JFL NORTHWEST ADDS A FLURRY OF FUNNY TO FESTIVAL LINEUP 
 
2018 FESTIVAL, TAKING PLACE MARCH 1-10, WELCOMES BILL BURR FOR A THIRD PERFORMANCE, THE LUCAS BROTHERS, AUNTY DONNA,
 
STOP PODCASTING YOURSELF, VANCOUVER COMEDY AWARDS, RETAIL NIGHTMARES, B-SIDES WITH CHRIS GORDON,
 
AND ADDITIONS TO THE BEST OF THE WEST SERIES
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, JANUARY 26 AT 10am AT JFLNorthWest.com 

(Vancouver, BC) – Vancouver’s comedy festival, JFL NorthWest, presented in association with SiriusXM, returns for a third year of hilarity from Thursday, March 1st to Saturday, March 10th, 2018 at multiple venues across Vancouver, including the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vogue Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Rio Theatre, Biltmore Cabaret, ANNEX Theatre, Fox Cabaret, The Comedy Mix, and Yuk Yuk’s.

In addition to previously announced second performances for Jo Koy and Mike Birbiglia, JFL NorthWest welcomes the following additions to the 2018 lineup:
 
Bill Burr – Wednesday, March 7 | Orpheum Theatre | 7:00pm
In addition to his two sold-out performances at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on March 8 (7pm & 9:30pm), JFL NorthWest announces a 3rd performance for Bill Burr to take place on March 7 at the Orpheum Theatre at 7pm. An American comedian, writer and actor, Bill Burr first gained notoriety for his recurring role on the second season of Chappelle’s Show. He developed a comedic styling of uniformed logic that made him a regular with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Fallon. In 2017, Bill premiered the second season of his hit animated Netflix series, F Is For Family and his fifth hour-long stand-up comedy special, Walk Your Way Out, also on Netflix. He recently completed his fourth European theatre tour, which featured stops in Ireland, the U.K., Amsterdam, Germany, Belgium, and his first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The Lucas Brothers – Friday, March 9 at Biltmore Cabaret at 9:00pm & Saturday, March 10 at Rio Theatre at 7:00pm
Comedians, actors, and writers The Lucas Brothers (Keith and Kenny Lucas) continue their rise as two of the freshest, most dynamic new faces on the comedy scene. Their first one-hour stand-up special, The Lucas Bros: On Drugs, premiered on Netflix in 2017, and they appeared on Season 1 of the hit Netflix series Lady Dynamite, starring fellow comic Maria Bamford. Keith and Kenny are the creators of the animation series Lucas Bros. Moving Co. and voiced the series’ main characters, narrating hilarious and absurdist tales. The brothers also hosted the web series The Super Late Morning Show on Comedy Central and appeared on The Grinder, starring Rob Lowe, and 22 Jump Street alongside Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum, and Ice Cube.

Aunty Donna – Friday, March 9 | Rio Theatre | 9:30pm
With over 169,000 subscribers on their YouTube channel and over 26 million views, The Herald Sun calls Aunty Donna “funny as hell”, and Vulture Mag says “do whatever it takes to get tickets to this show”. Aunty Donna, the award-winning Australian trio, have sold out shows everywhere including London’s prestigious Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Festival Fringe with their little plays, clever dances, outrageous songs, and goofy characters. Their newest show, Big Boys, has debuted to sold out crowds, and their unique brand of surreal, fast-paced, alternative sketch comedy has received rave reviews around the world. Tickets for Aunty Donna on sale now at www.JFLNorthWest.com.
Stop Podcasting Yourself – Thursday, March 8 | Biltmore Cabaret | 7:00pm
Hosted by Graham Clark and Dave Shumka, Stop Podcasting Yourself is a 3-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning podcast based out of Vancouver, B.C. The weekly free-form comedy podcast, which features a different guest each week, has fans around the world and is the only Canadian podcast featured on the Maximum Fun network. Stop Podcasting Yourself was established in 2008, has recorded over 500 episodes, and has featured guests such as Paul F. Tompkins, Brent Butt, Jen Kirkman, John Hodgman, Jimmy Pardo, Debra DiGiovanni, and more. The live shows have sold out all over Canada.
The Vancouver Comedy Awards – Monday, March 5 | Fox Cabaret | 7:00pm
Comedians and comedy nerds, this one’s for you! JFL NorthWest is celebrating the brilliant, the talented, the weird, and the rare in the Vancouver comedy scene at the inaugural Vancouver Comedy Awards – hosted by Graham “Sparky” Clark and Talent Time’s Paul Anthony. Discover Vancouver’s favourite comedy spaces, supporters, podcasts, and everything in between.
Retail Nightmares – Friday, March 2 | Fox Cabaret | 7:00pm
Musician Jessica Delisle and comedian Alicia Tobin’s podcast about the horrors of working in customer service and how ‘puppos’ are the best!
B-SIDES with Chris Gordon – Thursday, March 1st | Yuk Yuk’s | 8:00pm
B-SIDES is a live compilation of throwaways and rarities: the jokes that comedians seldom get away with, but love to tell. With one-of-a-kind oddball Chris Gordon hosting, the evening will feature a diverse lineup of artists showcasing their most offensive, ridiculous, and downright questionable material. After the comics make a complete mess of the stage with their PC nightmares and puns, it’s their turn to experience the discomfort with an audience Q&A.
JFL NorthWest, presented in association with SiriusXM, is also thrilled to announce the following additions to the “Best of the West Series”:
HIP.BANG! AT HOME • HIP.BANG! IMPROV • THE SUNDAY SERVICE
Complete ticketing details for JFL NorthWest, including StayVancouverHotels hotel and ticket packages, can be found at www.JFLNorthWest.com.
The full list of performers at JFL NorthWest includes Bill Burr, Trevor Noah, Jo Koy, Maria Bamford, Brian Regan, Jay Pharoah, Anthony Jeselnik, Mike Birbiglia, Nikki Glaser, Jim Norton, The Fighter and The Kid Live, Sasheer Zamata, Todd Barry, Ari Shaffir, Jake & Amir, Rachel Feinstein, This Is That, Ryan Hamilton, Beth Stelling, Kyle Kinane, The Lucas Brothers, Tom Papa, Cameron Esposito & Rhea Butcher, Ronny Chieng, Vir Das, SiriusXM’s Top Comic Showcase, Ali Siddiq, Aunty Donna, Stop Podcasting Yourself, Brent Morin, Debra DiGiovanni, Brendan Schaub, The Alternative Show with Andy Kindler, Vancouver Comedy Awards, Retail Nightmares, and B-SIDES with Chris Gordon along with the “Best of the West Series” which includes All You Can Eat Laundry, Barely Legal, Comedy Bucket: Panel Edition, Cords Comedy, Fox Hole Comedy, The Hero Show, Hip.Bang! at Home, Hip.Bang! Improv, Jokes Please!, The Lady Show, Little Mountain Improv, LMG News, Musical Jokes, The Outsiders Comedy, Phantom Signal, The Ryan & Amy Show, Sidekicks, The Sunday Service, and Tinder Tales.
JFL NorthWest is proud to welcome its partners SiriusXM, Tourism Vancouver, The Government of British Columbia through the Tourism Events Program, StayVancouverHotels, Sleeman Breweries, Tim Hortons, Hopping Mad Cider, Creative BC, DVBIA, and The Georgia Straight to its 2018 event.
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About JFL NorthWest:
In 2016, NorthWest Comedy Fest and Just For Laughs joined forces to present JFL NorthWest, Vancouver’s comedy festival, a blend of the best in stand-up, sketch, and improv. The 2018 Festival will be a late winter highlight, taking place March 1-10 at multiple venues throughout Vancouver. Founded in 1983, the Just For Laughs Group has had but one goal in its 30-plus years of operation: Make People Happy. To achieve this goal, the Just For Laughs Group has focused on four major products: Festivals in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver and Sydney; television production including “Gags” seen in over 130 countries and on over 75 airlines and stand-up specials; live shows, such as Canadian tour dates for Jerry Seinfeld, Jim Gaffigan, and the Just For Laughs Comedy Tour; and talent management. www.JFLNorthWest.com