Mike Delamont: The Devil
Written & Performed by Mike Delamont
Mike Delamont - The Devil - Victoria, BC
 www.mikedelamont.com
V.21 - MTYP - Mainstage 
From the creator and star of God Is A Scottish Drag Queen, comes a brand new character and the Canadian premiere of an all new show! Fans of 'God' will finally get to meet The Devil and hear the other side of the story as Satan himself takes on everything from the gays to the gospels in an unforgettable hour of comedy. Hell has never been this funny!

Cast:
Mike Delamont

    
Show Info:
60 Mins
Tickets: $12

Audience:
Parental Guidance
Warnings:Coarse Language, Strobe Lighting
Wed July 19 9:45 PM
Fri July 21 9:15 PM
Sun July 23 9:45 PM
Tue July 25 9:15 PM
Thu July 27 8:00 PM
Sat July 29 7:45 PM

Mike Delamont: The Devil

Mike Delamont—MTYP – Mainstage

After four editions of God is a Scottish Drag Queen at previous Fringes, Mike Delamont is trying something new (not including his other show Mama’s Boy, also at this Fringe). Like the Scottish Drag Queen shows, this is basically a stand-up comedy show, mixing scripted and seemingly improvised material while Delamont is in character. This time around, his character looks much like Ken Bone, to whom he alludes, wearing a completely-buttoned red cardigan, glasses, and a pasted-on mustache that he inexplicably removes halfway through the show. He makes the point that he as the devil doesn’t have horns and a tail, as commonly depicted in art, but he never explains his current get up or mine it very much for laughs, like he did for his Scottish Drag Queen.

Unfortunately, this show seems to lack a tight focus. Delamont spends more time on comic book heroes than on Satan’s actual appearances in the Bible, and this is disappointing. Furthermore, many of his jokes are about the coldness of Winnipeg’s winter rather than anything religious. He also seems to lean rather heavily on audience-submitted questions, not all of which he had strong, comedic answers to. For instance, someone submitted the question, “Why is there Donald Trump?” and he couldn’t come up with anything at all. Nevertheless, some of the funniest parts of the show were his snappy responses to real-time interactions with the audience. This helped to generate plenty of laughter from the completely sold-out house, at the performance I attended.

Konrad Antony


Mike Delamont: The Devil

Mike Delamont – The Devil—MTYP – Mainstage

God is a Scottish Drag Queen has become a Winnipeg tradition; with those in the know eagerly awaiting each new episode. Always a sell out, Mike is a must see. But this year no God, instead we get the Devil, although God drops in via video from Thermea Spa in Winnipeg. This was a real added bonus, with God totally misunderstanding how a spa works. I won’t spoil it but be prepared to bust a gut when you see what Satan really looks like! I love his use of video and audio on two huge screens, which greatly adds to the hilarity and variety of the performance. Mike always manages to include biting jabs at our city that show he really spends time here getting out and about.  This is a production of such high quality, that even the fussiest of theatre patrons will be delighted.

This is a great show to introduce someone to the Fringe. Find out what hell is really like, and who the lucky ones admitted are. It will surprise and frighten you. There is a reason why there is a highway to hell and only a staircase to heaven!  A segment where he reads supposed questions from the audience is particularly funny, with his rapt fans howling with laughter. His playful interaction with his stage assistant was hilarious. A lot of the show is ad-libed, and I might be inclined to believe his claim that he had over indulged in the blood of Christ. His profuse sweating gave the crowd a good laugh as he couldn’t get his mustache to stay on and had to pocket it. Nothing makes him skip a beat.

Mike doesn’t need my endorsement. He will sell out regardless, as usual. And deservedly so. I’m already looking forward to God 5 next year. Mike is also reprising his warm, heartfelt, true story of his bittersweet relationship with his mother, Mama’s Boy, next door. I saw this last year and it was a treasure. Enjoy.

Lisa Campbell