Friday, February 25, 2011

FRIGID New York Interview - Paul Hutcheson, Host of the "Canuck Cabaret"

By Byrne Harrison

Name: Paul Hutcheson, Host, Producer

How did you first get involved in theatre?

I made my school laugh in a Grade three speech competition. I have been hooked on performance ever since.

Who are your biggest influences?

My biggest influences would include: Margaret Cho, Bill Cosby, John Lithgow, Laurie Metcalf, Roseanne, Bea Arthur, Jim Carey, Martha Plimpton, Sandra Shamus.

Tell me a little bit about your show.

Every show starts @ MIDNIGHT at UNDER ST. MARKS. Canadians, who have traveled by bus, train & plane for hours… Canadians living in NY, and New Yorkers who are honorary Canadians… Artist who love what they do and will provide 8 amazing cabaret shows. Every show is different and Canadians are rumored to be talented.

What inspired you to create it?

Inspiration came when I brought my solo show On Second Thought to the Frigid Festival in 2009. I loved the spirit and energy of the festival and the organizers are terrific people. I thought late night events would be a great addition! I came up with the concept of Canuck Cabaret. Canadians have a great energy and will warm up the nights at Under St. Marks theatre.

Who are your collaborators and how long have you been working with them?

Sharon Nowlan has spent the past 10 years performing and costume designing for theatre and film. For the past five years she has taken her vast repertoire of novelty acts on the road. Under the stage persona Prairie Fire, she has toured the Canadian Fringe Festival circuit in solo shows inspired by dance, cabaret, vaudeville, and European and American burlesque. Sharon is thrilled to be back at Under St. Marks, performing in the Canuck Cabaret for it’s second year at the FRIGID Festival!

Jillian Thomas - The Queen of Pot Comedy hosts The Hot Box,
the longest running pot comedy show in North America. She's charmed audiences across Canada, New York and England with her high energy, wit & sarcasm. Jillian has appeared on The Toronto Show, The Buzz, MTV Live & Much Music's, Love Court. "Who needs dick jokes, this woman has balls" Dave Morris, Eye Weekly

What's next for you after FRIGID?

This Spring the CANUCK CABARET will travel to Montreal, Ottawa & Toronto.

And finally, if you could say anything to your potential audience, what would it be?

The Cabaret is going to be amazing. A night you won’t soon forget.

UNDER St. Marks (94 St. Marks Place)

Pay what you will!

2/23, 2/24, 2/26, 2/28, 3/2, 3/4, 3/5 @ Midnight @ Under the St. Marks Theatre

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