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Scott Thompson headlining a burlesque show? That’s the case in Laugh Your Sexy Ass Off

Monday 07th, July 2014 / 13:59
By Teddy Kellogg

LYSAO_promoVANCOUVER — Scott Thompson, the iconic comedian from Kids in the Hall, The Colbert Report and, most recently, the hit NBC show Hannibal describes Vancouver as being similar to Montreal in that “it has bath houses, gay clubs and foreskin for miles.”

Thompson says he loves Vancouver and overall, “Canada is a pretty gay-friendly country right now. We have it pretty good. Better than anyone I think, really. I don’t think there has ever been a better time for gay people in history.” Thompson also says, “I’m very unfamiliar with burlesque.” Which begs the question: why is Scott Thompson headlining a burlesque show this month in Vancouver?

Five years ago Thompson almost died. While living in Los Angeles, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s gastric lymphoma. Upon learning the news, Thompson decided to move back to Toronto for the free health care and went through five intense months of chemotherapy. Not only did the cancer change where Thompson lived, it also changed him as an artist.

“When I was recuperating I had a lot of time to think and vowed that when I got better I would become a really good stand-up comedian. I just decided that this is a mountain I never quite climbed and I thought I have nothing to fear anymore, so I’m gonna do this.”

From there, Thompson went to open mic shows around Toronto, got up onstage cold, worked his material and built an act.

“I got better at it because I wasn’t afraid like I was before. Cancer, in a weird way, slapped me around so badly that I went, ‘I have nothing to be afraid of.’ I’ll never look out into the audience and see a tumour, so what am I worried about? Who cares if they don’t like me? Who cares if people walk out? Who cares if someone calls me a name? I don’t give a shit. And I used to,” he says.

Five long and hard years later, Thompson now feels accepted as a stand-up comedian and exclaims, “It’s a great thrill!” He also started exploring other artistic endeavours, including a graphic novel, a podcast and he even started a blog, which for a year concentrated solely on fruit. Why? “Because I love fruit. I thought it’d be funny, so I did it.” A man who is well known for zany characters like Buddy Cole reveals cancer opened a whole new side of him. “I just realized that what made me happy was making things and I’m the type of person that likes to make shit all the time…And I decided that it didn’t have to be for money. It didn’t have to advance my career. It just had to be stuff that made me happy.”

Laugh Your Sexy Ass Off starring Scott Thompson is a modern-day re-imagining of the classic burlesque shows on the ’30s and ’40s. The project is co-created by Burgundy Brixx and Doug Thoms of Kitty Nights burlesque fame, Canada’s most popular weekly burlesque show.

“After producing our show for last September’s Vancouver Fringe Festival, (Gypsy Rose Lee at the Minsky’s Burlesque), we began thinking more about the formula of the classic burlesque show and how we could modernize that to speak to today’s audiences,” Brixx says.

The show will not only feature world class burlesque by Brixx, April O’Peel and Cherry on Top, it will also showcase renowned sophisticated sex-comedy musical duo The Wet Spots and the hilarious east Vancouver icon, comedian Watermelon. Classic burlesque shows often featured a big headliner and this is where Scott Thompson came to mind. “We couldn’t be more thrilled that Scott is able to appear in this show,” says Doug Thoms. “We think he’s a perfect fit!”

Catch Laugh Your Sexy Ass Off starring Scott Thompson July 11 and 12 at the Rio Theatre (Vancouver).

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