Audiences worldwide have collectively grinned, giggled and guffawed at Al Simmon’s inventive approach to family friendly comedy — and you can too! The multiple Juno Award-winner is a master of wacky homemade props and costumes, silly songs and dances, magic tricks, sight gags and packing plenty of wonderfully bad puns into a sentence! Fun for the whole family, an afternoon with Al Simmons is delightfully quirky and loads of laughs!
Vaudeville’s half-century run of popularity may have died back in the 1940's, but don’t try to tell that to Al Simmons or the crowds of fans that have packed theatres across North America to see him. Into the tradition of the great comedy kings--Danny Kaye, Spike Jones and Jimmy Durante — comes Al Simmons, a man dedicated to the all but lost art of combining comedy with song, dance, magic, and sight-gags. The end result is a one-man variety show — one hour of old-fashioned good-natured fun.
In the entertainment business since 1970, the popular Manitoba-based children’s performer is likely Canada’s most versatile comedian. He puts on a funfest, full of bizarre gadgets, wild costumes, unique songs, crazy vaudeville-inspired routines and of course bad puns.
Al’s debut album Something’s Fishy at Camp Wiganishie earned a Juno nomination for best Children’s Album. His follow up recording was a brilliant ode to vaudeville, Celery Stalks at Midnight. It won the 1995 Juno Award and the 1996 U.S. Parents’ Choice Award. The Truck I Bought From Moe, his third album, garnered a Juno nomination and a Parents’ Choice Award. He is an author and his illustrated children’s book, Counting Feathers, was short-listed for the McNally-Robinson Book of the Year in 1997. He received a coveted Cable Ace Award nomination for his music video I Collect Rocks, which is also the title track of his brand new DVD that contains six of his wacky music videos and features his Horse-cycle Ol’ Spoke.
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