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Zoofest: Other People's Problems

Posted by Tara / July 21, 2011

zoofestOther People's Problems is not your run of the mill stand up comedy routine - It's a caricature of the way we flock towards any kind of self-help gimmick. A one-woman show starring the very talented Sarah Quinn, Other People's Problems pokes sarcasm at society's take on love, money, sex, the internet, self-help, and of course, other people's problems.

The show is made up of three separate skits divided by commercial-like video clips - It all begins at a self-improvement convention, where Quinn portrays Louise Firstenburg, the nervous wreck self-help (yet clearly needing help herself) seminar leader. The second skit features Casey, the naïve adolescent who hosts a life-advice video blog. Quinn's Plain Jane character ends the show - an awkwardly timid lady trying to become more in touch with her sexuality with the help of an audio guide.

The premises of all three skits, as well as the characters themselves were excellent and had a lot of potential for humour. And although there were some funny moments, overall the show was more about small giggles here and there than laugh-out-loud comedy.
20110720_sarahquinn.jpgThe highlight of the show was Quinn's talent as a performer, and the way she was able to fully embrace the nuances of all three completely different characters down the to every last mannerism. Other People's Problems is an original, entertaining, and multi-faceted show, although if you're looking for hilarity this may fall short.

Other People's Problems runs every night at 7pm (with the exception of Sunday) until July 30th at La Chapelle as part of Zoofest- a cutting-edge, more alternative festival within Just for Laughs. Check out their website for more information.

Photos and video from Zoofest

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