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Comedian to perform at Bert Church Theatre

By: Allison Chorney

  |  Posted: Thursday, Jan 09, 2014 12:18 pm

Comedian Chris Gibbs will be performing his
Comedian Chris Gibbs will be performing his "Like Father, Like Son? Sorry" act at Bert Church Live Theatre on Jan. 11th.
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Bert Church Live Theatre is bringing something a little different to Airdrie on Jan. 11, as 2014 kicks off with the veteran one-man show creator and comedian Chris Gibbs.

Gibbs will be performing his show Like Father, Like Son? Sorry., which delves into the fears and surprises of being a new father and the terror of wanting to be a good one.

“It’s just a funny show,” Gibbs said.

He said the show has its roots in two areas, feeling so far apart from what a father should be and who he is, and watching his son – who is now six years old – grow into his own person.

Gibbs said the show came from worries he had such as, “I can’t be a father, I’m me,” adding who he was and the idea of what a father was seem at odd with each other.

Since his son has grown and developed his own personality, Gibbs said, “I see myself in him and find myself saying, ‘No. Don’t do that or you’ll find yourself terribly unhappy.’”

For example he will see his son make a joke and be absolutely deadpan about it and doesn’t change his emotion or body language, which leads people to not understand it is a joke.

Gibbs humour focuses on simple situations or thoughts everyone can relate to.

“Once I tried to give a homeless guy a hamburger but then I started thinking what if he doesn’t want a hamburger? What if he’s a vegetarian and all through his struggles, that is the one thing he has held on to, to not eat meat. And here I am giving him a hamburger,” he said, as an example of the everyday things he finds funny.

Gibbs said his background in street performing taught him he will never be more interesting than something happening in the audience while he is on stage.

He likes to incorporate things that are happening during his performance into his act.

“I really enjoy the things that do happen in the audience,” he said, adding as long as the happenings aren’t negative he’s fine with the addition to the show.

For example in one show a security guard was loudly walking up a set of stairs during Gibbs set and the comedian started joking about it and making it a part of the set.

He said his experience with shows like the one he’ll perform at Bert Church Live Theatre tend to have audiences who are friendly and just want to laugh and have fun at the show.

“I’m just a big believer that people are trying to enjoy themselves,” he said. “Sometimes (hecklers) are enjoying themselves in a way you don’t really like.”

He said the key is to recognize the difference between an unfriendly audience and a loud one.

“I just try and engage and converse,” he said. “It’s fun to talk to people.”

The British-born comedian, who now calls Canada home, has performed all over the world and was a regular guest on the NBC comedy Howie Do It. He has performed at the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal and has published a book called The Power of Ignorance: 14 Steps to Using Your Ignorance.

He has performed Like Father, Like Son? Sorry. to sold-out audiences at the Winnipeg Fringe Festivals and the Edmonton Fringe Festival.

“I’m British so I can’t encourage anybody to do anything,” he joked, “but please come.”

For the $12.50 tickets visit, ww.airdrie.ca


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