When Bruno MacIntyre decides to rent his ramshackle cottage to summer tourists, the wacky merriment begins. Lorne Elliott, comic master of mirth and mayhem, takes us to Savage Bay on the south shore of Prince Edward Island, where the hapless Bruno turns to his clever and caustic Aunt Tillie for help in securing tenants. First, the cottage, inherited with a bad reputation from Bruno’s ne’r-do-well father, must be renovated. Then, Bruno must duel with his aunt’s wry insults and sly plans, a sardonic would-be author, and two torrid tenants. Elliott’s celebrated gifts for sharp-witted repartee and vivid characterizations are in full force. So, too, are Elliott’s keen eye and ear for our fumbling aspirations, bittersweet banterings, self-deceptions, hard-won wisdom, surprising tenderness, and zany outcomes. The Fixer-Upper — the novella adaptation of his play, Tourist Trap — is classic Lorne Elliott, with a brash and cheeky Maritime flavour.
The cover is by PEI graphic novelist Troy Little.
An excerpt from "Novel Renovations" by Michael Mirolla (from Rover: Montreal Arts Uncovered...)
Hudson's Lorne Elliott has toiled most of his adult life trying to make people laugh - and succeeding splendidly. Stand-up comic, writer/performer of satiric and impious songs, creator of landmark Quebec plays such as Culture Shock, producer of TV variety shows, and long-time host of CBC radio's sadly missed Madly Off In All Directions, Elliott has decided to try his hand at the serious stuff of novella writing.
So why would the iconic and instantly recognizable comic musician who once spoofed Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" with "tea and oranges that come all the way from Steinberg's" want to dip his comedic pen in such untested waters? Why would the consummate joker who produced an Elvis persona, lacking a nose from coke use, nasally mouthing "Love Me Tender," not be content to sit on his laurels rather than take a chance on The Fixer-Upper? <<MORE>>
An excerpt from "Funny Guy" by Stephen Michael Clare (from the Halifax Chronicle-Herald)
Sometimes it isn't easy being funny.
"Yeah - especially when there is already snow on the ground. That definitely puts a damper on things."
Lorne Elliot is on the phone from Dawson Creek, where he is performing at the Kiwanis Performing Arts Centre that evening. "I make it a point to get out for a walk around whatever town I'm in," explains the renowned, well-travelled comedian. "Usually I can find tidbits of everyday local oddities that I can bring to the stage that night."
"Not today though," he chuckles. "I haven't been able to see past the inside of my parka's hood." <<MORE>>