Yes, people were laughing. I am not sure, however, if they were laughing because it was so ridiculous that it was funny, or if they were actually getting and enjoying the jokes. I will not say the show didn’t get a chuckle or two out of me, but I wouldn’t really call this a comedy show.
At first, the theme seemed pretty clear: Jesus Christ. But the way Gregory Krayzelburg framed the jokes made it hard to figure out if his comments were being sarcastic (Was he mocking religion?) or if he was being serious–I actually do not know if his devotion to Jesus was a fake or not. From where I was sitting, it seemed like he was trying to say that the basis of religion is unreasonable, or fantastic. But after about 15 minutes of disconnected jokes with a common theme, the show turned into 20 minutes of him asking everyone in the audience how many candies they thought were in a glass cup. And then he proceeded to count all 210 of them—granted, he did apologize for starting the number without fully realizing how many people he’d have to ask, so it’s possible that the tediousness of this act was a one time thing.
The religious theme pretty much disappeared from the show, and only came back when he pretended to hypnotise 3 members of the audience, who were told to play a Virgin Mary about to give birth, a donkey, and a C-section Doctor. Note that there is also a lot of crowd participation, so if that is not your thing you may want to consider sitting in the back.
It will be unfair to say that I had a bad time, because I didn’t. But the show is weak and not really what I would consider comical. I also wouldn’t recommend it to people who may feel offended about religious themes. Perhaps the show would have been a bit more enjoyable for me without the small sketches that seem to be out of place, including the candy counting, the pseudo-hypnotising sketch, and the one in which two ladies of the audience laid on the floor and tried to fight each other with their legs to decide which was the best way to be a Christian.
There may be better ways to spend an hour at the Fringe.
But if you think this may be your kind of humour, the show is playing at the Yardbird Suite (11 Tommy Banks Way), for information about schedule visit the Fringe Theatre Adventures website or YEGLive.ca. Tickets: $12.50