Directed by Blake Brooker
Comedian, writer, director and legendary Kid in the Hall Bruce McCulloch combines stand-up, live music and assorted autobiographical insights in Young Drunk Punk. Bruce’s new solo show chronicles his journey from wild early days as a ‘young punk’ in 80’s Alberta, to his flannel plaid days and futon nights in 90s Toronto, to becoming a ‘pajama-clad dad’ living in the Hollywood Hills. From scowling teenager to father of two, this evening of comedy, peppered with moments of surprising poignancy, proves that although this infamous Kid may be all grown up, his singular brand of humour and signature wit remain firmly intact.
“…an extended riff on the meaning of families…personal…sentimental… dark, raunchy, surreal and hilarious, often all at once….. McCulloch’s comic rhythm has become a familiar friend, and seeing it employed live is a treat.” ~ Erika Thorkelson, Vancouver Sun
“The considerable brilliance of Bruce McCulloch’s YOUNG DRUNK PUNK is that it hits all over the place demographically… The night was a mixture of stream-of-consciousness observations, social commentary and tales mined from both the comedian’s past and present…. He pulled off the difficult trick of turning something dark and disturbing…into something triumphant… a great, comedy-gold night…. From the rabidly enthusiastic standing ovation he received, the former Cowtown shit-disturber at some point touched everyone in the Firehall.” ~ Mike Usinger, Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
“The 75-minute show, titled YOUNG DRUNK PUNK was terrific…he revels in dark absurdism presented from an oddball perspective. His anarchic spirit…still burns bright…He’s no longer a kid. But by golly, he’s still got it.” ~ Adrian Chamberlain, Times Colonist (Victoria)
“…a hilarious diatribe that shouldn’t be missed…the laughs start early and continue throughout….This was one of the funniest shows I’ve seen in a very long time….Just go see YOUNG DRUNK PUNK.”~ Drew Anderson, FFWD Weekly (Calgary)
“McCulloch was solid. He alternated between telling stories and tossing about absurdisms… he pulled no punches …he proved that he still “has it.” ….There were even a few personal, serious moments that almost caught you off guard… McCulloch was in probably the finest form of his career.” ~ Dakin Hardwick, SpinningPlatters.com
“a definitive image of McCulloch, at once the silliest and most cynical of the Kids, and that sensibility is reflected in his new solo show” ~ John Semley, NOW Magazine
Bruce McCulloch has written or performed several one-man shows including Two-Headed Roommate, Jazz Stenographers, Slightly Bigger Cities and most recently The Pink Dot Stories in San Francisco. Bruce has two spoken word/ comedy/ music CDs: Shame-based Man and The Drunk Baby Project.
Bruce is a member of the “The Kids in the Hall” who recently returned to T.V. with the series “Death Comes to Town.” Bruce spends most of his time in L.A. where he writes and produces for network and cable television. He’s also known as the creator of ABC’s “Carpoolers.” His latest project for Rogers TV, “Young Drunk Punk,” is a show inspired by his own life that will air in January of 2015. Bruce will both write and star in it.
Bruce has written and/or directed several films including Dog Park starring Luke Wilson, Superstar starring Molly Shannon and Will Ferrell, Stealing Harvard starring Jason Lee and Leslie Mann and Comeback Season starring Ray Liotta. Bruce has also recently acted in episodes of Workaholics and the new season of Arrested Development. His first book, “Let’s Start a Riot” will be released by Harper Collins in Fall of 2014.
Running Time: Approx. 80 minutes, No Intermission
Apr. 29-30 / 17 – FirstOntario Performing Arts Centre – St. Catharines, ON