Comedy

How to Get Over a Guy in 723 Days (and Other Useful Things I Learned from Afghanistan, the Dildo Dory Grill, and PTSD)

Judy Reid

Breaking up is hard to do. Breaking up after working in Afghanistan for four years and dealing with weird PTSD symptoms like crying whenever you hear Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” is just waaaaay harder. Newbie improv/sketch student and performer Judy Reid tells her (mostly) funny story of packing up her motorcycle and heading to Newfoundland, coping with crying jags, freaking out on public transit, and paying good money for shitty under-eye concealer while trying to find her way back to normal… and maybe even discovering something better along the way. Turns out that panicking on stage = less freaking out in life.

Half the profits from this show will be donated to Ottawa’s Improv Embassy to create an “Intro to Improv” class for people dealing with PTSD and anxiety.

NEW WORK

Drunk Girl

Thea Fitz-James

A mix of theatre & storytelling, Drunk Girl explores the intimacy, terror and celebration of women who drink. We follow 2 enigmatic characters, asking why so many smart, high-achieving women love a drink or 10. Drunk Girl is that moment the party takes a turn, a rollercoaster of calorie-counting keg parties and false feminisms. Is the drunk girl a contemporary crisis or radical feminist?

Blanket Fort

Leaping Mammal Collective

Blanket Fort explores the messy lives of three roommates. They share a small top floor apartment in a old building. They struggle to deal with themselves and, of course, their evil landlord. They like to drink. In a world where very real, very dark forces control the best hangout spots, our roommates fail to chill, and find themselves up to their necks in feathers and moustache hairs.

Blanket Fort is the first work created by Leaping Mammal Collective. Leaping Mammal is a budding theatre company in Ottawa and is very excited to be playing in the fringe this year! Leaping Mammal’s mandate is to create collectively and embrace the absurd.
An initial version of the show premiered as an opening act for the Fringe Encore production of Dead Unicorn Ink’s very popular Ten Little Sinners in October 2017. The initial version was about 20 min in length. The work received very well by our audiences. We were praised both for our relatable characters, and creative staging. We then decided to extend Blanket Fort to a full one act play! Both the initial and full length version of the show were created collectively by the cast.

Cast
Mark Andy Kellie
Xan Carley Richards
Haydn Jon Dickey

Directed by Ian McMullen

Leaping Mammal Collective

Leaping: we are excited, we are moving, we are trying to fly

Mammal: we are alive, we have instincts, we are honest about who we are

Collective: we create together, we play together, we share in joy, we share in pain

Right Now Tonight – CANCELLED

Chloe Barker, Nader Kaddour and Theo Clement

ALL PERFORMANCES OF THIS SHOW HAVE BEEN CANCELLED.

 

Brash, campy, crass and scrappy. Right Now Tonight is Ottawa’s own and only late night talk show featuring the best and weirdest Canada’s capital has to offer. Hosts Chloe Barker and Nader Kaddour dazzle with their slapstick shenanigans while a cast of scoundrel puppets rounds out this rag-tag ensemble. Right Now Tonight: help make our moms proud. Featuring new guests and performances each night.

The Last Spartan

Pierre Brault

How important is Art to a society? How will a culture be remembered if it has created no art? Multi award winning actor and playwright Pierre Brault, portrays multiple characters in this homage to his two greatest loves; history and the theatre.

“Brault is pure actor, a pleasure to watch.” – The Sunday Independent (Ireland)

“Pierre Brault is a national capital treasure” – CBC Radio

NEW WORK

CANADA 151

Not Oasis

The party is not over until they say it is!

After a Sold-out run at Toronto Fringe, Not Oasis takes their sharp wit and snappy punch lines to the nation’s capital. They’re fashionably late but ready to celebrate!

Patron’s Pick Winner – 2017 Toronto Fringe

Critics’ Pick – 2017 NOW Magazine

“genius…”
– Mooney on Theatre

“like a Second City mainstage revue…laugh-out-loud funny.”
– NOW Magazine

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

Josh Glanc

WINNER BEST COMEDY ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD 2018
WINNER BEST COMEDY PERTH FRINGE WORLD 2017
WINNER BEST COMEDY ADELAIDE FRINGE WEEKLY AWARD 2017

Josh Glanc completely sold out his 2018 Melbourne International Comedy Festival season. He won the Perth Fringe Comedy Award, the Adelaide Fringe Weekly Comedy Award, and sold out shows in Australia, Europe and Edinburgh, earning brilliant reviews.

He just finished smash hit seasons in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide where Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian was nominated for the WA Arts Editor Award (the only comedy show to be nominated) and also won the 2018 Best Comedy Adelaide Fringe Weekly Award.

Glanc’s unique brand of surreal, character sketch comedy is not to be missed. Named by major Australian Broadsheet paper The Age as one of the country’s ‘most exciting emerging talents’. He is strange, surreal, sweet and side-splitting hilarious.

‘Glanc is spectacular. ★★★★½’ The Music

‘Ever stepped inside a tornado? Or climbed into Joshua Glanc’s head? Chances are it’s a no but my guess is they’d be one and the same. Surreal, frenetic, peculiar… indisputably energising. ★★★★’ – Herald Sun

‘Bizarre, provocative, random, clever … go see him ★★★★½’ – The Advertiser

‘brilliant beyond belief… brings comedy to a whole new level ★★★★★’ – The Fourth Wall (18 Feb 2018)

“Speechless. Every time I have been privileged to see Josh Glanc in action I leave beaten up by originality, bravery and unadulterated wit. There is a reason he has been nominated and won multiple awards from a range of festivals… I think this type of comedy would be called Comedy Design. Everything is thought through, whether planned or in the moment, it’s all crazily cohesive. Keeping up with Josh isn’t an option. You have to surrender yourself to the ride.” – IN REVIEW (26 October 2017)

 

Red Bastard: Lie With Me

lawrence eric davis

YOU ARE A LIAR!!

But do you lie about love?

Award winning trickster, Red Bastard, stimulates your moral highs and lows as he asks each audience:

WHAT ARE THE RULES OF LOVE?

A hilarious ★★★★★ explosion of fun for singles, couples and anyone who’s dared to adore.

You’ll never look at your fellow audience members the same after this hilariously fun 5-star affair that exposes how we love and why. Former Cirque du Soleil Clowns Eric Davis and Aitor Basauri have created a mind-warping show for singles, couples and anyone who’s dared to adore.

★★★★★ -Edinburgh Festivals Magazine
“Just go… Hilarious and beautifully written… a tantalizing experience as funny as it is unforgiving. There really is nothing quite like it.”

★★★★★ -The Adelaidian
“An unquestionable must see! Hysterically funny… thought provoking… unforgettable performance.”

★★★★★ -Broadway Baby
Perfectly crafted… a show about lies, love and the lies we tell about love… A bacchanal buffet of frank admissions and delicious guilt.

★★★★★ -Get The Chance
“Hilarious, shocking and fantastic! You cannot help but laugh. Precise and perfect.”

★★★★★ -GLAM ADELAIDE
“Graceful, funny and confronting… Red Bastard raptures the audience.”

The show to see… Never to be forgotten… Utterly spellbinding, even tender. A full standing ovation from the deliriously happy packed room.
-The Scotsman

Go! Eric Davis is a Master. Hilariously shocking… deliciously rude… Makes us question our moral reasoning- admitting secrets and debating (as he) drags us willingly into his world.
– Across The Arts