New West comedy night makes a home for female and non-binary voices

Love comedy? You’re in the right city.

Judge Begbie’s Tavern is starting a new weekly comedy show every Thursday night, starting Jan. 23. The show will feature different formats each week, including stand-up, musical numbers, improv and more.

Begbie’s Comedy Night is produced by Laugh Wild Comedy, a production company owned by New Westminster’s Nina Dosdall. Dosdall (who performs under the name Nina Wilder) is bringing in Vancouver’s up-and-coming comedians to create more opportunities for local amateur talent, while providing affordable entertainment to the community.

On Thursday, Jan. 23, Begbie’s Comedy Night opens with Off Grrrid, a stand-up comedy show where all the comics are female, femme or non-binary.

“The comedy scene is still overly representative of men, and not everyone can relate, so this is a show to celebrate different voices that don’t get as much stage time and relate to a broader audience,” Dosdall said in a press release.

She was inspired by Fox Hole Comedy, a long-running show in Vancouver (recently renamed to New Moon Comedy) that’s produced by Jackie Hoffart. Hoffart was recently mentioned in The Tyee for the show’s efforts to represent women, non-binary, people of colour and queer stand-ups.

In New West, Off Grrrid will be produced once a month as part of the regular show schedule.

Judge Begbie’s Tavern is at 609 Columbia St. Begbie’s Comedy Night will run every Thursday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 regular, or $5 for students, available online through (search for Begbie’s Comedy Night) or at the door.

For more info, check out Begbie’s Comedy Night on Facebook.



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