Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver Comedian Colleen Thompson

Colleen Thompson, the uproarious Vancouver comedian, is a regular fixture at the Lido, where she fearlessly unleashes her absurdist raunch stand-up. Shaped by the comedic influence of her parents, Thompson infuses her performances with a unique blend of humour that resonates with audiences. A standout in her repertoire is a lengthy and hilarious joke comparing her preferences in men to energy drinks, a comedic marathon that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. Thompson’s style is marked by a bold and unapologetic approach to taboo subjects, creating a space where laughter thrives on the unexpected. With her magnetic stage presence and inventive comedic voice, Colleen Thompson continues to be a comedic force, leaving audiences in stitches with her refreshing takes on life’s absurdities.

Colleen Thompson

How would you describe your comedy style?

Absurdist raunch. There’s a lot of hidden existential dread in my vulgar idiocy.

Who are some of your influences?

My parents, they’re hilarious lunatics. My Dad is the personification of filterless cringe humour and my mom tells the most disgusting stories you’ve ever heard.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

As a kid I always loved Stephen Wright and Rowan Atkinson (especially in Blackadder.)

Who is your favourite comedian now?

Lately, I’ve been really enjoying Jordan Jensen. Also, I’m a big fan of the other local comedians in my writing group—it’s really cool watching brand new jokes form.

What is your pre-show ritual?

Two pilsners, a cigarette, reapply lipstick.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

My favourite place to perform is at The Lido. It has a really great dark lounge vibe and incredible sound which is perfect for comedy. It also feels like home, when I’m not doing comedy there I’m there anyway. The staff and regulars are the coolest people in town.

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

I have a bit about how I like my men like I like my energy drinks that goes on for over a minute. I’m proud of it because my ultimate goal with writing is to come up with jokes that are so archetypal they can be said in schoolyards and bars by anyone.

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

The open mics. There are a few really wild ones in town. We scout new talent there and you never know what pro is going to drop in.

Tell us a joke about your city.

Vancouver and I have a similar reputation—not as wet as she used to be and full of unhoused people.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

My co-producer Julia Bartel and I put on F.A.R.C.E. at The Lido, on the third Tuesday of every month. We curate really cool lineups of comedians and then have a little after-party.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Evenbrite

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

This is tough, I feel like a mother having to name a favourite baby. If you want to see my favourites, come to F.A.R.C.E.


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