'In Praise of the Ostrich'

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With ‘In Praise of the Ostrich’  Derek Edwards  moseys back into town on horse-drawn comedy wagon; a searing meander down life’s twisting trails, steered effortfully by this 30-year veteran. He returns with a payload of blissfully funny personal stories – a cacophony of shenanigans – set to tickle the ribs and warm the heart.

With an easy conversational style, Derek reluctantly pulls his head out of the sand and launches into commentary on the influx of pot stores, self-driving cars, gambling tips, the challenge of staying youthful… plus dressing warm.

From Vegas to St. John’s, this Just For Laughs veteran is universally considered to be among the comic elite. Certainly his peers think so, as evidenced by the fact that he’s a four-time nominee, and winner of Best Standup Comic – Canadian Comedy Awards, as well as a multiple Gemini nominee for Best Performance in a Comedy. As Rick Mercer says, “Everyone knows Derek is the funniest man in Canada.”

Clearly the critics agree: “5 STARS – the funniest man on earth” – Winnipeg Free Press; “4 STARS – the crowd howled” – Victoria Times Colonist; “still the funniest man in Canada” – Toronto Sun; “Edwards reigns as the King of Canadian comedy” – Charlottetown Guardian; “Derek Edwards is hysterical” – Calgary Sun; “Edwards takes stand-up to next stage” – Georgia Straight; “the epitome of timing & storytelling” – Halifax Chronicle Herald; “the comedian’s comedian” – London Free Press.

‘In Praise of the Ostrich’  – Derek Edwards’ new 90-minute stand-up comedy show… a richly textured and enthralling ‘cut above,’ delivered with pace and authority by the consummate Canadian Comedian. Down to earth, lots of laughs, wagons ho.

Ontario Tour


May 11 – Meaford Meaford Hall Arts & Cultural Centre

May 12 – Orillia Opera House

May 13 – Belleville The Empire Theatre

May 14 – Pembroke Festival Hall Centre for the Arts

May 15 – Kingston Grand Theatre

May 18 – Peterborough Showplace Performance Centre

May 19 – Lindsay Academy Theatre

May 20 – Ottawa Meridian Theatres @ Centrepointe

May 26 – Huntsville Algonquin Theatre

May 27 – Owen Sound The Roxy Theatre

May 28 – Oshawa Regent Theatre

May 29 – London The Grand Theatre

BC Tour


September 8 – Vernon Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

September 9 – Kelowna Kelowna Community Theatre

September 10 – Chilliwack Chilliwack Cultural Centre

September 11 – North Vancouver Centennial Theatre

September 14 – Duncan Cowichan Performing Arts Centre

September 15 – Nanaimo The Port Theatre

September 16 – Victoria McPherson Playhouse

September 17 – Courtenay Sid Williams Theatre

September 18 – Campbell River Tidemark Theatre