For those of you who think that the only Asian-Canadian comedians are on YouTube, think again. The Vancouver Asian Canadian Theater (VACT) will be hosting their 12th annual Asian Comedy Night next week, featuring new comedy troupes such as ODE2SILLY, F.O.B. (Fresh Off the Boat) and South Asian sketch group I CAN’T BELIEVE IT’S NOT BUTTER CHICKEN.
These groups will be joining established and returning teams SFUU MAN CHU, THE YANGTZERS, and LAUGHING MAKE MIND DAMAGE! All six are slated to perform in the sketch comedy showcase at the Roundhouse Performance Centre, on Davie and Pacific Boulevard, for 3 performances running from June 17th at 8 pm and 18th at 7 pm and 9 pm. This year, the showcase is entitled ETCH-YOUR-SKETCHOFF! “in 3D”, a tongue-in-cheek mockery of 3D movie mania, among other things.
All groups this year will be performing sketches celebrating the City of Vancouver’s 125th birthday. For instance, on June 17, each group will be given a 6-10 minute set to perform their sketches in front of a live audience, where a panel of celebrity judges will award the winner the coveted RICE BOWL trophy. On June 18, in two performances, the audiences will be the judge where, through their applause, they will award the winner-take-all PEOPLE’S CHOYS AWARD to the top team at both shows.
Comedian/writer/performer Tetsuro Shigematsu will host the event with a guest appearance by comedian Tom Chin, and a musical performance by Carson “Chi Sun” Ho.
Tickets will be available at the door for $23 or $16 available only online at www.vact.ca.