1*2*3 Presents
The Death of Comedy

WHY 123?

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Created by Devin McCracken & Paul Anthony

When everything’s already been done,
you must destroy what bores you!

Summer 1997, Devin came to me with 2 pieces of louse leaf folded up in his back pocket. A couple scenes in a cab and an introduction “I know we’re all not stupid people here.” He also had a title. That summer I moved from Winnipeg to Vancouver and we wrote back and forth through the mail and over the phone (Neither of us had heard of email yet.)

We have since staged 3 major productions of it. Winnipeg 1999, Edmonton 2000 & 2003. It has been turned into a radio play for UMFM campus radio and was the most talked about show on cbc.com that entire first summer.

Paul & Devin find inspiration in their favorite dumpster
Paul & Devin find inspiration
in their favorite dumpster

At the heart, the show is about a guy searching for something real and all the obstacles that stand in his way, from having that ‘little piece’ to call his own. Although the character has a harsh tainted view of critics, referring to them as ‘parasites’, the media has been very kind to us:

“… It is not funny ha-ha all the time. And as a result of that, the overall effect is far more satisfying.”

- SEE Magazine ( )

“Turns the familiar into something more dangerous. Adventurous show invites cheery, anarchist energy”
- The Edmonton Journal ()

“Paul Anthony is insanely talented. He’s also playing for keeps. It’s the first time I’ve watched an actor/writer/comedian and thought to myself, ‘I’m watching a fucking genius.’ I’m not kidding. Put down that cup of instant coffee and get your ass over to the show.”
- Rodney DaCroo, Terminal City

“…This monologue is working toward a new performance vocabulary, and that's exciting.”
- Colin Thomas, The Georgia Straight

“…Charismatic style and quirky social commentary make this play devilishly good.”
- The Winnipeg Sun

“Genuinely funny…characterizations are spot on.”
- Winnipeg Free Press

“I’m sure we’ll hear of it.”
- Daniel MacIvor

Full Review from The Vancouver Sun:

He's not kidding. Paul Anthony is out to kill the fatted calf that puts Kraft Dinner on his table. Infamous on the stand-up circuit for his deliberately asinine alter-ego Hugh Phukovsky, Anthony takes the stage as himself to denounce all the nice, safe, boring comedy we're happy to lap up. Working hard to piss us off, he'll only succeed with those who don't get his point.

The show starts with a video clip of Hugh high-kicking his way around a stage, then shifts to the actor Anthony live and livid before us. He starts out set at full-on funny, with snappy patter, crazy faces and a fine sense of physical shtick as he rants about forcing people to search for humour rather than just handing it to them.

Looking for laughs in the sport of sticking a carrot up your butt (ladies and gentlemen, Carrot Bottom) is just the start of Anthony's deliberate descent into a much darker deconstruction of comedy. By the end of an hour he's tested the audience with diatribes, forced us to confront genuine drama in his telling of the deaths of his high-school friends and revealed a particular dislike for hippie parents who gave up on the revolution.

Bummer, man. See it if you're fed up with Frasier and its soggy ilk.

- Peter Birnie, The Vancouver Sun









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