Company: birthmark_productions, Winnipeg, MB
Venue: 9 - Shaw Performing Arts Centre (MTYP)
It’s a solid 30-40 minutes of big laughs with zero traces of intellectualism and one stellar Gord Downie impression.
Veteran Winnipeg Fringe performer Ronald George Moore starts off his 20th anniversary performance by strolling onto the stage late, with all of the lights in the theatre still way up. And it's hard to tell whether this is intentional or simply a result of his total lack of preparation for this show.
Either way, it somehow works, the audience is roaring with laughter as he walks on stage saying "sh*t sorry guys, I was standing back there forever!"
The concept is simple, on stage there's a wheel adorned with the titles of his best comedic songs and skits from the past 20 years. Audience members are invited, no forced, to spin the wheel and Moore performs hits such as "Dead Poodle", the "Twitter Song (#yeah)", and "Fat Gord Downie", with a frantic, breathless enthusiasm.
Within the first five minutes, the small audience had moved to the first two rows and were singing backup to one profanity laden song about the worst boss ever. Rather than simply watching Moore perform, we were along for the ride.
It was like being at a really good house party around 1:00AM on a Saturday night. That is until the 45 minute mark when Moore joked "What time is it? This show should be over by now."
And he was right. Like most good house parties, I left wishing that I could go back in time and exit at the high point. The loud band had started to overtake Moore and the raunchiness of the songs was beginning to wear on the crowd.
Overall I would recommend this show to anyone looking for something different in their Fringe calendar. It's a solid 30-40 minutes of laughs with zero traces of intellectualism and one stellar Gord Downie impression.
Do not go if you are at all offended by profanity, a total lack of professionalism, jokes about sex or loud rock music.