How to Get Over a Guy in 723 Days (And Other Useful Things I Learned From Afghanistan, The Dildo Dory Grill, and PTSD)
by Judy Reid
Odd Job Ninja
50 min / Storytelling, Comedy, Drama / Mature
In How to Get Over a Guy in 723 Days, new comedian Judy Reid rollercoasters through her personal journey coping with mental health issues, a bad breakup and the aftereffects of working at Kandahar airfield.
The 50-minute stand-up comedy act is the only Fringe show being performed at the National Arts Centre’s Rossy Pavilion–the Dom Perignon of BYOVs–with a stunning view of the War Memorial and Parliament Hill serving as the backdrop. An unusually bright space for such an intimate monologue, the venue paired well with the transparency Reid brought to her routine.
After getting off to a shaky start, Reid eased into her self-deprecating and sometimes scandalous narrative, asking audience members to help her along the way by reading her cue cards aloud (her difficulty with memorization a side effect of PTSD). The jokes were drawn out and, at times, repetitive. The punch lines didn’t always land. But I found myself rooting for this first-time comedian and the glimpses we got when Reid strayed from the script and let her quirky personality come through to the audience.
Reid is open about her struggle with mental health and this show is a testament to the positive impact of improv and comedy on her healing process. (In her own words, panicking on stage = less freaking out in life.) She gives us a real and honest look at the good, the bad and the ugly, and her anecdotes describing her time in Afghanistan are poignant.
While her craft isn’t quite there yet, this new artist deserves kudos for her bravery and willingness to lay it all out in the name of comedy.
How to Get Over a Guy in 723 Days by Judy Reid is playing at the National Arts Centre Rossy Pavilion until Sunday June 24, 2018. Tickets cost $12. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe.