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Fringe Review: DEB Talks

By Brian Carroll on June 10, 2017

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DEB Talks
by Deborah Ring

45 min / Comedy, Sketch, Solo / Mature

TED Talks are about ideas that are important to everybody.

TEDx Talks are about ideas that are important to your locality.

DEB Talks are about ideas that are not worth spreading.

TED Talks have big production studios. TEDx Talks have local studios. TED and TEDx Talks are distributed on the internet. DEB Talks are projected onto a wide sheet of paper taped to a cheap little projection screen.

DEB Talks has assembled a set of speakers… by invitation on Kijiji.

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Meet Ted Fowler who mansplains feminism. Meet Estelle Marberry who time travels from the 1920s to explain how to catch a fella. Enoch Ann Kloss explains how to be a spin doctor. Sandy Summer of Parks Canada reveals her Canada 150 project to increase the diversity of campers using Canada’s national parks. An there’s Lil’ Ging (pronounced “jinj”) who is the world’s only red-headed rapper.

About half of performer Deborah Ring’s jokes got hearty laughs from the opening night audience. About half of her characters landed for me personally.

Ring definitely has comedic talent. But that talent needs assistance. A dramaturg could help Ring separate wheat from chaff in her material. A director could improve Ring’s delivery. And there are various storytelling workshops around Ottawa that could give valuable feedback on what works and what doesn’t.

There’s one character who appeared on stage that I haven’t mentioned yet: Deborah Ring appeared as herself for one minute when the show ended. Ring was the most interesting character of the show.

I’d like to hear her own stories.

DEB Talks by Deborah Ring is playing at La Nouvelle Scène (333 King Edward Ave) until Saturday June 17, 2017. Tickets cost $12 online and at the door. Visit for the show schedule and box office info.