THE DISNEY DELUSION
ABOUT THE SHOW
Award-winning comedian and playwright Leif Oleson-Cormack pushes confessional comedy to its limits in this show about a methodically moronic plan to double-down on unrequited love through a disastrous trip to Disneyland. Featuring criminal acts, surgically-altered sugar daddies, Sinatra impersonators, and a cynically-charged "coming out", this (unfortunately) true story is not to be missed.
“Leif Oleson-Cormack shows how two things — storytelling skill and pure fearlessness — can make for truly captivating theatre.”
- The Edmonton Journal ★★★★½
"He's scrupulously fair and his account is suffused with compassion and understanding, even for the most predatory characters featured. Wryly amusing from the get-go, he keeps you hooked with the rich, morally shady detail of his story."
- The Scotsman ★★★★
“Oleson-Cormack wore his heart on his sleeve throughout his intimate monologue...well-structured and well-written.”
- North West End UK ★★★★
“Exquisitely well written stand-up comedy...Leif Oleson-Cormack really knows what he’s doing.”
- Butterwort ★★★★
“Leif Oleson-Cormack has a story that ought to be told. It’s rather a startling one, delivering multiple shocks along the way, as it reveals a narrative about holding onto hope of falling in love with your crush. As the comedian recounts the tale to the audience, it’s with such enthusiasm, you can’t fail to realise that he’s loving performing this, and the energy is infectious.”
- Three Weeks Edinburgh
“[T]he show is an unusual fusion of stand-up comedy and theatre. And it capitalizes on the particular appeals of both — the bright forward energy (and sharp-eyed comic observations) of the former, the narrative structure and momentum of the latter. Both the current and the younger Leif’s occupy the stage, in a vivid way. And they make great company for a Fringe hour.”
“This is a great one-person autobiographical Fringe show — it’s a honest story above love that manages to be very funny, even though there are some darker moments in this tale. Oleson-Cormack is very likeable and combined with a story full of twists, he keeps the audience engaged in his adventure.”
-UMFM Theatre Reviews
“Feverish, funny and fantastical, this adventure delivers entertainment on all fronts. Love it.”
“Leif Oleson-Cormack shows us where the future of stand-up comedy should lie.”
-View Magazine (Pick for ‘Best of Fringe’ 2022)
Nominated for the Just for Laughs Award for Outstanding English Comedy in the Frankie Awards (2022 Montreal Fringe)
ABOUT THE PERFORMER
Before entering the world of stand-up comedy, Leif Oleson-Cormack was an award-winning Juilliard-trained playwright who designed video games for a living. Since them, he’s been performing his tightly written, storytelling-driven style of comedy for audiences all across North America. He was the winner of the 2019 Calgary FunnyFest Comedy Competition and has been featured in the Park Slope Comedy Festival, The Edmonton Fringe Festival, and the District Queer Comedy Festival. His play Dead Peasants was the winner of 2012 Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Award and he is a two-time recipient of the Lecomte du Nouy Prize from Lincoln Center.
Montreal | Regina | Winnipeg | Hamilton | Edmonton | Vancouver | Orlando | Sarasota | Salmon Arm
The Disney Delusion’s 2022 tour was supported by the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton.