Paul Anthony’s Talent Time is the Epitome of Loose Fun

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In an age when almost all local forms of entertainment struggle to fill seats on weeknights, Paul Anthony has a packed house eagerly awaiting his live televised variety/talk show to begin. How has he obtained such cult popularity you ask? Well the answer is simply that the show is the epitome of loose fun intertwined with some of the most finest variety of colorful gems mined in a gray concrete city. Tonight, being the Kung Fu Easter show, began with a Chinese Noodle pulling…um that sounds…well, let’s call it a noodle-making demonstration, by chef Kevin from Shaolin restaurant, that ended up with Paul attempting to master the skill on his own and looking like he had just been the receiver of self-inflicted silly string bukake.

Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill Photography for lindsaysdiet.com
Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill Photography for lindsaysdiet.com

Now how can you follow up such an opener? Unfortunately, it was with a two man comedy act that got a few larfs out of me during their first act but dragged on into the epitome of yawnsville with their return later in the show. Luckily this show was a true roller coaster and the audience was lifted by the return of Vancouver’s oldest teen pop “sensation”, I Kandee, who performed his new ground-breaking teen depression dance hit that turned the Rio into a mock suicidal dance party.
Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill Photography for lindsaysdiet.com
Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill Photography for lindsaysdiet.com

During the intermission, it was time for an easter egg hunt in the theater’s lobby and rest rooms (hey in the toilet, umm that ain’t a chocolate egg) which led nicely to the headline act of the evening. Master Ye of Ye’s Kung Fu Institute started off by healing an audience member’s pain through pressure point massage, then had a student of his school demonstrate throwing chopsticks like darts into a target dummy. Before leaving, we were given a demonstration on self defense: first, using his student as the attacker and finally, with our host trying, and failing over and over again, to get the better of the amazingly effortless moves of Master Ye.
Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill Photography for lindsaysdiet.com
Photo: Ronnie Lee Hill Photography for lindsaysdiet.com

Finally the night ended with a giant bunny hop led by a Chinese lion dance outfit-wearing audience member and a sax player playing the appropriate music that went out to the street and down Commercial three blocks to Toby’s pub.

If you haven’t yet witnessed Talent Time live, it only takes once and I can guarantee you’ll be amused, entertained, and most likely hooked to the best catch in this city’s entertainment ocean.
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Watch full episodes of the television program on YouTube. Paul Anthony’s Talent Time currently airs 5 times a week on Shaw TV and twice daily on the Novus Network. Next live show will be Thursday, April 7th, at the Rio Theatre. Join the Facebook group for details.