Comedy

METRO BEST OF FEST – The Inventor of All Things

jem rolls

The Inventor of All Things (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

So Leo Szilard is a Jewish Hungarian on the run from the Nazis in London in 1933.
When he has the single scariest idea any human being has ever had.
The Atomic Bomb.
Even worse, the home of Physics then is Berlin.
Which has just become Nazi Berlin.
It is what happens next.
It is a true story.
He was very funny.
And prize-winningly eccentric.
And pretty much no-one has ever heard of him.
Smash hit FringeTour 2015.
“Terrific ” ★★★★★ – StarPhoenix
“Superb” ★★★★ 1/2 stars – Edmonton Sun.
“Magnetic, mesmerising” – CBC
“The unbelievable true story of Hungarian-American physicist and inventor Leo Szilard… Jem Rolls is dynamic, funny, and passionate …proves that truth is stranger than fiction in this incredibly entertaining and engaging story … reminiscent of a party guest telling a story over dinner… It is my belief that his story has enriched my life.“ – Apartment 613, June 2015
“A Gem of a performance!… Rolls turns the life story of this incredible human being, who escaped the Nazis, into the masterful adventure of a superhero. The range of his delivery is enormous and it is this playful delivery that stimulates our attention and keeps us glued for a whole hour.” -Alvina Ruprecht, Capital Critics Circle, June 2015.
“Beloved performer” – Montreal Gazette, June 2015
A big story of a little man in big times.

METRO BEST OF FEST – AL Connors: DJ Detective

AL Connors

AL Connors: DJ Detective (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

Every party has a secret. This information may not even be known by those in the room. It’s my job to figure it out. Which song will get the party started?

In this live DJ’d show, I reveal every trick I’ve learned in my 20-year career on how to read a room and get people dancing. And, along the way, I’ll relate some of the highs and lows of playing music for money.

NEW WORK

METRO BEST OF FEST – High Tea: Another British Comedy

James & Jamesy

High Tea: Another British Comedy (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

“I CANNOT THINK OF A SHOW THAT WILL LEAVE YOU MORE PROFOUNDLY HAPPY THAN THIS” (Stage Door).

England’s 16-time BEST-OF-FEST winners, 3-time recipients of London’s IMPRESARIO Award, and 2016 Canadian Comedy Award winners, James & Jamesy accidentally flood the world with tea, clinging to their friendship and imagination to stay afloat. “One of the most popular Fringe duos ever” CBC.

★★★★★ “Outrageously funny, magnificently written.” -London Free Press
★★★★★ “Anything is possible.” -Torontoist
★★★★★ “An irresistible delight.” -Stage Door

METRO BEST OF FEST – BLIND TO HAPPINESS

Tim C. Murphy

BLIND TO HAPPINESS (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

A socially awkward dishwasher, his cat, positive psychology, some beer, and perhaps life’s most important question – is happiness a choice?

Best of Fest –  2016 Toronto Fringe

“One of the best the Fringe has to offer. ” -Montreal Gazette
“Engaging and inspiring.” -NYTheatre
★★★★★ “Beautiful. A must see!” -Ignite FM Winnipeg
★★★★ “Thought-provoking.” -Eye Weekly
★★★★ -Winnipeg Free Press
★★★★ -Torontoist

METRO BEST OF FEST – 6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation

Tim Motley

6 Quick Dick Tricks: A Dirk Darrow Investigation (original show listing includes reviews)

On closing night, the Festival’s most popular shows stage a round of encore performances. One show from each of the Festival’s five official venues. All five performances serve as a fundraiser for the Ottawa Fringe, with proceeds split 50-50 between artists and the Festival.

From 8 time Fringe Fest Award Winning Magician Tim Motley, 
creator of 2 Ruby Knockers, 1 Jaded Dick…
★★★★★ “Spellbound.” -Australian Stage.

A mind blowing mentalist collides with thrilling danger in an ALL NEW nail-biting film-noir murder mystery adventure. Featuring unbelievable magic tricks to confound the senses and a rapid fire comedy to fracture the funny bone, this hilarious psychic detective with the winning smile puts on a killer show… literally.

★★★★★ “Incredible mental abilities” -Edmonton Journal
★★★★★ “Dry wit and slick delivery” -Vancouver Sun

“A mind blowing mentalist show. Perfectly executed.” – The Revue
Ottawa Winner: “FUNNIEST SHOW”
London Fringe Festival Winner: “BEST OF FEST”
Edmonton Fringe Festival Winner: “PICK OF THE FRINGE”
Victoria Fringe Festival Winner: “PATRON’S PICK”
Winnipeg Fringe Festival Winner: “CRITIC’S PICK” Cincy Fringe Festival

Hotter Than Potter

Keith Brown

Expect the unexpected from world-class Magician Keith Brown with his new show Hotter Than Potter. Keith has inspired wonder in over 17 countries and counting. Toronto’s Best Magician & he’s not even from Toronto! See it to believe it! It’s Absolute Magic!

★★★★★ “Don’t Miss This!” -CBC

“You’re INCREDIBLE!” -Dave Grohl

“Mind-bending, mind-boggling and mind-blowing!” -Orlando Sentinel

NEW WORK

Xave Ruth: Music + Comedy + Math

Xave Ruth

Xave Ruth writes comedic songs about love, robots, bicycles, science, people named Steve, and two or three other things. Math teacher by day, his teacherly impulses creep into his show in the form of games, crafts, audience participation, and math-music-pattern-experiments. Come hear some music, laugh some laughs, and play some bingo!

NEW WORK

The Iliad for Dummies

Lauriane Lehouillier, Julie Malenfant & Valérie Soares

Homer’s The Iliad is a complex epic poem that intricates war and politics among the livings and the Gods, making it almost impossible to understand thousands of years after it was first told! Using everyday objects, The Iliad for Dummies takes the essence of the story and vulgarizes it in a modern way that takes away its nobility, its pretension, its censorship and…its decency.

DEB Talks

Deborah Ring

DEB Talks: Some ideas are not worth spreading.

In this for-profit solo character comedy show, you are invited to watch some of the most non-expert experts talk words at you. DEB Talks 2017 is sketch comedy all about the spirit of radically thoughtless ideas.

People have said nice things about Deb: “Ring is deadly funny”, “seriously funny” and she “must have sketch comedy built into [her] DNA.”

Movin’ Melvin Brown: A Man, A Magic, A Music!

Melvin Brown

Let Movin’ Melvin Brown take you on a Musical journey (50’s-90’s) through his incredible life. Best described as ‘The last of the great Song & Dance Men’, his award-winning entertainment career spans 5 decades of singing, tap-dancing, storytelling & laughing with the best.

“Exceptional, sheer brilliance.” -Scotsman
★★★★★ “It’s a rare treat.” -The Age
“Brown was born to perform.” ★★★★★ BroadwayBaby

He was a feature artist at Oprah Winfrey’s birthday party for Maya Angelou, he opened for Harry Connick Jr on his Australian tour, he’s appeared with legends such as Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson and James Brown – and now he’s coming to Ottawa!

A Man, A Magic, A Music has received five star reviews and sold out performances in main Arts Festivals around the world from Edinburgh to Adelaide, Avignon, Brighton, Hong Kong, Macau, Seattle, Edmonton… it’s a rare treat not to be missed!

Winner ‘People’s choice’ award in Vancouver.

“I urge you to go see this show.” -Annie Leo, Rip It Up Magazine
“This guy is beautiful. One of the best nights out possible.” -Steve Jones, dB magazine