Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver-based Comedian, Actor and Producer Alannah Brittany

Alannah Brittany is a Vancouver-based comedian, actor and producer. Alannah has been featured on the JFL Originals album, New Wave of Comedy on CBC Gem, and Apple TV. She produces and hosts the hit show ‘Vancouver Special’ which has been featured at JFL Vancouver.

Alannah Brittany

How would you describe your comedy style?

I like to think of it as life observation filtered through my anxiety disordered brain with a narrative pizzaz. ‘Observ-anxious storytelling’, if you will.

Who are some of your influences?

Comedian wise, Bridget Everett, Pete Holmes Maria Bamford, Phil Hanley, Erica Sigurdson. They all make me laugh so hard I pee, then think, then laugh again. In that order. But if I didn’t also say “my parents” they would be really upset, because they are very very funny in their own right.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

I didn’t really grow up with access to Stand up comedy. I loved sketch comedy and have been a KITH head since my teens.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

I love Taylor Tomlinson, and Maria Bamford. I like the energy and the silliness of them.

What is your pre-show ritual?

A lot of water, walk around the venue, try to get into the same energy as the audience, pee because of the amount of water I just drank. Power pose. Then right before I hit the stage I do breathing exercises to slow my mind ( I prefer abdominal paced breathing, highly recommend.)

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

I recently got to open a festival show at JFL Vancouver for Baron Vaughn at the Biltmore. It is a perfect comedy room—it is so cool, a punch of laughs really bounces around the low ceilings in there. I also love Hecklers in Victoria for the same reason. Lucky to experience!

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

Going to shows, following social media accounts that put up a lot of comedy like Don’t Tell Comedy.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

Always! I have so many shows I am excited for and you should check them out on my Instagram

Where can we follow you?

Instagram! The other ones confuse me.

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

Rachel Schaefer, Erica Sigurdson, Ola Dada, Tin Lorica. Honestly, I could write a dissertation on the talent in this city.



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