Comedians Abdul Aziz and Shawn O’Hara are bringing their Fringe hit Fake Ghost Tours to the Hastings-Sunrise hood for rEvolver Festival. Previous incarnations have been produced in Victoria’s Chinatown and Vancouver’s Gastown and Granville Island.
Abdul and Shawn met in 2013 performing in the Victoria’s comedy scene, and have been friends and writing partners ever since. Their close friendship and well-honed comedic connection is clearly evident and has resulted in shows that are hilarious and also well received.
“We've always directed our creative efforts to writing shows that are guilelessly funny — without any secondary agenda,” explains Abdul.
The duo star as two enthusiastic amateur ghost-hunting brothers — with audience in tow — who embark on absurd walking tours detailing ghost stories almost as unbelievable as the “hauntings” they’re based on. Think ghost-run organic fair trade juice bar or bloodthirsty seal herds — all meant to poke good natured fun at what they find in the streets around the venue.
“The majority of our material is only tenuously linked to reality and often times to the more contemporary aspects of the neighbourhoods. Also, it's easier for us to crack jokes about what people can see instead of a more intangible historic fact,” say Abdul.
How did Adbul and Shawn create this new version?
“The majority of our "research" is us walking through the neighbourhood around The Cultch and trying to make each other laugh while not freaking out the residents.”
Fake Ghost Tours premiered at the 2017 Victoria Fringe Festival and nabbed the Pick of the Fringe Award for Best Duo. Since then, the original show and the sequel, Fake Ghost Tours 2: Tour Fast, Tour Furious, have sold out three runs in Victoria and Vancouver and Abdul and Shawn have released a self-guided downloadable audio tour of Gastown.
Here’s what the critics have been saying:
“O’Hara and Aziz are skilled comedians, specializing in deadpan absurdity and strategic repetition; their humour is both topical and irreverent” — Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight
“Aziz and O’Hara never take themselves seriously, and combined with their likability, makes this duo simultaneously funny, smart, and charming.” — Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
“Their giddiness and looseness…. are infectious” — Colin Thomas
“Fake Ghost Tours would almost be believable if it wasn't so hilarious” — Madison Steele, Theatre Addicts
What haunting tales will Abdul and Shawn dig up around The Cultch? And will The Cultch’s-own much-rumoured ghost make a cameo? You’ll have to come and see for yourself!
Join Abdul and Shawn for Fake Ghost Tour rEvolver Festival edition, departing from The Cultch with six spooky tours May 29-June 2.