• Main Stage


Showing on January 26–30, 2016

Playing at York Theatre

Leftovers, Neworld Theatre/Charlie Demers, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Simon Hayter

Neworld Theatre (Canada)

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.

— CBC Radio
Leftovers, Neworld Theatre/Charlie Demers, 2016 PuSh Festival
Photo: Simon Hayter

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York Theatre

639 Commercial Drive, Vancouver


January 26–30
70 minutes (no intermission)

8:00PM (January 26–30)
2:00PM (January 30)


From $19

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Eligible on the Youth Passport at the door only.

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Post-show talk
January 27

Creators: Charles Demers, Marcus Youssef | Performer: Charles Demers | Director: Marcus Youssef | Scenic Designer: Parjad Sharifi | Associate Director: Chelsea Haberlin

Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, Province of British Columbia, City of Vancouver, Hamber Foundation, Community Commission Donors