Sketchoff!#$%!!: Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre- 3rd Anual Asian Sketch Comedy Competetion

Here's an press release from my
friends at Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre re: upcoming 3rd Annual
Asian Sketch Comedy Competition.

This is a VERY funny event.  They make jokes about Asian culture
and stereotypes that all Asians can relate to… even if you are White,
it still relates to that little Asian voice inside of
everybody…  they even make jokes about White people and White
culture.  Is nothing sacred anymore?

Cheers, Todd
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For Immediate Release
NEWS RELEASE

North America’s premier Asian Sketch Comedy Trophy up for grabs again in Vancouver
SKETCHOFF!#$%!! – 3rd Annual Asian Sketch Comedy Competition

VANCOUVER, BC (April 30, 2005) – The trophy? It’s the coveted VACT Rice
Bowl. The event? Sketchoff!#$%!!: Ha Ha HA! – the 3rd Annual Asian
Sketch Comedy Competition. When is the rumble? May 27th and 28th. And
the stadium where tears and laughter will be shed? The Roundhouse
Performance Centre in Yaletown.

Once again, 3 teams of North America’s finest “hyphenated-Asian” comedy
talents come to Vancouver to compete in the world’s only Asian sketch
comedy challenge. Hosted and produced annually by Vancouver Asian
Canadian Theatre (VACT) during the Asian Heritage Month celebrations,
this event has treated sold-out audiences to some of the most hilarious
and innovative sketch comedy routines, blending pure laughs with North
American ethnic diversity and cultural insight.

The two-time winner, LA OPM, from Los Angeles, took the Rice Bowl
trophy to the Oscars ceremonies, will be challenged this year by two
Canadian teams – Toronto’s The Kupps, made up of Second City veterans
and Vancouver’s own Assaulted Fish, freshly netted from their
performance at Sketchfest 2005.

Celebrity judges will jury the teams on Friday, May 27th, where the
winner will be awarded the coveted Rice Bowl trophy. On the following
evening, Saturday May 28th, the audience members themselves will choose
the winning team who will receive the People’s Choys Award. All teams
are allowed to replace or rework any of their sketches from the
previous evening. So expect the pandering to be shameless for this
award.

The host this year will be Tom Chin, with a special guest performance by stand-up comedian Jeffery Yu.

Also a part of this weekend of celebration, VACT will be hosting at the
Roundhouse a public demonstration and discussion workshop on sketch
comedy on Saturday May 28th at 4:00 PM. Billed as Meet The Mockers, the
3 teams will be available to take questions from the audience and
provide insights into their process and their careers. Admission is
free.

For more information on each team, please visit http://www.vact.ca

Event Details
Sketchoff!#$%!!: Ha Ha HA! – 3rd Annual Asian Sketch Comedy Competition
@ Roundhouse Performance Centre
Davie & Pacific Blvd., Vancouver

Dates and Showtimes
Friday May 27    8:00 PM (Rice Bowl trophy)
Saturday May 28    8:00 PM (People’s Choys Award)

Ticket prices
$17 advance at the Roundhouse (in person or by phone: 604-713-1800)
$20 at the door

Note:  14A; some coarse language and sexually suggestive material.

Free public workshop and Q & A session
Meet The Mockers
4:00 PM
@ Roundhouse Performance Centre
Davie & Pacific Blvd., Vancouver
Free admission (donation recommended)

Media passes available. Please RSVP to Joyce Lam at the e-mail address or phone number listed below, no later than May 17.

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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For photos, interviews with the performers, and media passes, please contact:
Joyce Lam, President, Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre
T:  778-885-1973    E:  joyla@shaw.ca

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