Edmonton Fringe Festival Preview: Aug. 14

Day four of our day-by-day preview of the Fringe is like an all-start team of nerdy improv… For the full schedule go here. We’re just cherry-picking the Nerdy after all….

12:15pm-12:30pm: In The Trenches: A Double Feature A delightful duet of original comedies! An apocalyptic war zone becomes a slapstick extravaganza as three clown soldiers take cover in an abandoned trench. Then, we revamp the raw Italian Street Theatre, Commedia dell’Arte, to tell the story of a young woman fighting an engagement arranged by her miserly father.

12:15pm-1:15pm: Basic Witch Let the FomoSapiens take you on a magical journey to a time where going on a magical journey would get you killed. Follow the unusual lives of a myriad of characters in 17th century Salem as they make all the wrong decisions!

12:30pm-1:30pm:THE POLKA DOTS OF DEATH: The Making of a Supervillain “I auditioned for the circus and all I got was the freak show.” Meet The Polka Sisters; Conjoined twins, six degrees separated from the Suicide Squad. Are they heroes in disguise or the ultimate anti-heroes?

1:45pm-2:30pm Girl’s End: A Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse GIRL’S END is A Comedic, One Woman Musical that locks the audience in a storage unit with one exceptional apocalypse survivor as she discovers her greatest asset is her impenetrable spirit. Her resilience is inspiring and her story is hilarious. Featuring music by Edmonton native Daniel Abrahamson!

2:00pm-2:55pm: “Improv Against Humanity: The Bigger, Blacker Show” is the return of the 2015 sold out run of everyone’s favourite party game turned improv show. Go 4 Broke Productions will take the suggestions out of Cards Against Humanity for our scene and perform improv hilarity out of it. 18+ obviously.

2:00pm-3:00pm: The Jupiter Rebellion: A Zach Zultana Adventure This action packed one man comedy has got everything you’d expect from a big budget silver screen spectacular: Action… romance… socialist undertones… cool special effects… a stool. “ ★★★★★ The best solo show at the Fringe” – Edmonton Sun “ ★★★★★ An uproariously hilarious space opera of the highest quality” – Ottawa Tonight

2:30pm-3:30pm: 2UP: Second Player Mostly Water is back with a new show, blending sketch, song and video into a hilarious, soupy pile of goodness. From the makers of ★★★★★ fringe hits 1UP and 15 Minutes, 2UP: Second Player explores the gamification of life and the past and present games that fill up our heart-meters.

2:45pm-3:45pm: The Dragon: A terrifying, tragic tale of loss and madness where Knights are brave, Dragons and Monsters really exist and Cats just want to be warm by a stove.(well,no change here really) Dead Rabbits Theatre presents a high-powered, hilarious and touching tale laced with Eastern European music and physical theatre.

4:00pm-4:15pm: Rear Entry: The Improvised Puppet Show Seams will bust and fur will fly as the The Odd-Lot Puppetry Co presents improv comedy like you’ve never seen it before! Raunchy, rude and hilarious, special guests join the cast nightly in this all new show that’s guaranteed to be stuffed with laughter.

4:00pm-5:00pm:UNDEAD OR ALIVE: An Apocalypse Survival Guide It’s a seminar. It’s a play. It’s zombie tag. Doomsday prepper Tori Mountain is back after a successful fringe run in 2013. Think you’re ready for the Zombie Apocalypse? Test your knowledge and see if you survive. Will you be Undead or Alive?

4:45pm-5:30pm: Red Shirt Diaries:Laugh long and prosper! The Red Shirt Diaries is an improvised trek through space starring the hilarious hive-mind of Edmonton’s longest-running improv company – Rapid Fire Theatre. Join the intrepid crew on their multi-media journey; every episode is different!

5:00pm-5:55pm:Prepare For The Worst! Wives and Mothers: Are you prepared for the Nuclear Holocaust? Is your Bomb Shelter in order? And your tinned food reserve? Most important: How does your hair look? Radiation is no excuse to look less than perfect. Preparing for the end of the world has never been so much fun!

5:00pm-6:30: The Adventurous Times of Kevin Grimes David Belke’s legendary radio theatre serial adventure returns! Join mild mannered city employee Kevin Grimes as he suddenly finds himself thrust into a time travelling comedy/adventure fighting evil across the centuries and around the streets of Edmonton. Ten episodes of high flying thrills, heartwarming romance and unexpected laughs.

5:15pm-6:15pm:TESLA EX MACHINA In 1892, famed inventor Nikola Tesla willed his mind and memories back from partial amnesia. Ricky Coates examines science and humanity in a one-man biographical story, featuring live electrical experiments!

5:15pm-6:15pm: Curious Contagious: A surreal quest into the microscopic innards of a unicorn. We’re going viral! Funny, beautiful and strange, with handmade layered projections and original music. A new large-scale shadow theatre spectacle from the creators of “Caws & Effect”

5:30pm-6:30: Kill Hard: Live. Improvised. Action Movie. On Stage. A completely improvised Action Movie where our two stars take on all the roles, all the fights, and all of the sexual tension. Expect guns, bad guys, and fights in this over the top tribute to those cheesy action movies you love.

6:30pm-7:30pm:yegDND combines the world of improv with Dungeons and Dragons. Six heroes go on a quest to save the world, and everything is made up on the spot. Stage combat, musical numbers and giant D20 dice that you get to roll!

7:00pm-7:55pm: Hey ’90s Kids, You’re Old What if our favourite ’90s characters had to grow up, like we did? This nostalgic comedy celebrates the last true decade by blending ’90s pop culture with the present.

7:00pm-8:00pm: Call Me Kirk- The Ultimate Trek The ultimate TREK where everything happens! From the promoters of One Man Star Wars and Jake’s Gift.

7:30pm-8:30pm: Wolfman Crossing Wolfman Crossing – it’s a little town along a lonely highway in northern Alberta. And it’s sure one lousy place to hitch a ride. See – the town’s name comes from a legendary local monster. And now seven highway travellers have gone missing. Is Wolfie back on the prowl?

8:00pm-9:15pm: Not a Nefarious Plan: An Ordinary Play About Superheroes: Uncover the mystery of a plucky teen, a secret journal, and a ragtag group of superheroes in this play which is definitely not a trap set by Dr. Apocalypse. He isn’t even involved! No plans for world domination here! Just good clean fun. This venue is outdoors, so dress accordingly.

8:00pm-10:10pm: The Grave Digger The Grave Digger is a musical black comedy about a fine arts student and part-time grave keeper who has recently discovered her ability to talk to the dead. When a literal ghost from her past comes to haunt her she struggles to come to terms with her new found “gift.”

9:00pm-10:20pm: Feather Fall: An ageless war rages between Celestials and Demons, unseen by humanity. Lucy, a young Celestial, poses as a reporter for the Upper Canada Gazette during The War of 1812. As she falls in love with a human soldier, a malevolent force threatens everything she believes.

10:45pm-11:45pm: Hitodama: Last year we brought you Oni, our SEXY Japanese shadow show. ***** Edmonton Sun. Now we’re back with a SCARY Japanese shadow show! Prepare for horror and hilarity as we sit in the dark telling hair-raising tales of vengeful spirits and murderous monsters! With some sexy stuff thrown in too!