Comedian Lorne Elliott will provide an antidote to today’s sometimes depressing current events in his show The Upside of the Downturn.

Turn that economic frown updside down

Stage performer enjoys shaking the perceived wisdom of the world around him

Canadian humourist, storyteller, musician and playwright Lorne Elliott is bringing The Upside Of The Downturn, his show of comedy and music theatre to the Quadra Community Centre on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m.

Elliott’s always comically-insightful concert performance is a selection of his current monologues and songs dealing with life experience. Creating new stage material about having to redefine priorities in view of life events is a welcome challenge to this writer and stage performer who enjoys shaking the perceived wisdom of the world around him. His one-man show concert presentation is delightfully foolish, witty and thought-provoking. Combining dry humour with musical parodies and skits, Elliott is a shrewd observer of the human animal. Often self-deprecating, always silly and never profane, Elliott’s funny is family friendly.

Canadian born, Elliott has performed from Newfoundland to New York City, from Los Angeles to Australia and points in between. Elliott started performing in 1974 as a folk musician in Eastern Canada.

At the same time he kept writing fiction as well as songs, monologues and one-liners. The outcome of such training is a very special show of comedy and music, totally original, entertaining, up-lifting and humorous enough to make everybody laugh. Along with his unique and wacky performance style, it is the timelessness of his material, joined with keen observations of today’s trends that make Elliott’s work so special.

For the past 26 years, Elliott has been touring and performing in concert theatres and arts centres across Canada, the U.S. and Australia. Regularly featured on TV on such programs as The Just For Laughs Comedy Festival and Comedy Variety Specials in Canada and the US, his own weekly CBC Radio Comedy Series, Madly Off In All Directions started airing in January 1996 and continued for 11 seasons.

Critics praise Elliott’s work as an antidote to today’s sometimes depressing current events:  “Fast, foolish and lots of laughs! […] a most enjoyable evening of genuine wit and humour.” – The Evening Telegram (St. John’s, Nfld.)

Advance tickets for Lorne Elliott’s performance on Quadra are $17 ($20 at the door) and are available at the Music Plant in Campbell River, and on Quadra at Hummingbird Office and Art Supply in Quathiaski Cove and at Works of H’Art in Heriot Bay.  For more information, please call 250-285-2580 or visit www.lorne-elliott.com.