|Mary Walsh, formerly of This Hour has 22 Minutes, will perform in Kelowna on March 8.|
The beloved Newfoundland comedian's one-woman show is coming to the Rotary Centre for the Arts on March 7 and is loaded with satire, domestic yearning and political outrage on her hilarious quest for truth and justice. The evening will include topical zingers, acerbic reflections on the sorry state of feminism today and warmly funny jokes about her 60-year-old body.
The evening will celebrate women's economic,
political and social achievements one day before International Women's Day.
Kelowna comedienne Maureen Postnikoff is opening the show, which starts at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets cost $45, with $100 VIP after-party package also available, at selectyourtickets.com or phone
Born in St. John's, Nfld., Walsh's first job in show business was working as a summer replacement radio announcer for the CBC.
Since then, she has won 18 Gemini Awards and received a Governor General's Performing Arts Awards for Lifetime Artistic Achievement.
In 1992, she began to work with former co-star Rick Mercer and former CODCO co-stars Cathy Jones and Greg Thomey to create a new television series called This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
22 Minutes received strong ratings during its earlier seasons and Walsh's character, Marg Delahunty, became famous for buttonholing politicians and submitting them to satirical interviews. Usually, Delahunty would recite a scripted piece intended to humiliate the politician, often by providing criticism and "grandmotherly" advice.
In 2011, Walsh was once again in the spotlight as she reprised the role of Delahunty conducting an ambush interview of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford at his home. Ford's reaction and alleged verbal abuse directed at a 911 operator made national headlines
Walsh trots out many of her classic characters from CBC's This Hour Has 22 Minutes and its precursor, CODCO. They include amiably dopey Connie Bloor, the habitue of a doughnut shop called Joe Orton's.Â Â And, most amusingly, there's macho knucklehead Dakey Dunn, whose old-school sexism is so blatant and ludicrous it's almost endearing. Marg's elderly mother and Oprah-worshipping daughter also appear.