Anesti Danelis is just a boy with a guitar who wants to find the love that’s gone missing in this topsy-turvy world. In his show, “Songs For A New World Order” produced by his own company, Third Wheel; the audience is taken through a series of clever songs about everything from slow walkers on the TTC to accidentally kidnapping babies all tied up in an optimistic bow.
Much like the musician/comedian hybrids who have come before him (like Bo Burnham and Tim Minchin), Anesti Daniels delivers the funny with a hefty side of heart. Not only were his songs expertly composed, the lyrics we’re freaking hilarious. Let’s just say, if there were albums available, I would have definitely bought one.
Although the show had very minimal lighting and little to no props, we didn’t need anything more than Anesti and his guitar. His songs had that quality where you swear you’ve heard it before, yet it’s totally original. That’s how good he is…
Although I was pretty much laughing left, right and centre — there were a few songs where I missed some of the punchlines because he was singing so fast. I think the acoustics are also to blame since the echo can make it harder to hear. The whole show could have hit harder if both the “voice memo” sound cues and Anesti himself were a little bit louder.
As for content, he covered everything from wearing pyjamas at a funeral to role-playing in the bedroom using the Meisner Technique. My favorite song out of the bunch was the final song “We’re All Human”. It made me go “d’awww” inside while still being as clever and witty as the songs that preceded it.
This boy had enough light in his heart to fill the whole stage. If that sounded cheesy, it’s because I’m still running on the love fumes I picked up from his final song.
Songs For A New World Order isn’t trying to be some flashy show and that’s why it’s so great. It’s built on a solid foundation of great jokes and awesome writing so it’s really a no-fail. If you know a friend that loves Flight of the Concords and maybe has a smart sense of humour, tell them to check out “Songs For A New World Order” at the 2017 Toronto Fringe Festival. They will LOVE you for it.
- Songs For A New World Order plays at The Theatre Centre – BMO Incubator. (1115 Queen St. W)
- Tickets are 12$. The festival also offers a range of money saving passes for serious fringers.
- Tickets can be purchased online, by telephone (416-966-1062), from the Fringe Club at Scadding Court –and — if any remain from the venue’s box office starting one hour before curtain.
- Be aware that Fringe performances always start exactly on time, and that latecomers are never admitted.
- Content Warnings: Not recommended for persons under 14 years of age, sexual content, mature language, audience participation.
- This venue is accessible.
- Wednesday July 5th, 10:00 pm
- Friday July 7th, 06:30 pm
- Sunday July 9th, 04:30 pm
- Tuesday July 11th, 01:30 pm
- Wednesday July 12th, 06:30 pm
- Thursday July 13th, 08:00 pm
- Friday July 14th, 03:30 pm
- Sunday July 16th, 04:00 pm
Photo of Anesti Danelis by Anesti Danelis.