The pretensions and eccentricities of small-town entertainers have been brilliantly spoofed in movies like Waiting for Guffman and series like SCTV. This local effort to parody a cable-access TV show in a town with 132 residents feels extremely tired and strained by comparison.
Vanessa Macrae and Justin Deeley are experienced fringe performers with high energy and obvious talent. But there’s nothing remotely original about Macrae’s way-too-perky Dottie Spicer and her toupee-wearing, smarmy cousin and co-host, Rusty.
Great effort has gone into pre-taping a mock documentary and technically impressive faux clips from the cornball morning show, but they’re shown on TV screens that are too small to be effective.
If you’re a fan of the now-cancelled Air Farce and its sledgehammer style of parody, you might find something uproarious in a cooking segment featuring ice cream that’s put in the oven, or in the duo’s clueless movie reviews of ancient releases like Gandhi.
Otherwise, change channels quickly.
— Alison Mayes
From the official Fringe program:
You see them every morning on your local WXLP station. You've loved them separately, or maybe at the same time; Millersville is a small place.
This is the story of the little cable access program that did - almost…
Starring Justin Deeley (a.k.a. "Hot Karl", Spleen Jockeys) and Vanessa Macrae (Canadian Comedy Award winner, Thursday's Child, Year of the Panda).
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
RECOMMENDED: General Audience
Venue#12 Canwest Centre for Theatre and Film (U of W) 400 Colony Street