"A Nasty Noël" with Bobby Slayton at The Wiggle Room
The "pitbull of comedy" is back with a holiday-themed show that will frighten the elderly, send small children running and would mortify your parents. We caught an early performance, here's what we thought.
Montreal's favourite host of the Just For Laughs "Nasty Show" is in town on Saturday, December 7th at the Wiggle Room (3874 St Laurent). The show is a great change from the smarmy candy-coated holiday specials that tend to flood the airwaves this time of year (has anyone else seen those creepy TV spots for the Nutcracker's 50th anniversary?).
Vancouver comedian Dan Derkson, the creator of the World Improv Federation, opens the show with some hilarious reflections on holidays during his non-traditional childhood. Since The Wiggle Room is Montreal's centre for all things burlesque, the second opening act features a jaw-dropping burlesque performance by the gorgeous Elle Diabloe (right). By this point, the audience was warmed up for Slayton's wildly inappropriate humour.
Slayton's show clocks in at a solid 90 minutes, during which he holds no punches. The holiday theme was a little thin, with only one or two holiday-related jokes. It was impressive how he managed to work the room and seamlessly improvise a great deal of material. Be warned, though, if you sit in the front row, he'll almost certainly pick on you and incorporate you into the act. Despite his brash humour and his ability to make participants uncomfortable, Slayton never bullies audience members and his humour is often good-natured. The careful balance between filthy jokes and mocking the audience rarely goes too far, though there was one young woman in the front row who might have been creeped out by his heavy-handed flirting.
One of the greatest things about this show is the venue. When you go and see Slayton at the "Nasty Show", he's often playing to a sold-out Club Soda or Metropolis. The Wiggle Room only seats about 60 people, making it a far more intimate show. The cocktails are top-shelf and very affordable (try a Sidecar, the perfect cocktail for winter), while the service strikes a great balance between helpful (our glasses were rarely empty for more than 5 minutes before being asked if we'd like another drink) and non-intrusive.
If you need something to take your mind off the holiday madness or to lift your spirits during these darkest days of the year, this is the show to go see. Tickets are $25 in advance ($30 at the door).
"A Nasty Noël" with Bobby Slayton
The Wiggle Room
3874 St Laurent (below Duluth).
Tickets available online in advance ($25) or at the door ($30).