Margin Films’ Comedy Invasion Announces
its First Line-up of Diverse Canadian Comedians
The Stand-up Comedy TV Series will be Taped Live on May 7th and 8th, 2022
at Vancouver’s Historic Firehall Arts Centre
(Vancouver, BC) April 6, 2022 – After two trying years of COVID for the global community, executive producer Quentin Lee (Margin Films) and distributor Victor Elizalde (Viva Pictures) reteam for Comedy Invasion, a new TV series spotlighting a fresh cast of diverse Canadian standup comedians.
Each episode of this first TV series of its kind, Comedy Invasion, will feature a half hour set from a breakout Canadian comic who is either from the disabled, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ and/or female community. Four live shows will be taped on May 7th and 8th at Vancouver’s historic Firehall Arts Centre. Tickets will go on sale on April 12th, 2022 through the Firehall box office of https://tickets.firehallartscentre.ca or call (604) 689 0926.
The first season of Comedy Invasion will mainstage diverse Canadian comedians: Toronto’s Desirée Walsh living with cerebral palsy, Vancouver’s indigenous Keith “Bubbas” Nahanee, Vancouver’s Japanese Canadian Yumi Nagashima, Calgary’s transgender drag queen activist Karla Marx, Vancouver’s queer and Asian DJ On, San Jose to Vancouver transplant comedian Alisha Dhillon, and Vancouver’s own social media sensation Davin Tong (aka Peter Chao).
Opening the four live shows is Vancouver’s stand up comedian and filmmaker Milton Ng.
Co-created by Quentin Lee with distribution by Viva Pictures Distribution LLC, Season 1 of Comedy InvAsian had its world premiere on Hulu as an exclusive in 2018. Season 2 of Comedy InvAsian will premiere in May 2022 on Peacock and Tubi, kicking off AAPI Heritage Month.
“I’m thrilled to be creating the first TV series of its kind in Canada based on our proprietary format of Comedy InvAsian. Comedy Invasion will be a platform of discovery empowering diverse Canadian comedians to shine and own a piece of global media history,” said Quentin Lee, creator of Comedy Invasion.
“I am especially excited that this TV series coincides with the start of Asian Heritage Month in Vancouver, as this is an opportunity to celebrate diverse and often underrepresented voices of up-and-coming Canadian comedians. Comedy Invasion is the first of its kind and we hope that it will set the stage for many more to come,” said Cindy AuYeung, producer of Comedy Invasion.
“Not unlike Canada’s SCTV when it first released, Comedy Invasion is looking to break the traditional comedy rules with this line-up of diverse comedians,” said Victor Elizalde, President of Viva Pictures, as well as producer and distributor of Entre Nos, the leading LatinX standup comedy show on HBO currently in its 5th season.
Created and directed by Quentin Lee, Comedy Invasion features Canada’s diverse comedians each spotlighted with a 30-minute set. Cindy AuYeung is the producer and editor of the series. Brian Cheung is the cinematographer with original music composed by the talented Joelysa Pankanea.
Additional talent assets available upon request.
Please note that this event will be recorded live on camera – so be prepared to have your laughing face photographed!
RUN OF SHOW
Saturday May 7th @ 7pm
Saturday May 7th @ 9 pm
Sunday May 8th @ 3 pm
Sunday May 8th @ 5 pm
ABOUT MARGIN FILMS LTD.
A member of Canadian Media Producers Association, Margin Films Ltd. is filmmaker Quentin Lee’s Canadian production company. Quentin has directed and produced over a
dozen features and two television series. In 2020, Quentin has made Kim McVicar’s Please Notice Me, Brash Boys Club and Candy and Smiley, three comedy specials for Comedy Dynamics. He has also co-directed, co-wrote and produced an acclaimed sci-fi comedy feature titled Comisery during the pandemic. As well as other Zoom TV series Boy Luck Club, and the acclaimed short doc Searching for Anna May Wong featuring Sandra Oh, Tzi Ma, Amy Hill and the late Elizabeth Sung. See the feature in Variety HERE. In 2021, he executive produced and directed Season 2 of Comedy InvAsian to be released on Peacock in May 2022, and produced and directed his 8th feature film, Last Summer of Nathan Lee.
ABOUT VIVA PICTURES DISTRIBUTION LLC
Viva Pictures is an independent film production studio and all-rights distributor based in Los Angeles. Viva has a successful track record releasing films theatrically and through major digital platforms including Direct TV, Hulu, Dish, Amazon Prime, IMDb TV, Redbox and more. Viva’s movies have grossed over $500 Million at the global box office and have garnered over 600 Million impressions on social media. Viva’s films have been featured in People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, Extra, Just Jared, Animation Magazine, and more.