Fringe Review: “The Win at Life Mega Expo” packs humour in motivational comedy


Photo Credit: Amelie Lambert

Do you wish you had more money? Do you ever look down at your body and feel sad? Are you sick of getting your heart broken? Well you’re in luck because the “The Win at Life Mega Expo” just pulled into town.

Toronto comedy trio Amish Patel, Faisal Butt, and Morgan O’Shea are here to help. They’ll have you feeling like a winner by the time you leave, no matter what you’re lacking in life, because these bumbling characters definitely need more help than you.

And so, here we are. The show is divided into three stand up comedy segments featuring our three motivational speakers; Patel teaching us about how to get rich and overcome trauma after his sister was crushed by a tower of boxed Tide detergent; Butt on health and how he beat gout – even though the gout came back and he now waddles around the stage with a cane; and O’Shea, our resident love doctor who no longer believes in love after his most recent break up!

Photo Credit: Amish Patel

As this team attempts to convince all the “whales” in the audience to buy packages that will help them become the fully formed “winners” these speakers know they are – and also help the team fulfill their sales goals, we can see that this expo is really a thinly veiled pyramid scheme and that Patel has rallied up his buddies one more time to finally get them out of one scam and into an ‘upwards mobility triangle’! Which is really just another pyramid scheme, but let’s not focus on the details!

The clumsy backstage scenes, which tie these stand up comedy segments together and give us a peak at the private lives of these pyramid schemers were endearing and kind of made me want to buy one of their packages (not that I have $5000 to just throw around – which is the already reduced price of the product they’re pushing), if only because they seem like they’re really in need of a break. Although the two “downliners’” comedy segments could have maybe used some tightening, Patel’s bit about his impoverished childhood and growing up in a stingy immigrant family really had the room once he gained some momentum.

Bottom line, this show is simple and low-tech, goofy, and packs some good punches. Although I can’t really say that I feel like I’m winning at life (but then again, I didn’t end up buying one of their packages) after seeing this show, it was enjoyable and Patel, Butt and O’Shea definitely put a smile on my face.

Two Pack Occasion presents “The Win At Life Mega Expo
at the 29th St-Ambroise Montreal Fringe Festival

Performances: June 5 – June 15, 2019
Venue: OFF A – Théâtre Sainte-Catherine
264 Sainte-Catherine E., Montréal, H2X 1L4
Admission: $10
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514.849.FEST (3378)

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Jasmine Winter

Theatre Reviewer at Montreal Theatre Hub
Jasmine Winter is a Montreal based actress and creator who graduated from Dawson's Professional Theatre Program where she got the opportunity to interpret such beloved and classic characters as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet), Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice), Alice Sycamore (You Can't Take It With You), and Middle Daughter (Friends by Kobo Abe). More recently, she worked with Cirque du Soleil as a pre-show clown in their show "Juste une p'tite nuite: an hommage to Les Colocs". On her own time, she's working on being the best darn clown she can be. When not on stage, she reviews local theatre with Montreal Theatre Hub and teaches multiple theatre classes to kids aged 4 to 12.
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