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Pearle Harbour drags out some alternative facts

Shitty politicians are only good for one thing - comedy. And it's comedy that is flourishing right now. Thanks to the preposterous Donald Trump, both Saturday Night Live and Stephen Colbert are experiencing ratings surges, not to mention newfound purpose.

One such comedian who is riding this wave is Justin Miller. A Dora-nominated writer and actor and an artist in residence at Theatre Passe Muraille, Miller will be taking the stage at Toronto's upcoming SketchFest with his character, all-American World-Wartime gal Pearle Harbour. "It's time to fight alternative facts with alternative facts," she declares. 

Pearle was born on August 6, 2014, which incidentally is the anniversary of the actual bombing of Pearl Harbour. Having "crash-landed and now trapped in our great nation of Canada, there is nothing she cannot do," explains Miller.

"The show is a tragicomic political cabaret because we can't have enough jokes about the horror that is happening right now," says Miller. Though she is a product of WWII, "Pearle was born on a leap year so she is aging very slowly." Pearle has had a busy few years, appearing at Theatre Passe Muraille, Videofag, and Comedy Bar as well as in five original plays, Sunday School, Canadian Content-ed!, Rebel Without A Clue, The Ex-Mas Special, and Suffergette City.

It all started when Miller played Hedwig a few years ago. "I was amazed at what an incredible tool drag is, how it activates the imagination and lets you get really close to people. Drag gives you authority. I like that power." The new show, co-written with Sandra Balcovske, promises to be bigly entertaining. "Expect spectacular outfits with Swarovski crystal buttons."

Pearle Harbour won't be going away any time soon. Her new show, Pearle Harbour Chautauqua, premieres at The Theatre Centre on April 10 and runs until May 14. It's set up like a revival tent, a classic American event in which the faithful gather to hear the Word. As she herself says, "The world may be falling apart, but don't worry: together, we'll be U.S. of A-okay!"

Pearle Harbour will be at The Theatre Centre Incubator, 1115 Queen St. West on 
March 2 (with Full Time Idiot) and on March 4 (with Soul Decision). Both shows at 7 PM
Check www.torontosketchfest.com for more information. 


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