Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver Comedian Bradley Sakawsky

Meet Bradley Sakawsky, a rising talent leaving a mark on the vibrant Vancouver comedy scene. Bradley’s dynamic presence and animated performances have earned him the title of the World’s Most Animated Comedian. With a year of regular performances across the Lower Mainland, Bradley has quickly become a standout figure in the local comedy circuit. In a recent interview, he shared that comedy serves as his creative outlet, allowing him to express himself and connect with audiences. Bradley’s infectious energy on stage promises audiences laughter and lively entertainment, making him a name to watch for in the world of comedy. With determination and enthusiasm, Bradley Sakawsky is carving his path, embracing the unpredictability of stand-up with humour and flair.

Bradley Sakawsky

How would you describe your comedy style?

After performing at a comedy club, a headliner described my set as and I quote “Lotta cum!”. I have since re-evaluated and I would personally describe my comedy as self-deprecating and silly.

Who are some of your influences?

Tom Segura, John Mulaney, Patton Oswalt, Louis CK, Mitch Hedberg

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Growing up I would watch re-runs of Just For Laughs specials on TV on the weekend not really knowing who I was watching at the time so all of those guys shouted Comedy Central. But two comics that stood out to me at a young age were Mitch Hedberg and John Pinette.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

Shane Gillis

What is your pre-show ritual?

I usually smoke a joint with a couple comics outside and then write down a set list of keywords that will help me remember what I’m supposed to be saying next.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

The Vogue Theatre. I was very new to comedy when a live podcast came through Vancouver called “Kill Tony” where they draw comedian’s names out of a bucket at random and perform 1 minute of stand-up comedy and are then interviewed by the host Tony Hinchliffe. It was their biggest show yet and The Vogue was sold out at 1200 people. I was last comedian of the night to be pulled out of the bucket, even tho it was just a minute of stage time it’s still one of my favourite memories to this day.

What is your favourite bit you have written and why were you proud of it?

My favourite bit is always changing, it’s whatever is new and is fun for me to do regardless of the crowd size. Right now it has to do with a kinder surprise egg, come check out my show Crumby Comedy to hear it sometime. (Shameless self-plug)

What is your favourite medium for listening or finding new comics/comedians?

Podcasts, I usually find out about a comedian through another comedian’s podcast I’m binging. My latest binge has been The Adam Friedland Show which I found out about through Your Mom’s House Podcast.

Tell us a joke about your city

I’ve noticed something weird about this city, how do we have so many three-legged dogs walking around the city of Vancouver, and an equal amount of capable walking dogs getting pushed in strollers by yoga moms?

Do you have anything to promote right now?

I run a weekly show at Portland Craft Bar in Mount Pleasant called Crumby Comedy. We were just featured on the Just for Laughs Festival! Tickets here.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram and all other socials whenever I get around to making a TikTok.

PAY IT FORWARD: Who is another local comic/comedian we should know about?

A comedian I would recommend is Eddy Spencer. He’s a very young comic who’s become a lot of the comedians in town’s favourite comic to watch riff.

 

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