Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver Comic Tyler Boissonnault

Tyler Boissonnault is a Vancouver-based comedian who broke into the world of comedy by running a bar that would host comedy shows. Through networking with friend Jordan Ducharme and his keen interest in doing stand-up through earlier days as a musician, he made his debut at an open-mic comedy night at Vancouver’s own Benny’s Bagels. Through his wicked sense of humour and ability to poke fun at his own trials and errors, Tyler is able to rouse a laugh out of just about anyone.

Tyler Boissonnalt

How would you describe your comedy style?

I try to write about things I’ve personally experienced. About my past addiction issues or something like that… Sometimes it just comes out as a dumb joke about how to peel a banana though…but if gets a laugh I’ll keep it.

Who are some of your influences?

I’m big on Jacques Cousteau, the red cap, the accent, he had a good thing going there.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

George Carlin was probably my favourite. I could quote most any HBO special he had but not remember my times tables. Teachers loved that.

Who is your favourite comedian now?

I think I still lean towards the people who have been in it for a while. Bill Burr, Tom Segura, Dave Chapelle. Obviously not the newest on the block but the work ethic of the 3 of those guys is something I try and strive for.

What is your pre-show ritual?

I don’t know if it’s a pre-show ritual but I have a daily routine. I get up early (for a comic) I meditate, work out and have functional mushrooms in my coffee. As I’ve got older I find doing those three things on a daily basis helps my overall level of productivity and sharpness and has 100% made my comedy better.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

I’m still pretty new to this so haven’t been to a lot of places but let me tell you, the fellas over at Vancouver Comedy Ring have had a couple of amazing spots during the short four years I’ve been doing comedy. Their most recent spot Holy Chow on Pender Street is so fun! It’s a tight little room at the back of a restaurant that is PRIMO for comedy. I highly recommend checking out any show there. They do it Thursday through Sunday EVERY WEEK!

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

I think my favourite always changes depending on what the new thing I’m working on is. That’s what I love about comedy, is getting the bits better and better each time.

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

I really like podcasts for this.

Tell us a joke about your city.

I love doing shows in the DTES. In my last gig, I had a guy come up to me outside the venue and ask ” DO YOU WANT TO BUY A KNIFE”? I guess I have to now…

Do you have anything to promote right now?

Please check out the Show Me Yours Podcast. It’s a super fun weekly pod I do with Jackie Agnew and Jonny DiVito anywhere podcast can be found!

Where can we follow you?

Come out to a live show!

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

If you don’t know Jackie Agnew and Jonny DiVito you need to get on that train. I should also give a shout-out to Daragh “The Scorpion” Turner, a well-mannered Irishmen who I love watching. Nicole Tanner is someone to keep an eye on as well!

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