Humour and Substance
from smart, funny international
‘WELL I’LL TELL YA…’
Get ready for a heart-warming evening of humour and stories like you’ve never heard before. Deb Filler, star of the groundbreaking sell-out solo off-Broadway show, ‘Punch Me in the Stomach’ (36 characters) and internationally acclaimed, Helen Hayes Award Nominated ‘Filler Up!’ (27 characters) brings a hugely delightful,entertaining show full of joyful laughter. A feel-good, lotta laughs, character filled, surprise-stuffed gala of joy from one of the world’s great storytellers, don’t miss this opportunity for international entertainment!
New Zealand Herald:
“Deb Filler takes us on the international odyssey of a hard-working comedian who is eternally searching for a better gig and somehow finds her soul in a Fort Lauderdale retirement village. The journey highlights Filler’s remarkable oral gymnastics that see her creating an ever-expanding multitude of characters who are all instantly identified by their accents or their mannerisms.
Equally impressive is the story-telling talent by which chance encounters and the most mundane details are transformed into hilarious anecdotes that slowly coalesce into a compelling narrative.The international road-trip treats us to a number of fascinating diversions. After an amusing debate between a producer with an eye for the bottom line and an artist trying to protect her integrity, our hero is lured to Miami on the promise of a lucrative contract. Here Filler is unable to spot the difference between people’s faces and their crocodile-skin handbags. She finds herself performing to an ever-diminishing audience suffering from Alzheimer’s and chronic flatulence. But it is in this unlikely setting that the show reaches its life-affirming epiphany. Although there is little overtly Jewish humour, the interns of Florida’s gated communities begin to resemble the peasants of an East European shtetl, with bitterly ironic self-deprecation, and the self-fulfilling expectation of disappointment. Inspired by the words of an ancient fellow comedian, Filler discovers that her dream of the perfect comedy venue can be realised in the immediate here-and-now interaction with her audience.
Perfectly pitched delivery of an explosively funny punch-line, the show concludes with a Yiddish rendition of Joe Cocker’s Feeling Alright that will melt the heart of the stoniest critic.”