Comedian Chris Gibbs explores the perils of fatherhood

Guelph, ON  January 24, 2014 – Chris Gibbs brings his award-winning one-man show, Like Father, Like Son? Sorry to River Run Centre as part of the Guelph Infiniti Comedy Series on Saturday, February 8 at 8 p.m. in the Co-operators Hall. Through comedy, sprinkled with poignant moments, he explores the fears, worries, and self-doubt that ensue upon hearing the statement, “You’re going to be a father”.

Like Father, Like Son? Sorry premiered at the 2009 Toronto Fringe Festival where it earned the Patron’s Pick award. It then went on to play sell-out performances at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, and has been staged at Next Stage Theatre Festival, Uno Festival, the Calgary and Vancouver Fringe Festivals, and the Edmonton Fringe Festival where it was held over. An excerpt from the show was performed for the “True Stories and Other Lies” gala as part of the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival.

The show’s wild popularity seems to come from audiences’ ability to connect with Gibbs’ authentic observations about fatherhood. He goes beyond clichés, tapping into genuine emotions and experiences in a truly funny and touching way. Self-doubt, regrets of a life half-lived, the anxiety of wanting to be a good father, and vivid sharing of scenes from the delivery room are told with unflinching honesty in a fresh and absurd way.

“Gibbs is a master of the humour of self-consciousness,” observed Eye Weekly Toronto. “Using digressions within digressions, asides within asides, to highlight his supposedly numerous failings while they simultaneously reveal his abundant wit.” Dean Jenkinson of the CBC declared, “Gibbs’ hour of observations about his first two years of fatherhood is as clever and funny a show as you’ll see… A thoroughly entertaining and hilarious show that has my highest recommendation.”

Language and content may offend some. Series not suitable for children.

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

Ella Pauls | Manager of Cultural Development
Culture & Tourism| Community & Social Services
City of Guelph
T 519-822-1260 x 2589