A Legal Alien

By Chris Gibbs

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“From England, the land of William Shakespeare to Canada, the land of William Shatner.”
Chris Gibbs first came to Canada in 1995. Since then he's moved to Canada permanently, married a Canadian, and made a Canadian. He's met a Canadian who apologised for saving his life, been given more advice on bear avoidance than anyone could possibly need and has spent more time than strictly necessary wondering what it really means to 'drop your accent.'.
“A stand -up comedy show about Canadians, by someone who isn’t one!”
Chris Gibbs.
Chris started his comedy career in 1991, working as a street performer in London’s Covent Garden. Combining comedy with acrobatics, he spent several years on the street honing his skills; while also performing in stand-up and improv shows around London.
In 1993 he teamed up with clown genius Peter Mielniczek to form the physical comedy duo ‘Hoopal’. They were quickly invited to perform in theatre, street and comedy festivals throughout Europe, and as far afield as Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Hoopal is possibly best summed up by this quote from one of their first reviews; the Capital Times, in Wellington New Zealand said - “stupid, nonsensical, indulgent, pathetic and insulting to the intelligence… I loved it!”

Chris moved to Canada in 2002 and immediately began writing and performing one-man shows. These include two plays about Victorian London’s most overlooked detective - ‘Not Quite Sherlock’ and ‘The Further Adventures of Antoine Feval’; as well as the stand-up comedy shows ‘A Legal Alien’ and ‘Like Father, Like Son? Sorry’, and the spoof motivational seminar ‘The Power of Ignorance’ co-written with fringe legend TJ Dawe.

These shows have been invited to participate in festivals across Canada, including The High Performance Rodeo in Calgary, the Next Stage Festival in Toronto, Just For Laughs in Montreal, The Winnipeg Comedy Festival and the Uno Festival in Victoria.

Chris has directed a number of other acclaimed shows, including James Gangl’s Canadian Comedy Award-winning one man show 'Sex, Religion and Other Hang-Ups' as well as ‘In Search of Cruise Control’, 'Obsessive Compulsive Darryl', 'Love In The Time Of Time Machines', and 'Drag Queen Stole My Dress'.

Apart from live performance Chris can be found in print - a spoof self-help book based on the show 'The Power of Ignorance' as well as the script itself have been published by Brindle and Glass.

You can see him on-line in the webseries 'The Penumbra'

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Port Stanley Festival Theatre
302 Bridge St., Port Stanley, ON N5L 1C3
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