A Canadian first for a Coquitlam comedian

Hill to tape two sets at UBC’s Chan Centre on March 28.

There has never been a better time to be a comedian, Coquitlam’s Ed Hill says.

Not only is the audience bigger and hungrier to have a laugh, but the number of ways to reach comedy fans has spiked.

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“It’s just incredible,” said Hill, a Pinetree secondary graduate who last year released his third live comedy album. “There are so many more platforms to get your material out.”

Previously, Hill said, it took a destination such as The Late Show to break out; now, the options and content are limitless.

For his next recording, Hill will venture into new territory — and it’ll be one that will place him on the map as a Taiwanese-Canadian comedian.

March 28, Hill will make his one-hour comedy special debut for the small screen based on two shows he’s performing that night at the Chan Centre at UBC.

With worldwide distribution rights secured by Comedy Dynamics, the taping will feature stories about his parents, Candy and Smiley, which is also the name of the special.

Hill said he’ll have some important guests at the Chan Centre: his folks, who have never seen their son on stage. “There’s a lot of weight on my shoulders for this one,” he joked.

“I wanted to capture the people who made me who I am,” Hill said last week from Calgary, where he had eight gigs including one on New Year’s Eve.

(This week, he has six appearances scheduled at the Pechanga Comedy Club in Temecula, Cal.).

In addition to the special and touring, there’s more on Hill’s plate for 2020.

Although he can’t yet disclose details, Hill is working on a script for a TV sitcom based on his family life while growing up in Coquitlam.

“I’m always looking for the next thing,” Hill said of his career goals. “It’s hard to move forward when you don’t have a destination.”

Tickets for Ed Hill’s one-hour comedy special in the Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre will be released Jan. 14 via candyandsmiley.com.

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