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Fringe Review: Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian

By Kate Carmanico on June 17, 2018

Image courtesy of the Ottawa Fringe Festival

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian
by Josh Glanc

60 min / Comedy / PG

If there is one thing that can rouse a sleepy crowd more than the Culture Club hit single, it might be its (almost) homophonous Fringe show. I went into Karma (x5) Chamedian with high hopes for the Melbourne performer, and Josh Glanc absolutely delivered.

Right off the bat, Glanc got the audience involved (front row: I’m looking at you) and gave us full disclosure about the haphazard structure of his sketch comedy set. And he was right—none of it went together but it all made sense. In 60 minutes, the character chameleon morphed himself into a cyclist, a breakfast show host, an American football player and a member of 1990’s eurodance group AQUA, to name a few. The minimal set and simple costume changes made it easy for the audience to be transported with him wherever he went.

Glanc is an impressive artist: his comedic timing is impeccable (even through some unforeseen tech difficulties), he’s a strong physical actor and brings unwavering vitality and commitment to each of his personas. Not to mention, he can sing! Between the monologues and the musical numbers, I felt like I’d been invited to the live taping of a one-man SNL show.

Perhaps the only shortcoming—Glanc’s closing sketch wasn’t as polished as some of his earlier ones and may not have served as the big finale we were hoping for. But at that point, he had already won everyone in the audience over.

Make sure you bring friends to this show. It’s clever, unpredictable, and completely ridiculous.


Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chamedian by Josh Glanc is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 23, 2018. Tickets cost $12. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.


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