Fast-paced comedic storytelling at Merchantman Pub for Island Fringe

Published on August 6, 2014

Gerard Harris in “Verbal Diarrhea, Actual Diarrhea, Heartbreak and Disorder.”

Louis Longpré

CHARLOTTETOWN – British storyteller Gerard Harris brings his new one-man show “Verbal Diarrhea, Actual Diarrhea, Heartbreak and Disorder” to the Merchantman Pub, 23 Queen St., Charlottetown, for the Island Fringe Festival this week.

An hour-long comedic monologue about the crazy things we do for love, his style is always warm and friendly but equally “manic and visceral,” to quote the Montreal Gazette, which also calls him an “ever-articulate star.”

Harris has also been described as “mesmerizing, an eloquent and energetic storyteller.”

As you might expect from the title, the show features some mature content.

Harris has had a diverse career, from writing cartoons for the BBC to producing a show at last year's Montreal Just for Laughs/Zoofest Comedy festival. In the last four years he has told stories in London, Dublin, Toronto, Montreal, Washington DC, and San Francisco. He has guested three times on the popular CBC comedy “Wiretap” and can also be heard on CBC's “Grown Ups Read Things They Wrote As Kids” later this month.

The show continues on to Edmonton Fringe and Vancouver Fringe festivals after this run in Charlottetown.

As with all shows at the Island Fringe this year, entrance is free and donations are welcome.

Harris’s shows at the Merchantman Pub start at 7 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, Aug. 7 and 10, and at 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 8 and 9.

Catch the flavour of his friendly, frenetic storytelling style on his website: