Vancouver seems to have awards for everything in the art world except comedy. “Why is that?” you might be asking. Is it because comedy isn’t very glamourous? After all, it is an art form that primarily lives in small comedy clubs and in the back of restaurants late at night. Plus, comedy is damn hard, so many people try it for a while and then fade into the night like a local open-mic night.
When that happens, it’s hard to keep track of who’s doing what and for how long. Unless you’re a “comedy nerd” or a comedian, you might not know the inner workings of the scene. There is so much great talent in this city and a lot of hardworking entertainers who work tirelessly to make comedy. JFL NorthWest has taken it upon itself to begin acknowledging these comics and improvisors, and will be rolling out the red carpet for the first-ever Vancouver Comedy Awards happening on March 5 at the Fox Cabaret.
Submissions for the awards were open from November to December, and industry experts have since narrowed down that list to form a top four in 30 categories. These include Favourite Comedy Room, Best Monthly Show, Most Enlighting Provocateur, Best Twitter Account, and even Cutest Comedy Dog. Among the nominees are John Cullen, Kathleen McGee, Kevin Banner, Sophie Buddle, and Ivan Decker.
JFL NorthWest states that they are “honouring the brilliant, the talented, the weird, and the rare in the Vancouver comedy scene”.
Determined by a panel of veteran comics and industry folks, the winners will receive a Golden Kevin (the company’s owl mascot) and other prizes. The inaugural gala will be hosted by Paul Anthony of Paul Anthony’s Talent Time and Graham “Sparky” Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself. With these two involved, the night should be a hilariously weird spectacle and I can’t wait.
You can see the full list of nominees at the JFL NorthWest website.