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Mining the Mundane for Comedy Gold

British-born comedian Chris Gibbs, who opened for the sold out run of Stranger to Hard Work starring Cathy Jones last summer, has returned to Victoria Playhouse with his new one-man show about life, death, family, and fatherhood. Like Father, Like Son? SORRY (which premiered at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival, where it won Patron’s Pick) is billed as a stand-up comedy show but it’s so much more. Gibbs, the creator and star, mines his life for comedy gold. He brings us into his world of memorable characters and noble self-deprecation.

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Chris Gibbs (who has toured extensively as a stand-up comedian and improviser, written and performed 5 hit, award-winning one-man shows, & was a regular guest on NBC’s comedy series Howie Do It) now lives in Toronto with his Canadian wife and son, is sensitive to the fact audiences may be offended by words like “vaginal”, or “fallopian”. He mentions that words can be more palatable when spoken in a cartoon voice; so he says them like Scooby Doo. Gibbs is also apologetic when he says his son is blonde-haired, blue-eyed and tall for his age. But he doesn’t mean to brag; he’s only stating facts.

One of my favourite parts is when Gibbs makes light of the fact his good-looking son has all the dominant traits of his mother. He launches into the interaction that must have taken place between the sperm and egg to result in a complete lack of genetic representation on the part of the Gibbs family.

The most vivid scene Gibbs paints is the birth of his son, Beckett, by way of caesarean section. He uses voices, physicality & plenty of his patented Gibb-erish to introduce the different personalities taking part, one of which is an overly-sensitive anaesthesiologist. His Hugh Grant impression, I might add, was also right on.

Gibbs, who kept the laughs coming in rapid succession in this light-hearted & clean (which this audience, I’m certain, was very appreciative for) two set stand-up routine, was quick to point out his shyness but seemed very at ease on the Victoria Playhouse stage, appearing unwilling to leave it at the end of the night. He thanked his audience members profusely and asked them to tell everyone they know about the show.

And that’s what I plan to do.

Like Father, Like Son? SORRY is playing at the Victoria Playhouse September 9th to 16th.

Review by Kimberly Johnston and PL Holden Used by permission. Originally posted on http://www.onrpei.ca.

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Like Father, Like Son? Sorry is a stand-up comedy show that playfully explores the fears, worries, and surprises of being a new father and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one.

Chris Gibbs opened for the sold-out run of Cathy Jones’ Stranger to Hard Work here at the Playhouse last September. Audiences loved his hilarious take on real life and asked us to bring him back

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Like Father, Like Son? Sorry premiered at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won Patron’s Pick. After playing to sell-out houses at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, Chris was invited to perform at the Next Stage Theatre Festival and Uno Festival.

He performed an excerpt from the show at the “True Stories and Other Lies” Gala at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival where he once again sold out. Since then Like Father, Like Son? Sorry has toured extensively across Canada and continues to do so.

Fathers, Sons, Sorry, at Victoria Playhouse

The Victoria Playhouse is pleased to announce the return of comedian Chris Gibbs following his 2015 hit debut as the opening act in the sold out run of Stranger to Hard Work starring Cathy Jones. He will perform his show Like Father, Like Son? Sorry from September 10 – 16.

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Chris Gibbs has been unqualified for many jobs: he was an overweight acrobat, a private school English teacher whose only qualification was a British accent, and a Titanic Museum re-enactor fired after one day for ‘adding a few jokes’. Then he found himself in the most difficult, most important job of all – fatherhood.

Like Father, Like Son? Sorry is a stand-up comedy show that playfully explores the fears, worries, and surprises of being a new father and the absolute terror of wanting to be a good one.

The show premiered at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival where it won Patron’s Pick. It then played to sell-out houses at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival. He was later invited to perform it at the 2010 Next Stage Theatre Festival and 2010 Uno Festival. In April 2010, Chris performed an excerpt from the show at the “True Stories and Other Lies” Gala at the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival. The show subsequently sold out and was held over at the Edmonton Fringe Festival. Since then Like Father, Like Son? Sorry has toured extensively across Canada and continues to do so.

“He’s one of the most uniquely persuasive solo performers around… it’s all fresh, it’s all funny, it’s presented with wit and style… Highly recommended.” – Toronto Star