Born in 1980, between the elections of Thatcher and Reagan, comedian Charlie Demers emerged from that reactionary era a proud socialist. How much have things improved since the 80s? The answer is as obvious as it is infuriating: not much. In this comic show, created with Marcus Youssef of Neworld Theatre, Demers is asking why. This is stand-up as storytelling tour de force: a complex and moving story about Demers and personal loss, about ideology, about the dreams of millions and why they’ve gone unfulfilled.
Sound serious? You bet it is. It’s also hilarious. Mostly. In the best tradition of political comedy, Demers uses humour as a pointed weapon, cutting through decades of bullshit into the core of malaise, and the many questions it raises. Chief among them is one we’ve all asked: why are we so accepting of the world as it is? Cursing the darkness and lighting a candle, Leftovers makes us laugh through gritted teeth while shaking our fists at the neoliberal order. It’s funny because it’s true.
Truly one of the smartest comics out there.