REVIEW: GAY GARBAGE

Hearn spends the hour joyfully leaning into every effeminate gay stereotype.

By Alix Kemp

In his first of several musical numbers, Tom Hearn gives thanks to a woman who gave him the name for his show, but this flamboyant piece of sketch comedy is anything but trash. Hearn spends the hour joyfully leaning into every effeminate gay stereotype as he riffs on musical theatre, Law & Order: SVU, World Vision ads and more. In one locally inspired sketch, the Toronto-based performer hilariously mocks the troglodytes who took exception to Edmonton Public Library’s drag queen storytime program.

The show also features local drag artist Artasia, who provides Hearn with a break to change costumes during a pair of energetic performances. However, the audience seemed to struggle with Hearn’s exhortations to throw out the typical Fringe etiquette of sitting quietly through a show, needing to be reminded to cheer. If you see this show—and you should—be sure to bring the volume for maximum fun.

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