Chelsea Manders has had a hard life, in that she hasn’t had the hard life she wanted and had to it all herself. Now, through song and stand-up in her one-woman show, she wants to tell you all about it and leave you with an important message.
Should you see it?
Don’t Tell My Dad, by Chelsea Manders, is a wonderfully delightful reverse-after school special. In it, Chelsea explains how she overcame the obstacles in her life, such as supportive parents, a middle class upbringing, and orthodontics, in order to fuck herself up on her way to becoming a tortured artist.
The show is a fun blend of stand-up comedy and folk songs – naughty folk songs – to make for a very funny hour during which:
- you’ll get to hear about Chelsea’s formative life events such as her adventure with orthodontics and her trip to France
- you’ll get to hear such wonderful classic folk songs such as Existential Baby and Cannibal Love Song
- you’ll learn things you didn’t know such as the slutty mommy nature of Mother Brittania, and the futures of some of your favourite storybook characters including Anne of Green Gables.
Manders is a ball of energy and terribly funny both in her stand-up bits and the witty lyrics of her songs, making it easy for her to fully hold your attention through the show while you’re waiting to hear just what she’s going to say next. As long as you’re not put off by something a little naughty, and let’s be honest, everybody likes it a little naughty every now and again, Don’t Tell My Dad will not steer you wrong. All she wants is to make you laugh and help you believe that you, too, can fuck yourself up without the help of anybody else at all.
Matthew’s Follow Up:
Chelsea Manders show Don’t Tell My Dad has gotten a lot of positive buzz around the Ottawa Fringe Festival and my editor suggested I take it in as it would likely fit my sense of humour. He was right. Mander is a talented musician and a very funny comedian. She is charming and has a very high energy and is quite witty in her writing of misdirection’s.
Not only was Manders musical portions of the show strong, but her monologues are quite funny and well-polished. Some of her songs and bits run a little long, but over all she has a lot of great material. Her song about an existential baby was hilarious.
Manders show has a whole lot of attitude and will keep you chuckling from start to finish. I just wish this show had taken place in a venue more appropriate to its content, perhaps a bar, or a venue that just serves alcohol, because sitting around a table having a beer while watching Manders performance would actually enhance the already great experience.
What did you think? What was your favourite song or moment from the show? Did you learn anything? Join the discussion in the comments below.