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The Quitter

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Al Lafrance dropped out of school, resigned from jobs and left town so often he began to view himself as “the quitter.”

It’s hard to argue with him, as giving up seems to be the story of his life, as told by the bearded Montrealer during his entertaining hour-long monologue. For a while, it looks as if his claim to fame will be shooting a mini-golf record of 51 in his hometown of Aylmer, Que. That’s because he’s a three-time loser at college, where his crowning achievement was founding a money-making doughnut club funded by the school. His employment history was equally spotty, mostly due to boring jobs.

What begins to become clear about Lafrance is that, through it all, he never quit on himself. He never settled or bought into the idea that quitting means failing. His happy ending was finding his place on the fringe-festival circuit, first as the general manager of the Montreal fest and currently as a performer. Lafrance’s well-told, relatable story earned The Quitter a best comedy award at the Montreal Fringe Festival in June.

— Kevin Prokosh (Show reviewed during fringe festivals in Montreal and Ottawa last month.)

From the Fringe program:

Director: Sophie Croteau

Cast: Al Lafrance

Quitters never win and winners never quit. But what if you choose to be a loser? The Quitter is a comedic tale of donuts, mini golf and cannibalism.

"…A lone wolf with a sense of humour…" – Montreal Gazette

"You have an active mind and a keen imagination." – A fortune cookie

Al Lafrance is a pretty funny guy from Montreal whose stories have been featured on CBC's Definitely Not The Opera, No More Radio's "Confabulation" and a variety of other awesome places.

Audience Classification: General

Length: 45 mins.

Warnings: Mild language

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