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Russell Peters and Kevin Hart to headline Stanley Park Comedy Festival

Russell Peters and Kevin Hart to headline Stanley Park Comedy Festival
Russell Peters and Kevin Hart to headline Stanley Park Comedy Festival

Russell Peters and Kevin Hart have been announced as the headliners for an outdoor stand-up comedy festival coming to Vancouver’s Stanley Park in September.

The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival released details online Tuesday, announcing that tickets will go on sale Wednesday at 10 a.m. Prices range from $59 to $199.

Peters, a Canadian favorite, will headline the Sept. 15 show. He’ll be joined by Reggie Watts and Steph Tolev. Information from the festival says Peters got his start doing stand-up comedy at open mics in Toronto before finding international fame, performing to sold-out crowds at venues like Madison Square Garden and the O2 Arena.

Hart, joined by as-yet-unnamed “friends,” will take the stage on Sept. 16. Hart’s Netflix specials have earned him People’s Choice and Grammy Awards, and his latest tour was named the number one comedy tour of 2022 by Billboard. He’s also a box office powerhouse, having appeared in 11 blockbuster films.

Anyone attending the show is warned that it will be a “phone-free experience,” meaning that all recording-capable devices must be placed in a venue-provided case upon entry and unlocked upon departure.

The plan for the festival was approved in March and was the first to be approved since the park board lifted a ban on new commercial events in the city’s parks.

“Large-scale special events activate public spaces, foster community connection and provide enriching cultural experiences,” the proposal to the board said.

“The Great Outdoors Comedy Festival offers a unique opportunity to deliver a diverse, inclusive and safe experience that celebrates and showcases all forms of comedy, from local acts to leading talent.”

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Talaysay Tours, an indigenous owned and operated company that offers historical and cultural tours of Stanley Park. The Stanley Park Ecology Society will also receive a portion of the profits.