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One-Man Traffic Jam

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Over 11 fringe-festival poetry recitations, Scotsman Jem Rolls has been the model of consistency, profusely sweating out an intense hour of articulate verse at breakneck speed.

You always knew what to expect from Rolls — until this year and his latest flurry of words and images, called One-Man Traffic Jam. It should have been evident that something was up when, for the first time, a program was offered at the door.

Then, surprisingly, Roll launched into what amounted to a laugh-filled 15-minute standup routine about fringe festivals in Canada and in Edinburgh, which he says is so huge you could drop the Regina Fringe Festival into it and not find it for three weeks.

The 45-minute title piece is Rolls at his most familiar, performing a breathless travelogue about the bus rides he endures in search of material for his poetry. Look for his first costume change.

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

From the Fringe program:

Poetic comedy featuring a seething row between Compassion, Apathy and Road Rage.

In an angry red London bus. And a Starb*cks so vast it has another Starb*cks inside of it.

***** "High performance master" - Winnipeg Free Press

How to cross streets in Pnomh Penh, and get off buses in Cairo.

***** "Highest calibre...Genius." - Montreal Gazette

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Is money an alien attack virus?

"Dynamic, hilarious, captivating… Go see." - The Scotsman

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