By Christopher Douglas
As an intimate crowd gathers at a cafe in Kensington Market to be escorted into the darkened backyard - the shows are all at 10 or 11pm - Uncle Tommy's Campfire Ghost Stories begins with warnings about the mature content, but really it's just so Uncle Tommy (Tommy Taylor) can avoid having to sanitize his act, which just might include the program for the show, too.
Uncle Tommy tells the usual ghost stories of dismembering serial killers, monsters who seek revenge and ghosts who search for their souls but he adds... personality. Yeah, like the essential 1980's ad campaign for Cheez Whiz. Uncle Tommy has personality coming out the wazoo - it even smells like it. His abrasively nonchalant storytelling adds flavour in a tasty and addictive, somewhat toxic and plastic-y manner. A short yet fun show, Tommy's self-deprecating, crude and sometimes un-P.C. humour creates an interactive campfire where some audience participation will be called for - but be warned, this guy can deal with hecklers.
For loads of laughs and a way of spicing up your bland Fringe vegetables, add some Cheez Whiz... I mean personality... I mean Uncle Tommy.
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