Assaulted Fish | 34th Annual Powell Street Festival

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Schema has a very important announcement to make: We are in love. The object of our affections is, of course, none other than Assaulted Fish, the crazy comedy collective based right here in Vancouver. This announcement may come as no surprise to our loyal readers out there who have followed the romance from its early days (remember when Schema looked like this?), but for those of you who are new to the sketch comedy troupe, let me explain why we love them.

Self-described as a “Pan-Asian-Canadian, shorter-than-average, cross-cultural sketch comedy troupe,” the Assaulted Fish are “dedicated to producing comedy that honestly reflects the diversity and experiences of Asian-Canadians.” The only thing Schema loves more than a band of brave souls navigating their intercultural identity is a band of brave souls navigating their intercultural identity with a wicked sense of humour!

The list of venues, competitions, and festivals they have dazzled with their wit is nothing to sneeze at either. That list includes, but certainly is not limited to:

SketchFest Vancouver

SketchFest Seattle

CanWest Comedy Festival

Vancouver Fringe Festival

Wired Monk

Heart of the City Festival

Powell Street Festival

Vancouver Asian Film Festival

Kitsilano Film Festival

Xtra West Cultural Series


The Fish can claim some big names in the Asian Canadian theatre scene as former members. Tom Chin from VACT was a founding father of AF back in 2003, and Yumi Ogawa, whose new solo show that we already adore, was also an early member. The current crew includes Diana Bang, Marlene Dong, Kuan Foo, and Nelson Wong.

In a past love-fest for the troupe, we described them as “dynamic, engaging, and brimming with charisma and enthusiasm,” and our sentiment hasn’t changed. Still not convinced? Check them out for yourself this weekend at the Powell Street Festival (the Fish’s 7th year in a row at the Festival, might I add), where the Fish promise you a good time:

Enter the hilarious mind of a small girl! Meet a hilarious stranger in a Tijuana bar! Watch two hilarious old people sit on a park bench! Presented live and in (hilarious) 3D!

It’s a free, all ages, air-conditioned show. (The show isn’t air-conditioned, but the venue is – though we’ve been told we’re as refreshing as a slurpee.)

And since you’re going down there, why not leave a little early so you can catch Assaulted Fish alumna Yumi Ogawa present Japanglish, her Schema-approved one-woman show!


Date: Saturday, July 31st

Time: 2:30pm to 3:00pm

Place: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St. (and Gore Ave.), Vancouver

Cost: FREE!


Date: Saturday, July 31st

Time: 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Place: Firehall Arts Centre, 280 E. Cordova St. (and Gore Ave.), Vancouver



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