The Vancouver International Fringe Festival has announced this year’s Pick of the Fringe shows. Six, rather than the usual four, audience favourites were selected this year for additional performances at the Waterfront Theatre:

Grim and Fischer, a masked comedy about an elderly woman facing off against the grim reaper, will run Thursday (September 22) at 9 p.m. and Friday (September 23) at 8:50 p.m.

This is Cancer, Bruce Horak’s cabaret act starring cancer as a charismatic and egotistical pain in the ass will run Saturday (September 24) at 3:15 p.m. and Sunday (September 25) at 8:30 p.m.

Fringe Festival audiences know that they have to be prepared for anything—from pissed-off Brits to gold-lamé-clad Cancer.

Well, if you’re heading to the ACTivist Theatre Collective’s 7 p.m. showing of Short and Sweet this Friday, you’ll get an added surprise. The Straight has just learned that the secretary general of Amnesty International Canada, Alex Neve, will be making an appearance before the show, where he’ll give a 10-minute talk that is sure to be an eye-opener.

The Vancouver International Fringe Festival swings into high gear tomorrow (September 8) but two of our intrepid theatre critics caught a sneak peek of what to expect at Victoria's fest earlier this year. Here, in no particular order, are our critics' six favourite offering (so far). Pick up your tickets as soon as possible for these shows, as they are sure to sell out quick.

Giant Invisible Robot is the real deal

Little Orange Man is a tearjerker

Phone whores? Human nailings? Grumpy guitarists? We're all over that. The weird and whacked-out press kits are rolling in here at the Straight: it must soon be time for the Vancouver International Fringe Festival!

This year it seems that theatre troupes are really torquing up titles to lure in crowds.

If a picture can tell a thousand words, how much can a title tell? Here are some of our favourites so far: Stay Away From My Boat @$$hole; Fruitcake—Ten Commandments from the Psych Ward; Phone Whore; The Illumination of the Grumpy Guitarist; Jesus in Montana: Adventures in a Doomsday Cult; Mr. Boat-Head's Electrical Dream Ship; and the simple but effective Oh My God; or Yum/Yuck.