Toronto Fringe: Trippy good times as philosophy meets stand-up meets storytelling in Graham Clark’s Not Here

Graham Clark returns to Toronto Fringe—or does he?—with Graham Clark’s Not Here, running in the Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) Backspace.

Speaking to us via video from a small monitor mounted in front of a masked “surrogate” performer’s face, Clark gives a multimedia talking head performance—and the surrogate provides accompanying posture and hand gestures.

Going from riffs on parking at home in front of our screens, especially on Netflix, Clark shifts to the more up close and personal experience of travelling to his girlfriend’s hometown to arrange her father’s funeral over the Christmas holiday. Weaving death, family and small-town Alberta into the storytelling, Clark’s storytelling reveals a gift for sharp observation and a quirky sense of curiosity, making for a funny and at times poignant ride.

Trippy good times as philosophy meets stand-up meets storytelling in Graham Clark’s Not Here.

Graham Clark’s Not Here continues in the TPM Backspace until July 15; book in advance for this one, guys-last night was sold out. Book online on the showpage or get to the TPM box office early.


Toronto Fringe NSTF: Big fun with a phonebook in Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook

Graham-Clark-Reads-the-Phonebook-e1414680352647-250x222Confession: In theory, I’m not really into theatre pieces about people sitting around doing inane everyday things. But the title Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook caught my attention – and the fact that the show is based in stand-up comedy sealed the deal for me.

So I went to see Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook at the Next Stage Theatre Festival up in the Factory Theatre Antechamber last night.

In 30 minutes, Graham Clark takes us through a brief history of how the piece came to be and how he acquired the phonebook he uses in the show, gives us some phonebook trivia, and goes on to share personal anecdotes and ruminations – and engages the audience in some easy-going participation. Weird stuff about the phonebook that you never really thought about before. And in between LOLs, you’re going “Huh.”

Added bonus: The pre-show soundtrack includes some head-boppin’, toe-tappin’ telephone-themed tunes from the likes of Lady Gaga, as well as oldies like “Mr. Telephone Man.”

Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook is the most fun you’ll ever have with a dude and a phonebook.

Graham Clark Reads the Phonebook runs until Sun, Jan 18 – and includes a talkback after the Sun, Jan 11 show at The Hoxton. Seating in the Antechamber is limited, so best to book online or get to the box office early.