The No Bull$#!% History of Canada is no bull$#!%! The very talented, funny and wildly entertaining Kyle Allatt guides the audience on a tour de force of the top 10 Canadians to have ever lived or ever influenced this fine country that we call home. The stage setting is simple, yet shows the audience exactly what they’re in for, a screen set up on stage right, a few Canadian flags draped throughout the stage and a beaver, sitting proudly on top of one of those Canadian flags. If you didn’t know you were coming into a history lesson before, you certainly do now.
The No Bull$#!% History of Canada explores how those who helped build and shape our country were all a little bit eccentric and perhaps all a little deserving of being sent to the looney bin from time to time. The show is very tongue in cheek and full of robust wit. It is delivered with a polished, yet cocky attitude that actually draws the audience in, instead of pushing them away. It’s obvious from the beginning that Allatt knows exactly what he’s talking about and he’s not going to bull$#!% you at all.
Allatt explores characters that defined Canadian history from the 1600’s up until the present day, and not only succinctly and wittily puts these characters on displays, but creates their own individual personas and accents, which he nails to perfection.
The No Bull$#!% History of Canada is education meets entertainment and is what I imagine Bill Nye would be if his focus was on Canadian History. The entirety of this show I just sat there wishing that my History Professor had been half as entertaining and thorough as Allatt was on this hysterical journey through Canada’s most zany, most evil and perhaps most brilliant Canadian minds.
Simon’s 2 Cents: Though a little bit cocky, the show eases deceptively into comedic genius. The show is then marked by a hilarious twist-ending.