School of Contemporary Dancers (Venue 24), to Saturday
This is British comedian Chris Gibbs’ 13th Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival, and he’s a reliable mainstay, performing to a warm, sold-out crowd Saturday night.
Those tours through Winnipeg have given him some of his best material — his nights in dodgy downtown hotels, a mugging, Grant Park. He never once resorts to the Jets, the mosquitoes or the cold for a laugh. That’s four stars right there.
Gibbs, now a Toronto transplant, is best when he’s recounting his own awkward, shlubby, slightly sweaty reactions to everyday situations — buying a burger for a homeless man, camping with friends or even the mysterious drip from the theatre’s rafters.
He makes well-deserved fun of the phony ways most comedians contrive to string disparate stories together, but this show could still use a stronger through-line. It’s meant to be about life lessons, but that’s a little forced. And, when he fell back on more traditional comedian fare — the difference between women and men, for example — the laughs waned. But it’s otherwise very good standup.
— Mary Agnes Welch
From the official Fringe Festival program:
Fringe regular Chris Gibbs (Gibberish, Like Father, Like son? Sorry., The Power of Ignorance) returns to the Winnipeg Fringe with a brand new comedy show that might also say something about life.
"One of the funniest guys around" National Post
"Chris Gibbs is quite simply the most solid bang for your comedy buck going" CBC
Recommended For: Mature Audience
Length: 60 min.
Babes in arms permitted.