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Sex, Religion & Other Hang-ups

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Toronto actor/writer James Gangl confesses right from the outset of his 75-minute one-man comedy that he is performing it in the hopes of finding a girlfriend. He scans the good-sized Cinematheque crowd and says hopefully that one of the females could already be smitten by love at first sight.

It turns out he is courting the entire audience with a highly entertaining true story about his first professional acting job in a familiar Coors Lite commercial. Almost better than landing his union card is getting to party with the shoot’s sexy snow bunny No. 3. Their romance warms up but Gangl must deal with the title hang-ups — mostly to do with him being a good Catholic boy who used to invite in Jehovah’s Witnesses who showed up at his door. The prospects of pre-marital sex even with a comely underwear model conflicts his libido and manifests itself with reams of bad poetry.

Director and fringe favourite Chris Gibbs maintains an easy flow and pace that is ideal for the performer’s brutal honesty. Gangl will make you cringe and laugh at his affairs of the heart but this everyman exudes an underdog genuineness that should appeal to every women. Just in case, Gangl makes sure female admirers get his number at the conclusion. As a come-on, he screens his Coors Lite ad.

— Kevin Prokosh

From the Fringe program:

Director: Chris Gibbs

Cast: James Gangl

A guy with a ravenous sexual libido battles it out against a guy with a staunch Catholic upbringing over the heart of a sexy, insightful underwear model that he meets at his first professional acting gig, a commercial shoot for Coors Light.

Directed by Chris Gibbs

**** "Like Spalding Gray if he'd joined Kids in the Hall…exceptionally hilarious" – Edmonton Journal

**** "An illuminated monologue…compelling" – Toronto Sun

"Hugely entertaining" – Globe & Mail

Canadian Comedy Award WINNER

 

Audience Classification: Mature

Length: 75 mins.

Warnings: Coarse Language, Sexual Content

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