hope it was as fun for you as it was for us. Many thanks to Langara’s Philosophy Department, especially Alex Boston and Dale Beyerstein for welcoming us and for providing sandwiches.

For those who attended, the following may be of interest:

Martin by Assaulted Fish

Rush Limbaugh and Proper Chinese Mockery by 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors

Button by Morgan Brayton

Insult Comic by Key and Peele

Reverse Racism by Aamer Rahman

And some articles:

How to Make a Rape Joke by Lindy West

Oppression for Laughs – Why There are Still Lines to Cross by Chakka Reeves

A Closed Letter to Myself About Thievery, Heckling and Rape Jokes by Patton Oswalt

“How Sensitive is Your Funny Bone?”

Fish Sandwich

Photo Credit: Dan Jackson @ Manifest Photography

Hey Fish Fans,

We’ve been invited to participate in Langara College’s ongoing series of Philosophers’ Jams at 7 PM on Thursday, March 13. Come see us perform and then ask us questions, like “Why do you think you’re funny?” and “Why does Diana look taller on TV?”  Who knows, if this works out, we may abandon Sketch Comedy for Sketch Lecturing because there is nothing funnier than trying to explain jokes. Details below:

How Sensitive is Your Funny Bone?

Humour can be an effective way to highlight sensitive issues, address controversial topics, or provoke discussion. But because humour is subjective, how do we determine when something is funny or offensive? Are some topics off limits, and if yes, are we stifling “art” and censoring the “artists”? What role do context, audience and intention play? Local sketch comedy troupe, Assaulted Fish, will tell some jokes and try to explain themselves.

Assaulted Fish is one of Vancouver’s longest running sketch comedy acts. Since 2003, they have performed at numerous sold-out comedy festivals and cultural venues, including the CanWest Comedy Festival, SketchFest Seattle and most recently, the 2013 Vancouver Fringe Festival and Vancouver Sketch Comedy Festival 2014. Their tightly crafted sketches range from well-observed character studies to sharp commentary to surreal slapstick. Their short film, Dandy Lions, has been shown in at least two film festivals. Get to know them at

* Please note that Brad O’Hara’s discussion about The Rationality of Advertising has been rescheduled to the fall.

Date: Mar 13, 2014
Time: 07:00 PM – 09:00 PM
Phone: 604.323.5414
Location: Employee Dining Lounge, Main Campus, 100 West 49th Avenue, Vancouver

About Philosophers’ Jams

Langara’s Philosophers’ Jams include a short presentation by the guest speaker followed by an open dialogue session. All sessions are moderated and light refreshments are served.

Date: Usually once a month on a Thursday evening. Note: For the 2014 spring semester, sessions will begin in February and there are two Jams in March.

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Place: Employee Dining Lounge, Langara College. Enter through cafeteria located on the Main Floor of A Building or follow the signs. Click here for campus map.

Parking: Pay parking available. Click here for more info.

Accessibility: Mobility aid users enter through Langara’s main entrance on West 49th Ave. HandyDart users follow signs to access elevators.

Contact: Alex Boston at or 604.323.5414.