Colin Sharp knows a thing or two about the local Vancouver comedy scene.
Not only has Sharp performed in numerous clubs around the city, but he also hosts a weekly show called Full Pint Comedy with Ryan Williams at Castaway Bar & Kitchen. The evening showcases comics who range from professional headliners to strong new acts to those that, "are ready to move beyond open mics." As such, it serves as an important place for new talent to perform, as well as for locals to laugh.
Sharp is also familiar with navigating the world of stand-up comedy as a newcomer, when he performed his first couple of shows in Vancouver. However, he says that his love for the craft developed at an early age.
"I would come home from school and watch The Comedy Network, Just For Laughs, and Club 54," Sharp told Vancouver Is Awesome. "I've been a life-long fan of comedy."
When asked how he prepared for his first gig, Sharp said he went to Komedy at Kino two weeks in a row in order to get a feel for the venue. He knew he'd be performing there, and so he wanted to know how the other comics handled the room. While he says his first show went all right, he admits that his second show was one of his worst bombs of all time.
"People say that Vancouver crowds are tough, but I think that they are just more thoughtful, discerning audiences."
Daily Vancouver Comedy
A fun and long-running show hosted and booked by Vancouver comic Graham Clark. Clark is a 3-time Canadian Comedy Award nominee and a regular on CBC’s The Debaters. He's also appeared at Just for Laughs, Halifax Comedy Festival, Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and Bumbershoot.
Sharp and fellow comedian Ryan Williams' long-running show in the heart of Kitsilano.
Vancouver's longest running stand-up comedy show. Run by Steve Allen.
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