Tragedy Plus Time: Vancouver-based Comedian Carson Thompson

Known for his eccentric and hilarious storytelling style, Carson Thompson has been making waves in the local comedy scene. In a recent interview, Carson candidly shares his comedic influences, pre-show rituals, and his favourite jokes. Whether he’s performing at his home club YukYuk’s Surrey or hosting his monthly ‘Laughs on Tap’ show, you don’t want to miss Carson’s stand-up comedy.

Carson Thompson

How would you describe your comedy style?

My goal is that you, as an audience member, have a wonderful experience. My style will vary depending on what I’m feeling is funny at that moment, but it tends to lean heavier into story-telling. I get weird.

Who are some of your influences?

Pete Holmes, Ricky Gervais, Zach Galifianakis, and anyone who I see do well locally. It’s important to study strategies that help your performance.

Who was your favourite comedian growing up?

Russel Peters

Who is your favourite comedian now?

Pete Holmes, but Adam Ray is climbing up the ladder.

What is your pre-show ritual?

I take 5 deep breaths, say “Go slow”, and repeatedly say “Be loose as a goose”.

What is your favourite place you have performed? Why?

YukYuk’s Surrey, it’s my home club. I started as a door guy and I’m extremely thankful & fortunate for the opportunities YukYuk and the manager (Garry Yuill) have given me.

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

I have a bit about sending a survey to my wife after intercourse to rate my performance. It’s my favourite joke to tell because I don’t actually do it, but it’s absolutely something that I would do to improve.

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

Working as a door guy at YukYuk’s Surrey has served as a great mechanism for observing our local talent. JFL New Faces and CBC Gem New Wave of Comedy are also great for discovering new comics.

Tell us a joke about your city.

Surrey is well known for its world-class waste management and environmental practices. The way our city handles its waste, recycling, and organics and turns it into fuel is seen as an inspiration. It’s so impactful that when you live here, you hardly even notice the murders.

Do you have anything to promote right now?

You can catch me and Canada’s best up-and-coming comics at my monthly Laughs on Tap show.

Where can we follow you?

Instagram | Facebook

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

Ryan Lachance, Jirair Garabedian, and Zawer Sulaiman




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