10th Annual Asian Comedy Night coming in January


Asian Canadians
can be funny too – and not just the butt of racist jokes.

 

10 years ago Joyce Lam got together with friends and
started the very first Asian Comedy Night, through Vancouver Asian Canadian
Theatre – which she founded.   Along the way VACT has received lots
of critical success and developed a loyal audience.  VACT is a pioneer in
pushing the opportunities for Asian-Canadian performerssuch as presenting the
classic Neil Simon comedy “The Odd Couple” with and almost all-Asian
cast, Asian-Canadian director and producers.

Check out the newest Asian Comedy Night event for January 6/7, 2009



For
Immediate Release


MEDIA RELEASE


 


VACT’s
10th anniversary celebrations kicks off with


two
All-Star Asian Comedy Events in early January


10th Annual Asian Comedy Night – and –
Etch-YOUR-Sketchoff
,

January
7 – 10, 2009



 


 


VANCOUVER,
BC (December 7, 2008) – To celebrate 10 successful years as the city’s premiere
Asian Canadian theatre company, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (VACT)
kicks off 2009 with two of its signature Asian comedy night events January 7 to
10, hosted by Tom Chin. First is the
return of its wildly popular Asian sketch comedy contest: Etch-YOUR-Sketchoff!#$%!!, where
amateur teams compete for applause and prizes on January 7 & 8. Following that on January 9 & 10 is the All-You-Can-Laugh: 10th annual Asian Comedy
Night
, an all-star smorgasbord of
North
America
’s
best and funniest professional Asian sketch comedy troupes. Both productions are
at the Roundhouse Performance
Centre
. Tickets are available online at www.vact.ca and at the
door.


 


Needless
to say, these 2 VACT productions provide a rare and not-to-be-missed showcase of
some of the best Asian comedic talent in
North
America

– alongside nearly 50 of Vancouver’s up-and-coming Asian Canadian performers and
comedy writers, all on one stage.


 


The
Etch-YOUR-Sketchoff!#$%!! Contest
gives sketch teams 2 weeks to write and rehearse at least 2 sketches, one of
which must incorporate a creative element provided by VACT that each team will
choose at random. On the first night, January 7, 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 from the Top 3. On January 8, in a 2nd performance, the
audience will be the judge and its winner-take-all for the cash
prize.


 


All-You-Can-Laugh:
10th annual Asian Comedy Night

is a gathering of 5 of the funniest Asian sketch comedy troupes from
North
America
:
18
Mighty
Mountain
Warriors

(
San
Francisco
,
Los
Angeles
),
Assaulted Fish (Vancouver), OPM (
Los
Angeles
),
The Kupps
(
Toronto),
and Hopsing’s Offspring (Vancouver)
for two hilarious performances. Also performing is stand-up comedian Jeffery Yu. The VACT Asian Comedy Night
has been a sold-out event every year and the annual show has provided a rare
showcase for various Asian stand-up comedians and sketch groups from all over
Canada
and the
US.
As a developer of new talent, VACT had previously incubated such successful
local Asian-Canadian sketch comedy troupes as HOT SAUCE POSSE and ASSAULTED
FISH.


 


For
more information please visit http://www.vact.ca.


 


Event #1 Details


Etch-YOUR-Sketchoff!#$%!!


@
Roundhouse Performance Centre


Davie
&
Pacific
Blvd.
,
Vancouver


January
7: The Rice Bowl Competition


January
8: The People’s CHOYS Award


Both
performances at
7:30
PM


$18
in advance, by phone (604) 713-1800 and online
(www.VACT.ca)


$22 at
the door

 


 


Event #2 Details


All-You-Can-Laugh:
10th Annual Asian Comedy Night


@
Roundhouse Performance Centre


Davie
&
Pacific
Blvd.
,
Vancouver


January
9 and 10


Both
performances at
7:30
PM


$22
in advance, by phone (604) 713-1800 and online
(www.VACT.ca)


$27
at the door


 


 


Ticket
Special: The Bundle of Laughs Deal


See
both shows and save! Great stocking stuffers! (Until Dec. 19)


$35
in advance, available only online (www.VACT.ca)


 


 


 


For
media access please contact Joyce Lam at the e-mail address or phone number
listed below, no later than
January
2, 2009
.


 


VACT
(Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre) aims to produce quality plays in which
Asian-Canadians take on culturally or artistically significant roles. VACT works
to dispel Asian stereotypes by producing leading and/or supporting roles where
Asian-Canadians are depicted realistically in the performing
arts.


 

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