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ANDY JONES IS KING O’ FUN

King O’ Fun is a one-man comedy written by and starring Andy Jones. Loved for his portrayal of the character “Phonse” in the movie Rare Birds, the multi-talented actor was one of the groundbreaking comedy troupe CODCO on stage and television, and has extensively toured five one-man comedy shows in Canada, Ireland and the UK. His most recent one-man show “To The Wall” garnered four-star reviews in London, Edmonton and Toronto, and was made into a television performance for CBC’s Opening Night Series, for which he is presently nominated for a Gemini award.

“King O' Fun is a lighthearted show,” says Jones, “totally without redeeming social value. It's basically a few laughs. Well, more than a few I hope.” More than 250, to be precise, which is the number Jones’s character cheekily guarantees the audience at one point in the show. Jones says that he felt he had to up the ante a little, having guaranteed 200 laughs per show during another St. John’s run. No refund demands yet, and Jones is happy to deliver the laughs: “When people ask ‘Is it stand-up, sketch comedy, philosophical introspection, or Fat-Man-Dancing type humour’, I usually reply…’Yes.’ ”

King O’ Fun has been dramatically evolving since it last toured to rave reviews. As well as re-writing the script with director and dramaturge Charlie Tomlinson, Jones brought in experimental lighting designer Robert Gautier to work as a team with technical director Geoff Younghusband. The result is a package of concentrated original material with lots of greatest hits and new material, all rolled up with new effects.

King O’ Fun tells the story of a guy named Andy who gets crowned "King O' Fun" at a drunken party. To his friends and family it's just a joke but for him it's a vortex of agonized brooding. Being a conscientious king, he first travels the earth for “One-Year-and-One-Day” compiling all the best and most giggle-inducing "fun notions" for his report.

Unbeknownst to Andy, we also meet Jorello, the alien leader of a parallel universe, who is trying to teleport Andy from earth before his bad eating habits cause him to die an early death. But Andy may be lost forever in his attempts to recreate the Funniest Moment in Western Civilization (as reported by some German Tourists)!

King O’ Fun will be touring western Canada from January-March ‘05 and eastern Canada from May-July ‘05. See dates for your community below.

KING O' FUN TOUR DATES

WESTERN CANADA TOUR 2005:

Dawson City, Yukon: January 11th, 2005: Odd Fellows Hall, Klondike Institute. (1 night only!) Tickets: call (867)-993-5005

Whitehorse, Yukon: January 14th, 2005: Yukon Arts Centre, Nakai Festival. (1 night only!) Tickets: call 1-877-YOUR-TIX (toll free), more info at: http://www.nakaitheatre.com

Calgary, Alberta: January 16th and 17th, 2005: High Performance Rodeo at The Big Secret Theatre in the EPCOR Centre. (2 nights only!) Tickets: call (403) 264-3224 starting in mid-November, more info at: http://www.oyr.org/rodeo_05.html

Victoria, BC: January 21-24, 2005: 'Intrepid Theatre Presents' at the Victoria Conservatory of Music Gymspace, 907 Pandora Ave.(4 nights) Tickets: call (250)383-2663

Penticton, BC and Summerland,BC: Jan 28 and 29, 2005 presented by The George Ryga Centre.

Vancouver, BC: February 15-20, 2005: Firehall Theatre. (7 nights) Tickets: call (604) 689-0926 or purchase online at http://www.firhallartcentre.ca/ticket.html

Kamloops, BC: February 24-Mar 5, 2005: Western Canada Theatre Co. (10 nights) Tickets call: 1-866-374-5483, or e-mail <klbo@ocis.net> , More info at: http://www.westerncanadatheatre.bc.ca/tickets.htm
Edmonton, Alberta: March 10-13, 2005: LaCite Theatre, KaBoom Festival (4 nights)

EASTERN CANADA TOUR 2005:

Halifax, Nova Scotia: May 13,14,15, 2005: "On the Waterfront" Festival, (3 nights)

Newtown, Newfoundland: exact date TBA: Seabird Theatre Festival (1 night)

Carbonear, Newfoundland: exact date TBA: Rebel Island Theatre Company

Trinity, Newfoundland: exact dates TBA: Rising Tide Theatre (5 nights)

Cow Head, Newfoundland: June 27, 28, 29 Gros Morne Theatre Festival (3 nights)

Sackville, New Brunswick: July 20th - 23rd, 2005: Live Bait Summer Festival, (4 nights)

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia: July 26th: Ship's Company Theatre (1 night)

Victoria-By-The-Sea, PEI: dates TBA July 27th - 31st, 2005: Victoria Playhouse.

For updates visit http://www.andyjonesproductions.com