By Dora Joella Prieto
VANCOUVER – Ready for something a little different this Christmas? While big theatres dust off The Nutcracker, Miracle on 34th Street, and A Christmas Carol for yet another season, some of us are looking for something new and exciting. And sometimes, you need to leave the kids at home and have a night out to laugh until you cry. So where can you satisfy this thirst for salacious entertainment? Thank the holy trinity: critically-acclaimed comedian Mike Delamont will be performing God is a Scottish Drag Queen at Studio 1398 on Granville Island this month.
It’s the fourth two-act show that the Victoria comedian has written for this character, which he first introduced in 2006 on an episode of “Atomic Vaudeville.” Since, he’s won almost 20 Best of the Fest awards at numerous Fringe Festivals and his side-splitting portrayal of a bitchy God in an ‘80s power suit has made him one of Canada’s top funny guys.
When asked what inspired this show, Delamont says the ability to share his thoughts on “politics, religion, and everything else that’s going on in the world through the medium of a joke is a very cool thing for me.”
“We are in a world right now where people are turning to comedians to get their news and I think people are craving comedy [with] depth and a message,” he adds. “That being said, I also want to give people a break from their day so it’s important to me to mix both sides equally. I write what I think will be funny jokes and then get them up in front of the audience as fast as I can. The funny jokes stay, the others get cut. It’s the best way to create the show.”
God is a Scottish Drag Queen runs from December 5-7 at Studio 1398.