Comedy

House Show

Two Second Push Up

Every room has a story. Every house has its secrets. How does time affect the memory of a home? Walk through the rooms of 328 Besserer, and witness the lives of past, present, and future tenants.

A collaboration between the creators of 2016 Fringe hits: Division 161, In Waking Life and Prix Rideau Award winning Outstanding New Creation Rideshares & Rope Swings.

Created by Monica Bradford-Lea, Caterina Fiorindi, Even Gilchrist, Matt Hertendy, Cullen Elijah McGrail, Franco Pang, Cullen Petersen, Sam Randazzo, Olivia Tilley, Matthew Venner, Lauren Welchner.

NEW WORK

The Inventor of All Things

jem rolls

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.

How I Lost One Pound, The Musical

Lesley Carlberg

Abandoned mom and lost soul, Lesley Carlberg has spent her life battling the muffin top. But now she has even bigger problems: her kids have left home so what is she going to be when she grows up? And where is the TV Volume Remote?

How I Lost One Pound, The Musical follows Lesley’s quest in this self-absorbed world to realize her purpose in life now and maybe even lose a pound or two…but probably not.

NEW WORK

Do You Want to Live Forever?

Allison Elizabeth Burns

“I was just living a normal life until he came along. Now it’s been three hundred years since I abandoned my plans. It’s fun living in the company of hedonists, but…. Should I keep living forever? How long is that? Will I exist forever? I don’t know. Maybe I’ll just join some cosmic dream soup.”

From the producer of the award winning, The Duck Wife, a story told through dance, poetry, and magic.

NEW WORK

Dicky Dicky Dream Factory

Ray Besharah & David Brown with help from Kevin Orr & Theatre 4.669

We make dreams come true (maybe even yours!) in this one-of-a-kind Fringe experience. Submerge yourself in a dark new theatrical experiment, and discover true connection. This show will leave a lasting impression. Never the same show twice, and highly interactive (if you want). You will sign multiple waivers. You will be hooded and handcuffed. This show is not for kids or the faint of heart.

NEW WORK

Gerard Harris: Attention Seeker

Gerard Harris

What do you call the nervous, distracted jokewriter for a top UK comedian when he’s forced to do standup, using crippling stage-fright & jokes the comedian didn’t buy, all so the world can see who’s REALLY the funny one?

From the creator of last year’s Best of Fest storytelling show A Tension To Detail comes this regrettably true story about ambition, frustration, stand-up comedy and lie-down psychology from the mildly acclaimed British storyteller and comedian.

“Hugely talented, a cut above most storytellers.” -CBC
“Slipping wholeheartedly into Harris’s comic world is not just rewarding, but inevitable.” -Ottawa Citizen
“Don’t miss this magnetic stage presence.” – New Ottawa Critics
“He is doing something so unlike conventional storytelling or long-form stand-up comedy that he is dancing on the edge of a knife.” -Apt613, Ottawa
★★★★★ “incredibly smart and funny ” -Edmonton Journal
★★★★ “it’s . . . what was I going to . . . . Oh, yeah, good” -Saskatoon Star-Phoenix
“The master of spinning yarns.” -The Coast, Halifax
“Come with your antennae up so you don’t miss a thing.” -Montreal Rampage
“Harris is engaging and interesting and a masterful story-teller.” -Stage Whispers, Perth
“I loved every minute of it.” -Art Murmurs, Wellington
“Hilarious.” -Dominion Post, Wellington
“Masterful storytelling.” -Pantograph Punch, Wellington

Best Solo Show, Nelson 2016