The moment Andy Jones walks off the stage at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille he seems to morph into another person. In his latest one-man comedy show To The Wall, the St.John’s, Nfld., native shows off the playful side his fans have grown to love. Spotlights off, he is soft-spoken and pensive. He speaks quite seriously about his 75-minute skit—which features a quirky take on the universe and God— and one of its rather strange inspirations. “Soon after the planes hit the World Trade Center I had trouble sleeping some nights until I said the rosary,” says Jones, 54, an atheist despite a strict Catholic upbringing. “I don’t know why but I couldn’t stop being agitated until I said it. I haven’t gone back to it but I decided that I need-
ed to incorporate God into the show.”
To The Wall is a comedic mix of goofy theories, folklore and Jones’s own family history. And tying it all together is what Jones calls the “N-factor”—the notion that Newfoundlanders have their own special way of doing things. It’s the kind of humour he perfected during his 16 years with Codeo, the Rock’s highly successful comedy troupe. Now, with his fifth solo show, Jones is converting the masses. He’ll take To The Wall to Glasgow later this month as part of a theatrical tour showcasing Canadian talent abroad. “I’ve spoken with practising Christians who loved it,” he says, “and atheists who found it really interesting.” Seems the audience morphs as easily as the star. JOHN INTINI
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