Chatting with Vancouver comedian Tin Lorica

This past summer Vancouver comedian Tin Lorica recorded a compilation album with JFL Originals alongside other BC comedians called “Stand-up BC: Grossly Underfunded Circus”. We got to speak with the local comic to find out more about their comedic style, their influences and where we can follow their work.

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Photo taken by Ross Dauk

How would you describe your comedy style?

Deadpan, autobiographical. I’ve also been told I play the “anxious card” really well–it’s all 100% authentic anxiety. I’ve been called niche because I’m not talking about “universal” experiences.

Who are some of your influences?

My mom was always roasting my dad, which I felt gave me the comedic license to roast my dad and it spread from there. I invented an onomatopoeic word used in my family (“chok-chok”) that is based on the sound of my imitation of my dad casually scratching his balls while watching TV.

I remember before I started writing anything for stand-up that I really was inspired by Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson from Broad City. I followed Broad City from when it was just a webseries, and I believe I was influenced by them to share my grossest self and (un)necessary bodily details on stage.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

I never watched stand-up growing up but I was a fan of movies that Jim Carrey and Adam Sandler were in. My dad loves Adam Sandler and my siblings and I continue to quote Mr. Deeds (“No, Daddy, no!!!”) to this day.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

I love Zack Fox. I hope my irreverence one day matches his. His debut album is stuck in my head right now, particularly the song “get off my dick”.

What is your pre-show ritual?

Dry heaving, pacing, making sure I haven’t eaten within 2 hours of the show so that the heaving stays dry.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

One of my favourite places I’ve performed was at Celebrities on Davie Street. I did a 5 minute opening act for Joel Kim Booster as part of Vancouver Pride in 2018 and the stage was beautifully decorated with many flowers, kind of like Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged but definitely not in a morose way. I never went there in its heyday as a queer venue so it’s a special show to me.

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

I’m too afraid to install TikTok on my phone. It’s still gotta be live sets. There’s a wealth of shows both new and older/more established in Vancouver that really keep the scene thriving. Many of the shows I love have taken place at Little Mountain Gallery, which is about to be torn down for condos.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

This summer I got to record a compilation album with JFL Originals alongside other BC comedians! The album is called “Stand-up BC: Grossly Underfunded Circus”. It is out now on Spotify, Apple Music, and SiriusXM.

I co-host a comedy and poetry series called Millennial Line with Savannah Erasmus, we can be followed at @millennialline on Instagram and Facebook! We are making a comeback very soon.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Twitter

Tell us a joke.

Something about me: I’m learning that one of my biggest flaws is that I eat cookies whole à la Cookie Monster.

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

Danika Thibault – folks may know her for her work as the TikToker for Vancouver Coastal Health promoting COVID-safe tips in a very accessible way.