Andrew Wade is back at the Victoria Fringe as The Most Honest Man In The World.

Living honestly?

Victoria Fringe performer looks at what it takes to be honest

Would being plugged into a makeshift lie detector make you nervous?

Last summer, Andrew Wade brought The Hatter to the Victoria Fringe Festival, this year, he’s back as The Most Honest Man In The World. It’s a personal show where he builds a functional polygraph machine onstage and attaches himself to it to figure out the truth of moments from his past.

“The secret to beating a lie detector test is that polygraph machines don’t measure whether or not someone is lying – they measure whether or not certain body measurements – pulse, blood pressure, galvanic skin response, respiration – are at a different measurement to what they were when the person was telling the truth,” says Wade. “Every test begins with getting a truthful baseline, and then the person running the machine looks for changes. The way to beat a test is to make sure your measurements while you are telling the truth (say, with your name, address, where you were born) spike similarly to how they will when you lie. The best way to do that? Rhythmic butt clenches while telling the truth. Makes the body measure as being more anxious than it might actually be.”

The show is about telling the truth – about being as genuine as possible throughout life. It has received rave reviews and will be at the Victoria Fringe Aug. 28 to Sept. 5.

Wade says he’s always had a strong desire for people to see him as he really is. “When I was eight I decided that every morning I would dress myself according to how I was feeling that day, so that people wouldn’t, say, see bright colours and think I was happy, when really I was mopey that day.”

Using stories, music, apps, and tap shoes, Wade looks at old relationships and insecurities as he tries to learn how to let go – all without a script.

“I wanted these stories to be as true as I know them to be – that moment when I am performing,” he says.  “That said, to keep me on track with what I want to cover I have a stack of cue cards with prompts like Mistletoe, The Phantom of the Lunchatorium and Amy. And at the end, the audience gets a vote.”

At the end of his show, Wade asks the audience if they should hold onto regrets and memories, or to forget them and move on. “It’s a difficult question. I often even barter up a real physical object as part of that vote. Because the moment isn’t just theatre – it’s real. In Toronto, I had a man come up after the show who gave me a tremendous hug, then fell to his knees in tears.

“An element of my show is that of being the new person walking into a room where you don’t know anyone, and this fellow had recently moved to Canada from Bolivia. He connected. Those moments of magic are why I perform.”

The Most Honest Man In The

World, Wood Hall, Victoria Conservatory of Music, 900 Johnson.

victoriafringe.com.

TICKETS: 11$ + Fringe Button

Available online at victoriafringe.com and at the door.

SHOWTIMES: (show length: 60 minutes)

Aug. 28, 9:15pm

Aug. 29, 1pm

Aug. 30, 4:45pm

Sept. 2, 7:45pm

Sept. 4, 5pm

Sept. 5, 9pm

Just Posted

Final HarbourCats home game of 2019 happening tonight at RAP

Tickets still available for Game 1 of the West Coast League finals; first pitch at 6:35 p.m.

WINE NOTES: Going gaga over B.C. Gewürztraminer

Robert Moyes offers up some interesting late-summer vino choices

Take your opportunity to sing at the Royal Theatre

Great Canadian Sing debuts Sept. 8 with inspirational music, talented performers, singalong format

Panels proliferate in Victoria’s Commercial Alley Art Gallery

City artist Fern Long’s themed works will be on display through August 2020

Pink Floyd tribute band to kick off North American tour in Sidney

Victoria band PIGS returning to Mary Winspear Centre 10 years after their first appearance

VIDEO: Prince Charles might have cameo in next James Bond film

‘Bond 25,’ the final film to feature Daniel Craig, coming to theatres in April 2020

Tour de Victoria: Giving you the down low on detours around the region

Thousands of cyclists participating in ninth Tour de Victoria on Saturday

Christopher Auchter’s story headed to the international stage at Toronto International Film Fest

Old Massett totem pole raising revisited in Christopher Auchter’s documentary Now Is The Time

Saanich Peninsula student scores only scholarship for Canadians offered by top U.S. music school

Stelly’s grad Isaiah Carvalhal-Smith and his electric bass off to Boston after successful audition

Yellow Wolf Powwow draws dancers from across Canada

Saanichton event a celebration of Indigenous culture

Victoria-based elephant advocate fighting to end ivory trade

Founder of World Elephant Day hopes to spread awareness, add political pressure

Most Read