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Fringe Review: God is a Scottish Drag Queen

By Kate Carmanico on June 17, 2019

God is a Scottish Drag Queen
by Mike Delamont
60 min / 14+ / Comedy / Drama

After seven years of spreading the good word, the Fringe circuit’s favourite deity has finally made her way to the Nation’s Capital–and she’s anything but saintly.

Award-winning comedian Mike Delamont of Victoria BC brings us God in the form of a thickly accented spinster in a power suit, with no filter and lots on her mind. And she means business. Delamont has a timer onstage, a list of things to talk about, and he milks his 60 minutes until the clock runs out.

I would tell you what to expect, but from what I gathered, no two shows are ever the same. Delamont combines rehearsed bits with a fair amount of ad lib and he is so at ease on stage, it’s hard to distinguish the two. He seems to feed off the crowd’s response to plan his next move.

She’s guaranteed to make you gasp and laugh.

Aside from religion, serving as the through-line and driving the show forward, the content is a mash-up of ideas collected over time and travel. Among the various topics covered were Spanx, Christian Rock, beached whales, Skydiving and the notoriously hateful Westboro Baptist Church. The biggest laughs of the evening came from Delamont railing at other Canadian cities including Toronto, London and Trout River, Newfoundland.

The Scottish Drag Queen is outrageous, and she’s guaranteed to make you gasp and laugh equal amounts. Forget the old man with the white beard—I’d rather meet this firecracker in heaven.

Note: Worth a mention is that this play was a late addition to the Fringe and its showtimes are not listed in the printed Festival Program. Remaining performances will take place on Tuesday June 18 at 6pm, Thursday June 20 at 10pm and Saturday June 22 at 8:30pm.


God is a Scottish Drag Queen by Mike Delamont is playing at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) until Saturday June 22, 2019. Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.