Fringe Review: Christmas in Bakersfield

One of the mainstays of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival has been the one-man-show. In his third appearance at CincyFringe Les Kurkendaal again shows his mastery of this form and gives you a humorous look into the life of his boyfriend’s wealthy conservative family.


One of the mainstays of the Cincinnati Fringe Festival has been the one-man-show. In his third appearance at CincyFringe Les Kurkendaal again shows his mastery of this form and gives you a humorous look into the life of his boyfriend’s wealthy conservative family.

Grandma’s music is a highlight gag that Les uses to its fullest. The bumper music puts me in mind of Masterpiece Theatre. Les shows the personal side to his humor that is biting, but not mean. He has problems with his boyfriend’s family, but he sees promise with them and in the end he relates to them, even though they are different than he his. Comedy with a positive sentiment is best kind. If you make fun of someone, they need to be someone you care about, otherwise it is easy, and cheap.

If you are looking for lots of eggnog jokes (this is a Christmas show, after all), you’ll be disappointed. If you’d like to hear how one family could possibly be the nicest yet most ignorant people in the State of California, then make it a priority to see one of Les’s two remaining shows at 6/7 8:15PM and 6/9 at 7 PM at Below Zero.

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