Jem rolls out two shows this Fringe.
It wouldn't be the Fringe without an appearance by the tall, lanky Brit whose gift for performing his own poetry is unparalleled. Jem Rolls: TEN STARTS AND AN END (from July 5 at the George Ignatieff) promises more clever wordplay, including the longest tongue-twister in Canadian history. (How's that for a great marketing hook?) But he's also written The First Canadian President Of The United States (from July 5 at St. Vladimir's), a satire about a runner (played by Priscilla Yakielashek) whose ambitions extend way beyond 24 Sussex Drive. Seems doing the annual Fringe circuit has taught him a thing or two about North American politics.