Comedy festival JFL NorthWest returns, February 16-25

Vancouver’s comedy festival, JFL NorthWest, presented in association with SiriusXM, returns for a second year of mid-winter laughs from Thursday, February 16 to Saturday, February 25, 2017 at multiple venues across Vancouver.

I’ll be posting a full top five of my picks next week, but check out a few of the headliners below!

Sarah Silverman – Saturday, February 25 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | 7:00pm

Two-time Emmy Award winner Sarah Silverman is one of the most versatile talents in entertainment, with credits including that of actress, creator, writer, executive producer, comedian, and author. She can be seen on The Book of HenryThe Lonely Island’s Popstar: Never Stop Stopping and the Golden Globe-nominated Showtime series Masters of Sex, and can be heard on the Emmy-nominated Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers. On the comedy stage, Silverman continues to cement her status as a force in stand-up. Her critically acclaimed HBO stand-up special, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, earned her a 2014 Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special” and a 2015 Grammy Award nomination for “Best Comedy Album”. Her book – a memoir titled “The Bedwetter: Stories of Courage, Redemption, and Pee” – was a New York Times Bestseller. Other awards include an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series” for her portrayal of a fictionalized version of herself in her Comedy Central series, The Sarah Silverman Program, an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for her musical collaboration with Matt Damon, and a Webby Award for “Best Actress” for her online video “The Great Schlep”.

Trevor Noah – Thursday, February 23 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | 7:00pm

Returning after a wildly successful performance at JFL NorthWest 2016, Trevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa. He is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central, formerly hosted by Jon Stewart. Noah recently debuted his one-hour stand-up special, Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation, on Comedy Central. Filmed at The Lincoln Theatre in Washington D.C., Trevor Noah: Lost in Translation brings Noah’s unique worldview and global analysis of American culture to the forefront.

Chris D’Elia – Friday, February 24 | Vogue Theatre | 7:00pm

Chris D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the comedy world. He recently starred as ‘Danny’ on the NBC comedy series Undateable and continues to cement his status on stage as a force in stand-up comedy, performing to sold-out crowds in the U.S. and Canada. His first one-hour Comedy Central special, White Male Black Comic, was released in 2013 and his latest special, Incorrigible, debuted on Netflix in April 2015.

Jim Gaffigan – Friday, February 24 | Queen Elizabeth Theatre | 7:00pm & 9:30pm

Jim Gaffigan is a Grammy-nominated comedian, actor, New York Times best-selling author, top touring performer, and multi-platinum-selling father of five. He is known around the world for his unique brand of humour, which largely revolves around fatherhood and his observations on life and food. All four of Gaffigan’s comedy specials recently premiered on Netflix, and he is only one of ten comics in history to sell out Madison Square Garden. In addition to his own television show, Jim Gaffigan’s television appearances include PortlandiaFlight of the ConchordsBored to Death, and Law & Order. His film credits include Three KingsHot PursuitSuper Troopers17 Again, and Experimenter. With multiple projects in motion, Gaffigan is currently on his Fully Dressed arena and theatre stand-up comedy tour.


The full list of performers at JFL NorthWest includes Sarah Silverman, Jim Gaffigan, Trevor Noah, Chris D’Elia, Iliza, Tom Segura, Game Grumps, Piff the Magic Dragon, My Favorite Murder, Colin Quinn, Brian Posehn, SiriusXM’s Top Comic Showcase, The Alternative Show hosted by Andy Kindler, Fortune Feimster, Jon Dore, Michelle Wolf, Nate Bargatze, Aparna Nancherla, Todd Glass, K. Trevor Wilson, Barry Crimmins, Stop Podcasting Yourself, Comedy Short Shorts, The Just For Laughs Showcase and The Best of the West Series, featuring Alicia Tobin’s Come Draw with Me, All You Can Eat Laundry, Barely Legal, Cords Comedy, The Critical Hit Show, Eight ½ Inches of Comedy, The Gentlemen Hecklers, Graham Clark’s Quiz Show, The Hero Show, Hip.Bang!, Jokes Please!, Komedy at Kino, The List, LMG News, The Ryan & Amy Show, Sidekicks, Stacked Comedy at Yagger’s, Teenage Dirtbag, Vancouverite, and We Know Nothing About Art.

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