In light of recent provincial restrictions surrounding the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Vancouver’s Just for Laughs comedy festival has been put on hold.
Scheduled to take place from Feb. 15 to 27, the 50 per cent capacity limit on most venues has caused festival organizers to mostly pull the plug for now. The special concert show, Trevor Noah: Back To Abnormal World Tour, is still set to go ahead at reduced capacity at Rogers Arena on Feb. 26.
For those who have already bought tickets, festival organizers encourage holding onto them as further information regarding new dates, and confirmed talent performing will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Providing an opportunity to gather together to share big laughs is what Just For Laughs Vancouver does best”, said the festival’s director Heather Wallace in a recent release. “We are grateful for our festival sponsors, venues, staff, and artists who are a huge support in helping to make sure we’re back in 2022. We appreciate ticket purchasers’ patience while we work towards rescheduling as many shows as possible.”
High-profile comedians like Marc Maron and Maria Bamford had been slated to take part, along with Nicole Byer, Janeane Garofalo, and nearly four dozen other solo or group comedy acts.