Earth An­gel

The self-dep­re­cat­ing Touched by Too Many An­gels is full of dark hu­mour.

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Touched by Too Many An­gels Fri Sep 8, 10:35pm; Sat Sep 9, 8:55pm; Sun Sep 10, 3:20pm & 5:45pm The Wait­ing Room, 6040 Al­mon Street $5/$8

Adam My­att has died and come back as an an­gel, ready to im­part some wis­dom onto the peo­ple. Re­cently fea­tured as part of the Queer Acts Theatre Fes­ti­val, My­att is re­mount­ing Touched by Too Many An­gels, a solo show that is part standup com­edy, part au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal one-man play and part Sarah McLach­lan trib­ute.

“I think grow­ing up as a gay kid in a ru­ral com­mu­nity was a ma­jor rea­son I de­vel­oped a dark sense of hu­mour,” says My­att. “With [this show] I tried to use the frame­work of standup com­edy to talk about stuff that can be tough to dis­cuss. I love com­edy so much and I think it can be a re­ally valu­able tool of em­pa­thy.”

With jokes about his Catholic up­bring­ing, or cringe-wor­thy mem­o­ries of school dances, My­att’s hu­mour is gen­tly self-dep­re­cat­ing, but also bal­anced with earnest ob­ser­va­tions about life and its hard­ships.

“I think I feel about com­edy how many peo­ple feel about their re­li­gion,” he says. “It’s the way I make sense of the world. It’s a show I’ve been think­ing about for a long time.” My­att adds: “To­tally bring any Sarah McLach­lan fans you know.”

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Touched By Too Many An­gels: Part stand-up, part-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal one-man play.

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