The 2015 Ottawa Fringe Festival is only days away. This week, Allan Mackey and Valerie Cardinal talked with some of this year’s presenters and pored over all the available material for all 56 shows at this year’s festival in order to decide the ten shows they thought were the most exciting and/or intriguing. From the 12th to the 16th, they’ll be highlighting those shows. Then on the 17th, we’ll talk about a few honourable mentions and give you a video preview of five local shows sure to entertain. Happy Fringing!
What is Spotlight On…
Crush Improv’s popular Armando-style format, “Spotlight On…” was first seen at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe Festival, where Crush was awarded Best Ensemble. We’re super excited to be back at Fringe, in one of our favourite venues, Arts Court Theatre.
Spotlight On… is a storytelling based format where each show is inspired by the anecdotes of a special guest.
Crush has assembled a stellar group of special guests as storytellers for the run, drawing on talent from other Fringe shows. That group includes local talents Kate Smith, Kevin Reid and Tony Adams, as well as Canadian Comedy Award-winner Sam Mullins, Japanese comedian Hiroshi Shimizu and Toronto-based clown Rachelle Elie. Each performer will bring their own unique style to the show, promising a fun and vibrant experience for the audience.
The cast will include Tim Anderson, AL Connors, Brooke Cameron, Dan Lajoie and our virtuoso Glen Gower.
Where and when to see Spotlight On…
Venue 1: Arts Court Theatre
June 18th – 7:30 pm with Kevin Reid (half-price opening!)
June 20th – 4:00 pm with Rachelle Elie
June 22nd – 7:30 pm with Sam Mullins
June 23rd – 10:30 pm with Tony Adams
June 25th – 6:00 pm with Hiroshi Shimizu
June 27th – 8:30 pm with Kate Smith
Why we’re excited about Spotlight On…
As noted above, Crush Improv debuted the Spotlight On… format at the 2011 Ottawa Fringe. It was pretty easily one of my favourite shows that year. I was laughing from beginning to end so much that my face hurt when it was over. Which was way too soon. You might say I was beyond excited to hear they were bringing it back this year.
Here’s a link to the video review from that show (yes, we reviewed by video back then).
The video also includes a preamble from AL Connors talking about the show format.
From their monthly hosted show, ‘Bout Time, that pits two teams of imrovisors against one another, to their wildly popular annual anniversary show, Crush Improv are Ottawa’s imrpov darlings for a reason. They are a finely tuned unit at the top of their game who share an incredibly chemistry and ability to play off one each other. The line-up may have changed since 2011 but the talent is definitely still there.
For laughs at this year’s festival, Crush Improv and Spotlight On… are there to fill your order in bulk.
Check them out…