There are always a few Vancouver Fringe shows that come with pre-Fringe buzz. One such show at this year’s Fringe is the one-man monlogue God is a Scottish Drag Queen. The buzz is there for a reason.
If God did stand-up she’d have Mike Delamont write her material. Laugh-out-loud funny, Delamont is just as at home in his apparent improvisational material as he is with this prepared routine. A fast-paced 70 minutes that takes pot shots at both his (as in God’s) own foibles and those of his believers, the laughs rarely stop.
Nothing escapes Delmont’s razor-sharp observations; from Justin Bieber to the Pope, Delamont’s good-natured sacrilege rarely crosses the proverbial line, something hard to believe for someone wearing what he refuses to call a dress (“It’s a power suit”).
Delamont is at his best on stage delivering his material such as the sanctity of marriage when he discusses what God thinks of homosexuality (“Does it feel like a gift from me?”) or when he pokes fun at the Almighty himself (“I had a drinking problem in the Old Testament … I went to a higher power for help; Dr Phil”). He is less successful in an interactive bit with members of the audience. But that is the nature of stand-up; some bits work, others don’t. For Delmont 95% works and that is pretty impressive number based on some of the lame Comedy Channel specials I’ve seen in the past. Besides, Delamont may play one on stage, but no one ever accused him of being omnipotent.
God is a Scottish Drag Queen will be a tough show to beat for my pick of the Fringe this year.
God is a Scottish Drag Queen
Part of the 2012 Vancouver International Fringe Festival
9 – 14 September 2012
Performance Works, Granville Island
Visit http://www.vancouverfringe.com for exact showtimes and tickets.