Victoria Fringe Festival 2017 – Help!!! I’m American
Review by Kelly J Clark – Showbill.ca Managing Editor
August 31, 2017
DK Reinemer is just happy to have escaped the US for a while–though getting back home might be a problem. This is a one man sketch comedy show that relies strongly on audience participation and the occasional (re: constant) “volunteer” involvement. Between skits and musical numbers, Help! I’m American! Is a show that’s charming, and not too heavy on politics.
In fact, the political side of things is actually the weakest part of the show. Much of the proud proclamations of love for Canada and dismay at his status as a Yankee feels tacked on–like someone told him that Canadians like to laugh about not being American so he retrofitted his existing material with a few quick panders. All in all, aside from a fantastic string of anti-Trump vitriol, it’s a fairly politically light show, which is probably best for our collective blood pressure.
The sketches and songs themselves are cute, with some of his darker comedy really shining. There’s a hilarious bit involving a karate teacher slowly dropping the backstory of how he ended up divorced and living in a seedy hotel that will have audiences rolling in the aisles. Unfortunately, the Tuesday night audience was quite subdued, and that slowed down a lot of the momentum of the night. Hopefully, future shows will bring in livelier groups–if so, they’ll be an absolute riot.
There were also a good dozen technical problems on Tuesday night, all sound and lighting related, but DK Reinemer handled each one with the patience and good nature of a true star. The man seems like an absolute saint–the kind of American that when he’s traveling abroad everyone just assumes is Canadian.
DK Reinemer’s sketch comedy is really good, and it feels like it’s only going to get better with time. You owe it to yourself to catch his weekend shows when he’s likelier to have a wilder, younger audience. If that turns out to be the case, prepare yourself for what could be the funniest show of the Fringe.
Created by DK Reinemer
Victoria Fringe Festival
Venue 4 (VCM Wood Hall)
- Aug 31 @ 10:00pm
- Sept 1 @ 5:30pm
- Sept 2 @ 7:00pm
- Sept 3 @ 3:00pm