Frank Meschkuleit’s My Big Fat German Puppet Show, which plays through July 12th, 2015 as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival is a hilarious and strange performance which includes puppetry and songs and stand up, but it’s the ways in which Meschkuleit uses his puppets that makes him so unique and magical to watch.
Our host for the evening is a large, portly German fellow by the name of Franz Poopenspiel, and the puppet shows emerge as little vignettes out of his comedic interactions with the audience. The first is a parody of Bob Marley’s “Jammin’” (“I’m German”), then there is a very funny sketch about a zombie magician, who also begins a sing a long, a pun-filled sketch imagining Stephen Hawking’s as a physics standup comedian, and a joyful muppet number. Meschukuleit is continually unexpected, has a lovely singing voice, has beautifully command of his puppets and entirely entertaining to watch. I recommend checking this show out, you’ve likely never seen anything like it.
My Big Fat German Puppet Show plays at the St. Vladimir Institute (620 Spadina Avenue) as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival at the following times:
July 12 at 01:00 PM buy tickets