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Laughs Flow Freely as Comedy on Tap Returns

Vancouver is slowly returning to normal, with some much-needed laughs.

The Comedy on Tap series hosted a show on Nov. 11 to a limited but enthusiastic crowd. The headliner for the evening was comedian Carl Wolfson.

The Kiggins opened its doors in April 1936. It has held many owners, and today the Kiggins is owned by Dan Wyatt. (Photo by Russell Flight/The Indy)

The series runs in the historic Kiggins Theatre, on the second Thursday of every month. After having been forced to pause due to the pandemic, the series returned in a limited capacity in May 2021, and went back to its regular schedule as of September and October. 

When asked about what is most enjoyable about the shows, event host Todd Armstrong said, “The Kiggins is the best kept little secret in Vancouver.”

The theatre was alive with motion and last minute preparations before the start of the show. 

Dan Wyatt, Kiggins’ owner, meandered near the entrance to the theater, flanked by host Todd Armstrong and Wolfson. Armstrong started the show with a brief comedy set before introducing and handing off the microphone to each of the comedians. 

The first comedian up was Jaren George. George is based in Portland and has been doing stand up for 8 years.

For health purposes, the theater had many sections closed off from public use so that the audience could spread out for the show. (Photo by Russell Flight/The Indy)

The next comedian up was Lee Tillman. Tillman, also based in Portland, has been doing stand up for 3 plus years. Wolfson was the headliner, so he finished out the show.

The next event from Comedy on Tap will be held Dec. 9, with headliner Kermet Apio.

Mariah Lewis, a volunteer for the event, has helped with the series for a little over two years.

“Being a part of Kiggins, the institution, is really meaningful, and also it’s great to help with stand up,” said Lewis.

With three comedians, the host, a person on keyboard for introductions and a full service front end and bar, the Kiggins is ready to shine. (Photo by Russell Flight/The Indy)

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