Chatting with Vancouver-based comedian, Jon Endo

Jon Endo is a Vancouver-based comedian who had his start in entertainment through theatrical sketch comedy and film production. Being of mixed Asian heritage, Jon talks about his experiences and observations of life while poking fun at his misadventures and imperfections. Earlier this year, Jon performed his first Just For Laughs showcase which led to more opportunities around Vancouver. He hopes to up his game so he can buy more hamburgers and pho.

Jon Endo
Photo by Andrew Gerard

How would you describe your comedy style?

Hmm… I don’t know, it’s clean but dirty, dirty but clean. I’d love to say I’m classy, but my mother would slap me.

Who are some of your influences?

Comedian-wise: Bernie Mac, Cedric the Entertainer, Steve Harvey, D.L. Hughley, Bill Burr, Wanda Sykes, Robin Williams, and Brett Kreischer.

Life-wise: The elder gods in Mortal Kombat, Ronald McDonald and the almighty Canadian Goose.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

I have to say Bernie Mac. His performance was so amazing to me, it changed my life in so many ways. I wish I could have had the opportunity to shake his hand when he was still with us.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

I enjoy Bill Burr and Brett Kreischer quite a bit. Bill Burr for his energy, and Bret Kreischer for his fun loving story telling. So fun.

What is your pre-show ritual?

I like to go to the venue early, and eat before a show. It fuels me up with happiness and energy. Then I wait 2 hours for the show to start while I wonder if my parents still love me.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

Good god, they’re all my favourite:

-Yuk Yuks

-Comedy After Dark

-House of Comedy

-The Comedy Zone at Yaggers

-Shots n Giggles at Glitch

-Jokes Please! at the Beaumount

-Cutiepie Comedy at Johnny’s on oak

-Live Stand Up Comedy at The Improv

-Twins Comedy at the Havana Theater

-The Comedy Ring

Why this list:

These are just some of the places that have given me the opportunity to grow as a comedian. Each show has a very special place in my heart and I encourage people to see not just these shows, but check out all the shows around town. Each room has a different feel and by checking out each one, you can see different styles of comedy as well as different levels of intimacy depending on the size of the room. Very fun stuff.

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

Netflix, Youtube, and my friend’s suggestions.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram

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

Oh my goodness, there are so many you all need to check out. Off the top of my head, in no particular order:

Byron Bertram, Larke Miller, Sam Tonning, Alannah Brittany, Ola Dada, Sean McDonnell, Bobby Warrener, Jon Gagnon, Akeem Hoyte-Charles, Robert Peng.

These are just some of the funniest peeps in the Vancouver scene. Keep an eye out for everyone out there.