Standing at the heart of Vancouver’s stand-up scene is Ivan Decker, a 27-year-old middle child who just wants to make people laugh. Decker began stand-up at 19, debuting at Yuk Yuk’s (now the Comedy Mix) on Burrard to a less-than-thrilling reaction. “My first time on stage was okay,” says Decker. “After that, my second night, I got booed off stage, which I thought was something that would happen commonly. I was like, ‘Oh yeah, this probably happens to people. Whatever.’ And in the eight years that I’ve been doing comedy since then, I’ve never seen that happen to anyone else at that club, ever.”
Despite this early setback, Decker strode on, simply craving the feeling of comedy and its process. While many working comedians can coast on their constructed stand-up hour for years, Decker explains that he feels an obligation to constantly improve and update his material, to engage in the craft of comedy. While he has other pursuits that include sketch comedy, improv, scene work, and a potential sitcom script he’s working on with local comedian Adam Pateman, Decker’s first love remains stand-up.