David Sedaris’ The Santaland Diaries more naughty than nice

Guelph, ON, December 2, 2013 –  Anyone seeking a little comedic catharsis as an antidote to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season will find what they’re looking for in The Santaland Diaries. This one-elf show plays River Run Centre in the Co-operators Hall as part of the Guelph Infiniti Comedy Series on Saturday, December 14 at 8pm. More naughty than nice, The Santaland Diaries is intended for mature audiences.

The Santaland Diaries is based on an essay by the same name, penned by popular American humorist, David Sedaris. Sedaris, now an award winning author and fixture on NPR (National Public Radio), used a season spent working as an elf at Macy’s department store as his inspiration for the work. His unflinching observations and dry wit make for a hilarious recounting of the unglamorous and often annoying job of coping with hundreds of shoppers and kiddies during the holiday madness.

The show is produced by Burlington-based Tottering Biped Theatre and stars Robin Archer. Archer has more than a decade of professional experience as an actor, writer and standup comedian. The irony of casting 6’7” tall Archer as Crumpet the elf was appealing to the show producers. They were also attracted to Robin’s towering talent and naturally occurring dry sarcasm – a perfect fit for Sedaris’ comedic style.

Described as the 21st Century’s response to A Christmas Carol, The Santaland Diaries has been performed across the United States. Sedaris seems to have tapped into a new kind of humour that is totally honest and unapologetic, and audiences appear to love his dry take on holiday mayhem. While other seasonal favourites like The Nutcracker or A Christmas Carol take audiences into an otherworldly, whimsical place, The Santaland Diaries offers a portrayal of the holidays from another perspective of real life experience. “It’s like a roast of Christmas itself,” described the show’s producers. “You laugh at it, you poke holes in it, but at the end of the day it all lets you love it all the more.”

Tickets are $26 for adults and $24 for students and seniors. $5 eyeGO tickets are available for high school students with valid ID. $20 uGO tickets are available to university and college students with valid ID. Tickets are available at the River Run Box Office at 519-763-3000, or online at riverrun.ca

Ella Pauls | Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589
E ella.pauls@guelph.ca