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“Bonjooour,” croons Red Bastard as he prances onstage, awaiting the audience’s “bonjour” in return. “Yes, this is THAT kind of show,” he says. And so it is; your enjoyment of its 75 minutes will depend on your tolerance for audience participation (no one is safe).

Eric Davis is a magnetic performer in the bouffon clown tradition. Clad in a snood and red one-piece long johns stuffed with rubber balls — making him look like a preening tumour — he taunts and goads the audience like a court jester mocking a king, until he turns his shtick into a kind of self-help lecture.

His wit and strangely beautiful physicality mask the fact that the revelations we’re experiencing are fairly banal.

At Thursday’s show, there was one thrilling moment when a woman in the crowd quit her crappy waitressing job over the phone. But on her way out, she was overheard to say, “Luckily my friend answered — I’ll still have a job tomorrow.”

Because this is that kind of show.

— Jill Wilson

 

From the Fringe program:

Something interesting must happen every 10 seconds… and it will! After sold out shows across Canada, Australia and the U.S., America's Dangerous, Seductive Comedy-Monster comes to unleash his absurdly sadistic masterclass on Winnipeg. His mission: charm, disarm, shock and seduce. His target: you. Anything can happen as Red Bastard lures his "students" into raw conversation, provocations, rewards, and catch-22's.

Director: Created under the direction of Sue Morrison with continued direction by Deanna Fleysher

Cast: Eric Davis

"Very, Very Funny" – NY Times.

5 Stars - Eye Weekly Toronto

Recommended For: Mature Audience

Length: 75 mins.

Tickets: $10

Under 18 not admitted.

Warnings: Language, Nudity

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