The trouble with greatest-hits shows is that they can be considered cynically as blatant cash grabs. There is little risk for beloved artists with no new material to trot out their tried and true, and then rake in the cash.
Jem Rolls, the pied piper of performance poetry, returns for his sixth consecutive visit to Winnipeg with his leastest flops, or all his virtuoso verse.
It is fun to hear WeWon WeWon WeWon, Clangerman and Spoonerisms again and marvel at his flawless, rapid-fire delivery, which remains vibrant and entertaining. The only disappointment is that his hour-long best-of show doesn’t include his early signature move of climbing over audience members to recite his poems among them.
If you’ve never experienced the globe-trotting Scot, Leastest Flops is a mustest. If you’re a fan and have heard all these poems before, you will have to decide, with 145 other fringe festival options, whether you want to hear them again.
(Review by Kevin Prokosh based on Montreal performance)
From the official Fringe program:
"Dynamic, hilarious, riveting" - Winnipeg Free Press ***** 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
"JEM ROLLS LEAVES AUDIENCE SHAKEN…highest calibre…beautiful, inspiring" - Montreal Gazette ***** 2005/06, "Genius" - 2007
After six Fringe tours, Jem reprises some of his most unhated material. Supposedly.
Featuring WeWonWeWon, GoodSex, Spoonerisms, ClangerMan, Tourism, and many more untotalfailures. Purportedly.
"A true Fringe gem" - Toronto Now 4/4, 2008
Warnings: Subject Matter, Language,
Venue#14 The King's Head Pub 120 King Street (2nd Floor
Under 17 not admitted.