Teige Reid & Darryl Purvis take us to the Church of the Perpetual LOLs in the Teige & Darryl Do A Show Together Show


Last night, a sizeable crowd gathered up in the Studio at Alumnae Theatre for a one night only evening of laughs and celebration for the Teige and Darryl Do A Show Together Show. Featuring Teige Reid and Darryl Purvis, plus a surprise guest, the celebration part was about Purvis’s 20th anniversary as a stand-up comic.

First up was Purvis with an edgy, hilarious stand-up set that ranged from the personal to the observational. Cheeky, irreverent and sometimes adult (and by that, I mean dirty), topics covered social interaction, autobiography and bizarre, eye-opening experiences. Keeping us laughing as he recorded the set for posterity, we rolled along with bit after bit: extreme social awkwardness meets faux pas in an unfortunate elevator moment; an unusual reception from an American; and a surprisingly disturbing visit to an Alberta strip club in Red Deer—to name just a few.

Purvis’s underlying vibe of awkwardly shy, beer loving introvert translates well into some sharply delivered self-deprecating humour and storytelling. With a twinkle in his eye the whole time, he plays on the edge of shock and ‘aw, shucks’—and delivers it with an engaging east coast kitchen party flavour (or maybe that’s because, like Purvis, I spend more time at Reid’s kitchen table than I do my own).

After a brief intermission, it was Reid’s turn; showcasing bits from his solo shows, including In Vino Veritas, and a surprise guest appearance. Philosophy, religion and politics emerge in a blend of social satire, scathing political commentary and whip-smart insight. From the snake-like Southern minister preaching salvation with a gambling angle, to the darkly funny Church of the Gun’s take on The Three Little Pigs, to the drunken wisdom of Rory MacFadden and his philosophy of transcendental intoxication, Reid has us laughing, thinking—and sticking it to the likes of Trump, the NRA and sociopolitical dumbassery in general.

A sharply tuned wordsmith, entertainer and social agitator, Reid is a mercurial and cerebral performer with a bang-on sense of comic timing, a dark edge and a great sense of fun. Julian Sark joined Reid for a hysterically quirky two-hander to close the set. Was Cletus afflicted by the delayed effects of puberty or Lycanthropy? In any event, you’ve definitely never seen a silver bullet cure like this one.

Teige Reid and Darryl Purvis take us to the Church of the Perpetual LOLs with sharp, observational stand-up and storytelling in Teige and Darryl Do A Show Together Show. This was one night only, but keep an eye out for Reid and Purvis performing around the city.


Drunken. Continually. In Vino Veritas entertains & surprises

An actor pounding back vodka shots can’t bring himself to play the jolly old man in red in the Santa Clause parade. An elderly man sipping white wine has lost his wife, but not in the way you’d think. A drunken, foul-mouthed and hilariously funny Scotsman named Rory loses his bottle of Keith’s, threatening mayhem till he finds it. And a charming, but oily Southern gentleman sips a cocktail, his apparently delicate sensibilities masking a raging hunger. A gay lawyer sipping whiskey opens up about his relationship with his father, who is bitterly disappointed in him – but not for the reason you’d expect. All woven together by Irish bartender Seamus, who worships at the altar of Guinness and has his own pain to manage, and bookends the piece with snippets of Baudelaire’s “Be Drunken.” Welcome to the Empty Glass, the divey bar playing host to the evening’s revelries and tales of woe that comprise In Vino Veritas. And all characters we see are created and performed by actor/playwright Teige Reid. It’s moving, darkly funny and irreverently philosophical – and just when you think the show is going in one direction, there’s a surprise. No game of “What’s in the Wellie” this time – but an equally fun turn unfolded. And all the while, the audience may order food and drink. The only rule: keep our cell phones off.

And since this is a Pubcrawl Theatre production, that’s not all. The evening opened with an acoustic set from guest artist Julian Sark, who I was able to get my ears on from just outside the room (we were in the second floor space of the pub). I working the box office and had just come up from ushering folks upstairs from the main floor pub entrance. Sark described his set as full of wordy, fast songs. For his last song, he conducted an audience poll: slow and depressing, or upbeat and fast? Formerly with the band flickershow, Julian’s been playing solo these days – and he opened for In Vino Veritas in the same space when I saw the show back in March, so it was a treat to hear him play again. Lyrical, eclectic pop with an equally varied cast of characters and, of course, a romance or two.

In Vino Veritas is playing once a month on the second floor of the Fox & Fiddle Wellesley (27 Wellesley St. East, Toronto), with more dates scheduled till May. The next show is Friday, February 15 – doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. show – tickets $20. For reservations, give Teige a shout at: teige@pubcrawltheatre.com

Teige Reid as Rory 2
Teige Reid as Rory, cracking up the audience
Teige Reid as Rory
Teige Reid as Rory

Truth in the liquor: In Vino Veritas returns

You know how you can say or feel stuff while under the influence of alcohol – sometimes even in the presence of total strangers – that you may not normally? Do you like poignant, insightful humour that holds up a mirror to humanity’s foibles, perhaps including a quote or two from some of our notable bards? Have I got the show for you!

Teige Reid as Rory

Pubcrawl Theatre’s production of In Vino Veritas – created and performed by Teige Reid – at the Fox & Fiddle Wellesley (27 Wellesley St. East, Toronto) on Friday, January 18. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:00 p.m. show – tickets $20. For reservations, give Teige a shout at: teige@pubcrawltheatre.com

And here’s what the audience is saying about In Vino Veritas:

“Sharp writing with depth, married with solid, engaging character work made for a polished, well-paced and consistently funny show.”  J.Orchard, Toronto

“The energy and conviction with which Teige portrays such a diverse group of characters is nothing short of phenomenal. Positively riveting!” Robert Dungan, Toronto

“A real ‘tour de force’ – Teige’s show has everything from absolute hilarity to pathos – it’s like 10 shows in one. I loved it and would highly recommend it.” Bernie Sherlock, Dublin

“Teige has a wide emotional range that easily draws you into the world of his characters.  He stirs up loads of laughter interspersed with moments of serious contemplation.  Strong writing and seamless execution definitely make this a show worth seeing.” Allan C., Toronto

“If you want to chase away the ‘January Blues,’ you can’t do better than go to Teige Reid’s really witty and hilarious show.” Margaret, Toronto

“Teige conjures up an amazing array of colourful characters and wonderfully witty – and ridiculous – stories to great comic effect!  He’s a master at engaging the audience and mining humour from unlikely places.  It’s not easy to come up with surprising punch lines – but Teige does, making for a really great evening out.” Andrea Romaldi

“The show is hilarious, and it doesn’t need alcohol!” Anneli P.

In Vino Veritas is a comic and tragic look at the barflies who inhabit every drinking establishment.  In the back room of a real bar, you’ll see characters tell their stories, fight a losing battle against the past, reveal eternal truths, and down a few rounds.” Bob from Oshawa

“It’s one thing to be very funny, and another to have a deep and sympathetic understanding of people. Both gifts are amply present in Teige Reid, and they make for a winning combination.” Paul Truster, Toronto

I saw an earlier version of the show back in March; here’s what I posted here on cowbell: https://lifewithmorecowbell.wordpress.com/2012/03/11/movie-music-monologues/

So. Would you volunteer to play “What’s in the Wellie”? 😉