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Fringe Review: A Brief History of Petty Crime

By Nicholas McBurney on June 16, 2018

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A Brief History of Petty Crime
by Jimmy Hogg

58 min / Storytelling, Comedy, Drama / PG

Jimmy Hogg may have crashed his car at a legal 60 miles per hour, but it felt like he was moving twice that fast for the whole show. An old hand at performing, Hogg has finally returned to Ottawa Fringe after being away for seven years and spins an erratic but tight yarn about misspent youthful days.

With the kind of natural energy usually only achieved through lethal amounts of caffeine, Hogg recounts the time that he and his best friend got into a car accident but nothing about the tale is a straight line As he veers off on tangent after tangent, recounting moments of his larcenous youth, running around the stage. From participating in a police line-up to stealing a pub bench with his father and siblings, the line between truth and embellishment is always a little blurry.

A professional raconteur Hogg is adept at milking story bits that work and moving past those that don’t. The sometimes rambling tangents and extended audience interactions seemed random and uncontrolled at times, but Hogg has the experience needed to stay within his given time limits. This is a show that thrives on audience reaction so don’t feel the need to hold anything back.

If you have the energy to keep with Hogg’s winding and knotted story-telling this is a show that will have you in stitches.

A Brief History of Petty Crime by Jimmy Hogg is playing in the ODD Box at Arts Court (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 23, 2018. Tickets cost $12. Visit for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at