Chatting with Vancouver comedian Gina Harms

Gina Harms hosts a show called Comedy Bucket where comics do sets based on audience suggestions. She also has a podcast called Dear Pop Culture where she interviews comedians, musicians, actors and other local creatives about the nostalgic pop culture they grew up with. We got to speak with local comic Gina Harms to find out more about her.

Gina Harms

How would you describe your comedy style?

Autobiographical, optimistic jokes. Deadpan but I’m smiling.

Who are some of your influences?

In my early 20s I was obsessed with Aziz Ansari, I felt like he talked about pop culture in a way I hadn’t seen a stand up do before (I had not seen that much stand up). Now I’d say Mike Birbiglia, he tells stories beautifully and packs them with punchlines.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Ellen Degeneres! I know we hate her now but her special ‘Here And Now’ is something I quote to this day. Then in high school I bought Sarah Silverman’s ‘Jesus Is Magic’ on DVD and watched that on a loop for a while.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

That is too hard but my fav comedy album is Sara Hennessey’s ‘They Know Too Much’ & my favourite special I’ve seen recently is from Julio Torres, a writer for SNL.

What is your pre-show ritual?

I stand in power poses right before I go on stage and tell myself that everyone loves me.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

Probably Little Mountain Gallery in Vancouver (maybe I’m just sentimental because it’s closing) because it’s a space run by comedians so I always feel the freest to experiment and just have fun.

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

During the lockdown I started looked up canadian comedy record labels like Howl & Roar, Comedy Here Often, Comedy Records and listened to the albums they’ve put out. But the best is just going to shows around the city, there are so many good comics in Vancouver it’s insane.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

I host a show called Comedy Bucket where comics do sets based on audience suggestions, the last one at Little Mountain Gallery will be Dec.10 and I’m hoping to find a new venue for it in the new year (TBA).

Also I have a podcast called Dear Pop Culture where I interview comedians, musicians, actors, or whoever about the nostalgic pop culture they were into growing up you can get it wherever you listen to podcasts (except youtube, we are strictly audio)

Where can we follow you?

Twitter | Instagram | TikTok

Tell us a joke.

I hate when people ask me what my tattoos mean because they don’t mean anything except that I was lonely and I paid someone to touch my skin for 2 hours.

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

Randee Neumeyer, she has an album out called ‘Bad Baby’