Dylan Gott is full of beans. He’ll tell you so himself. But his story involves nudity, a basement apartment, and a hungry cat.
Dylan Gott: Medicine Woman is a 50-minute stand-up set at the Tarragon Solo Space at Toronto Fringe Festival. Dylan covers a range of topics including Bible Camp, his predilection for video games and UFC, anger management class, and losing his virginity at 23.
I am not a video gamer. I was not a nerdy boy. I am not interested in UFC and have no knowledge of UFC personalities.
What I could relate to were homemade VHS tapes and the storyline of 90s sitcoms as a vehicle for imparting relationship advice. Among my favourite jokes was Dylan piecing together the events of a drunken night through call logs and ATM chits.
Opening night of Dylan Gott: Medicine Woman had a sparse but generous audience of friends and family and a peppering of strangers. The times I could not relate to the jokes I spent listening to the crowd.
The row of young gentlemen behind me chuckled throughout. Dylan’s family, directly to my left, laughed loudest at the childhood memories. A young woman in the front cackled at the jokes about Dylan’s appeal (or lack thereof) to women.
Dylan’s is an austere set befitting a stand-up comedian: one microphone, one stool. I thought it strange at first that he would address a crowd in such a small space with a microphone. It was hardly noticeable once he began.
There was never a lull in audience appreciation and when Dylan thanked us for coming out, I was surprised at how quickly the time had passed.
A sucker for stories and story telling, I would love to see Dylan transform this stand-up set into a full-length solo show.
- Dylan Gott: Medicine Woman plays at Tarragon Solo Room (30 Bridgman Ave.)
- Showtimes are Sun July 08 04:30 PM , Mon July 09 09:15 PM , Tues July 10 05:00 PM , Wed July 11 08:15 PM , Thurs July 12 04:30 PM, Sat July 14 02:45 PM , Sun July 15 04:00 PM
- All individual Fringe tickets are $10 at the door (cash only). Tickets are also available online at www.fringetoronto.com, by phone at 416-966-1062, or in person at The Randolph Centre for the Arts, 736 Bathurst Street (Advance tickets are $11 – $9+$2 service charge)
- Value packs are available if you plan to see at least 5 shows