Dandyman

 

DANDYMAN is the creation of Daniel Oldaker, a true original, Oldaker draws on comedy, absurd acrobatics, top-notch circus skills, and mock magic, and blends them into something entirely fresh and a little bit chaotic.

WINNER BEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDY ACT
"BUSAN COMEDY FESTIVAL"

PATRONS PICK "WINNIPEG FRINGE FESTIVAL"

NOMINATED FOR BEST ENGLISH COMEDY
"MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL"
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REVIEW

The best way to sum up Dandyman is: “I’ll bet you didn’t see THAT coming!” Appearances to the contrary, Daniel Oldaker’s show (with some direction from The Birdmann) is unpredictable.

Let's just begin by saying that physical comedy is nearly a lost art at this point. 

The canon of greats includes Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, Jerry Lewis and more recently, John Ritter. Let's add Dandyman to that list, shall we? In his foppish blue suit and impeccable coif, Daniel Oldaker maximizes the subtlety of live performance, often using little more than his eyebrows to get huge laughs from the audience. 

The show gradually builds into wilder and more outrageous tricks: he's an excellent juggler and can hold a handstand longer than most would be willing to stand upright. 

The real magic lies in his ability to transform regular objects -- drinking straws, a newspaper -- into anything his mind conjures up, using very strong and simple movements to do so.

It's masterful what he does and I thank him for his contribution to the artform.

CBC MANITOBA - SARAH MICHAELSON ***** 5 STARS *****