One of Vancouver’s best kept secrets is Paul Anthony’s Talent Time. A variety show that happens the first Wednesday of every month at the Biltmore Cabaret, PATT brings together a smorgasbord of acts from all over the Lower Mainland. The evening is filled with unheralded talent as well as some ironically entertaining figures from the world of B.C. show business.
As special and surprising as each Talent Time can be, MC and organizer Anthony really pulls out the stops for the annual Christmas show. And this year’s is no exception.
As Anthony, a Vancouver-based actor and writer, puts it on the event’s Facebook page, “Something about this time of year makes me want to just go completely overboard! We are working hard to set the vibe of the venue as the most Christmassy as possible. Indoor carts roasting chestnuts, way too many decorated Christmas trees and maybe even working fireplaces! Don your best Christmas sweater because this may be the most ridiculous Christmas special we have ever attempted!!”
And it really does look like he’s going to pull it off with an unparalleled roster that includes:
A choir. To wit, the Gentlemen of Fort—a 50-person choral group, “one of the most well-respected” in the province, according to Anthony.
Wrestling. Because nothing quite says Christmas like wrestling, Talent Time brings Scotty Mac and Ravenous Randy of the ECCW (Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling) to the Biltmore Cabaret stage. Will they wrestle? Perhaps. More importantly, they are “part of the narrative of our grand Christmas arc which must end in some type of epic battle,” says Anthony.
Dancing. In this case, Anthony has invited the Jewish Community Centre to present a Hanukkah dance.
Comedy. East Vancouver comic Ivan Decker shares his modern-day observational humour that may also include some Christmas jokes.
Celebrity impersonators. Bill Patazis pays tribute to George Michael (under the nom de plume “Gotta B George Michael”).
Contests. In the marshmallow gun contest, audience members will attempt to shoot marshmallows into hot cups of cocoa to win prizes. In the Cover Charge Pinata contest (which, admittedly, happens at every Talent Time) audience members take a whack at a pinata for the chance to win partial door proceeds.
Photo opportunities. One of Talent Time’s faves, I, Kandee, once again dons the big red suit for Photos with Santa. Photos are free.
Music. Talent Time’s house band will play seasonal favourites. Maybe.
Food. Well, Christmas cookies, anyway.
Attendees are also encouraged to bring an unwrapped gift for the Turnbuckles and Toys campaign run by the ECCW in co-operation with the Surrey Christmas Bureaux. If you donate a toy, you’ll get a chance to shoot the marshmallow gun.
Full Talent Time episodes and clips streaming here: www.youtube.com/TalentTimeTV
The Talent Time Over-the-Top Christmas Special is Dec 5 at the Biltmore Cabaret (2755 Prince Edward Street). Doors open at 8 p.m. and the show starts at 9 sharp. Tickets are $8 at the door.