Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver Comedian Marvin Manson

Marvin Manson, the avant-garde comedian extraordinaire, calls Vancouver, BC, his comedic playground. Marvin’s performances transport you to a realm where humour takes on a cartoonish and abstract flair, reminiscent of the golden era of old Vegas. With a style that defies the ordinary, Marvin blends slapstick with sharp wit, leaving audiences in stitches with his unpredictable and animated delivery. Based in the lively city of Vancouver, Marvin Manson is not just a comedian; he’s a maestro of the surreal, promising a laughter-filled escape into a world where the punchlines are as vivid and vibrant as the West Coast sunset.

Marvin Manson

How would you describe your comedy style?

Cartoonish, abstract, and absurd with a hint of old Vegas.

Who are some of your influences?

I am influenced by the local scene around me, some of my favourite all-time comics are Vancouver open mic’ers.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Rodney Dangerfield

Who is your favourite comedian now?

Neil Hamburger

What is your pre-show ritual?

I like to hang out with the comics on the show and keep things light and fun so that I can unleash the demon come showtime.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

I love Comedy After Dark right here in Vancouver. A great place for both pros and amateurs.

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

My favourite bit is a Top 8 list (David Letterman style) titled – Top 8 reasons why you shouldn’t disrespect your Grandmother.

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

I love watching everything – Kill Tony and Tim Heidecker’s Office Hours.

Tell us a joke about your city.

Leaving the city for good. Vancouver has its fair share of problems, but the tipping point for me is raccoons on the city bus. I saw a raccoon with a bus pass. What’s next? Squirrels breastfeeding pigeons at City Hall?

Do you have anything to promote right now?

I will be doing my first-ever Headliner show on March 21st, 2024 at The Fox in Vancouver (upstairs in The Projection Room).

Where can we follow you?

Marvin Manson is part of the Comedy section of Nerve Wracking Collections. Also, follow me on Instagram.

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

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