KAWARTHA LAKES-Bruce McCulloch readily admits he does a lot of stupid things and he uses many of them for new material for his show.
“I have the ability to get myself in situations that are both brave and stupid and then I have to get myself out of it so it’s a little bit about that, it’s about storytelling and all the weird things I’ve done, its music its standup and its also really mostly the belly of it as about our shared humanity and how we are all in this together,” McCulloch told Kawartha 411 News.
Tales of Bravery and Stupidity is a one-man show that is described as funny and at times touching. It looks at some of the bravely stupid things that Bruce has done, and things we all do as we get ourselves in and out of trouble as we “throw ourselves at life.”
For example, McCulloch says during COVID he decided to try an edible and couldn’t speak for a while, he talks about that and his run-in with a security guard in his show as well as other tales of bravery and stupidity.
“It’s my sensibility about how the world should be fair in a way that I think it should be fair so I am always running into the fire metaphorically.”
McCulloch says he grew up in Calgary in the 60s and found it hard to fit in.
“I had two friends who were like-minded and now in my 60’s and through the Kids in the Hall I realize there are thousands of us who think the world is not fair in the exact same way.”
He says he came from a broken home and his parents were both “boozers” and all of this played a role in who he is today.
“I didn’t love that brand of heterosexualtiy with cowboys and whatnot so I sort of became a punk which led me to comedy which led me to Toronto.”
While in Toronto he became a member of this comedy troupe, Kids In the Hall and was on the TV series of the same name. He also had another show about his childhood called The Young Drunk Punk.
“The Young Drunk Punk was stories of me growing up in a townhouse in Calgary and fighting everybody and going to see the clash until I came to Toronto and there was this counterculture. This was the old days when you couldn’t just go online and find your people you just had to run into them in a record store.”
McCulloch has performed on Broadway and TV and comedy stages all over the world. He is looking forward to being able to perform amongst the trees and under the stars at The Grove outdoor amphitheatre in Fenelon Falls.
“Everywhere I am at is the right place to be. I love the idea that I can come and meet people I’ve never met and I do love connecting with people.”
The show is
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