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Fish Stampede and Tiger Lattes

The 2007 theatre season gears up from here on through the Fringe. Not counting the Bard on the Beach stuff (Possibly promising: Timons of Athens, which is rarely done and I’ve never even read, let alone seen, and an Old West cowboy-style Taming of the Shrew. Let’s face it, anything done cowboy-style is better than anything done not-cowboy-style. Except westerns, which often work in outer space, too.).

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T Paul Ste. Marie, 1966- 2007

T Paul Ste. Marie, the sheik of sleek, or at least of slick, has passed away. Almost a year to the day of suffering a brain aneurysm in 2006, T Paul died May 31. According to his Myspace site he was only 41.

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Scratching an Inch

The words “pickle,” “mount” and “confined space” may be arranged however looks best in your head.

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120 BPM

Escaping the eighties to find ourselves.

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Beyond Boobies

Daydreaming of something beyond jokes about boobies and penises.

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Men of Silk and Flannel

Under their pajamas, Marc Chavez and Shenoah Allen are completely naked. What’s more, they are oiled up and sport erotic piercings from every piercable surface. Tattoos of belly-dancing dragons writhe and wriggle at will across their taut flesh. Bulges vie with mounds of heaving, sculpted muscle. I want you all to think about that when you go to see their one-night-only performance of Stop Not Going on Monday. I want you all to think hard. Dissolve their cotton armour with your sweating eyes. Then I want you all to try laughing at their unbelievable comedy routines and improvisations. I dare you. Ha! You’ll all be too painfully embarrassed with your own bulges and leaks, and terrified your neighbour will notice your damp moanings and delicious squirmings in your seat. That’ll teach you. Frankly, there’s way too much laughing going on in this town, even if it is mostly when the Pajama Men come through. It’s unseemly. If I can in some small way stifle the laughter with smut, then by God I will. You know what happens when you laugh too much? Like the weasel says, you could die laughing. Better to have audiences merely masturbating in the theatre, then they’ll only go blind. This is for your own good, people!


Stop Not Going happens for one night only on Monday, March 12 at the Playwrights Theater Center, 1398 Cartwright St. Granville Island.

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Vancouver Comedy Feast (or) Alan's Spillage.

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Comedy has evolved from being the new rock and roll to become the new statesmanship. Television programmes like the Daily Show and The Colbert Report are considered in some circles to be better, more objective sources of information than traditional news media. Recent studies into viewers’ awareness of current affairs suggest this may actually be so. The joke now contains more truth than the bulletin. That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of silly fart gags still floating about, but in a modern world clamped in the vice of terror, even a bit of whimsy meant to lighten the mood takes on a political dimension.

This year’s Vancouver Comedy Festival features numerous fiercely political comedians, including Margaret Cho, Janeane Garofolo and David Cross. All are ruthless satirists and social critics who have moved way beyond the stereotypical “Hey, anybody here ever drink a cup of coffee? Isn’t coffee weird?” comedy that clogged the 80s and 90s.

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The Fringe Thickens Like Self-Making Gravy

The 2006 Fringe continues, so there’s still plenty of time to see stuff before all you have left are the Picks of the Fringe. The Georgia Straight’s picks are predicable but solid. It’s such a shame they only pick four as it means a lot of only slightly less popular, but no less wonderful shows, are left out. On the other hand. If they had all the shows I think should be in there it would just be a continuation of the Fringe. This year’s picks are The Best of the Pajama Men, Colossus; The Cody Rivers Show, Jesus Christ; The Lost Years and Legoland from Victoria’s Atomic Vaudeville.

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The Cody Rivers Show

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Moby Schtick; the Great Fringe Hunt

The Vancouver Fringe returns for its 22nd year, running until the 17th with the Pick of Fringe following almost immediately after, Sept 21-24. It’s a considerably thinner festival, and a little shaky, but filled with a renewed sense of purpose and fun.

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