Minnesota Fringe Festival 2011

My Fringe

I Love You (We're F*#cked)

55BC

From Nashville, Tenn.

Created by Kevin J Thornton

Producer's website

GLBT content, Solo show, Storytelling/Spoken word, Comedy

Contains Adult language

For ages 18+

A hilarious mix of stand-up comedy, storytelling and music about a gay man looking backing over the greatest loves (and sex) of his life. Features original music from Kevin J Thornton's new release.

WINNER "Favorite Show" Orlando Fringe

"Best Writing & Performance" -Cincinnati Acclaim Awards

"Kept the audience in the palm of his hand during the sold out performance... he’s a fast-talking, high-energy powerhouse of a performer." -Cincinnati CityBeat

"charms with honesty and laughs" -Watermark Orlando

"...an enthusiastic musician, a quick-witted comic and a really funny storyteller." -Orlando Sentinel

"the audience...was on the edge of their seats" -The Daily City

"Hilarious...you sure as hell want to know what Thornton will do next." -Orlando Theatre

"he brings the audience on an uproarious, bittersweet road trip through his personal tale of love, heartbreak, and endless struggle for personal growth...it is obvious the audience is in the hands of a seasoned performer. Both shockingly funny and refreshingly vulnerable" - DC Theatre Scene





Links To Reviews

Orlando Sentinel Review

DC Theatre Scene Review

Watermark Online Review

Cincinnati CitiyBeat Review

Kevin J Thornton
Role: writer,artist,star*
Comedian and author Kevin J Thornton is a seasoned Fringe Festival veteran. In 2009 he wrote and appeared in his hit one man show “Sex, Dreams & Self Control” which played in over 10 cities nationwide. It was a Los Angeles Times “Best Bet” and featured on NPR’s All Things Considered. Showbiz Chicago called it “must see theatre.”

Last year Kevin won “New Faces” at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA.


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Great timing
by Stuart Holland Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin Thornton was worth watching if only for the chance to experience his timing and connection with his audience. I would have appreciated more of an over-all arc to his show, but it was very good.

Completely entertaining
by Jessica Bruehling Cleberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kevin kept me going and asking for more! The stories were something I could relate to. The music and comedy had just the right balance with a progressive pattern throughout. Professional material and not the same old classical performance! Everyone should see this one.

Very entertaining!
by Mic Weinblatt Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kevin Thornton is a charismatic performer, charming,funny and very likeable.Though his humor sometimes veers to GLBT blue,he somehow, manages to hold the audience in the palm of his hand and calm their concerns with humor and very agreeable singing. His performance at the HUGE was intimate and very very funny.

Queer and biting humor
by Dixie Treichel Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Three and a half kitties. Thornton is a polished and talented performer and his musical numbers added to the whole but the stories and jokes need more fluidity. They were somewhat connected and yet just darted around. Some rewriting would be good. Even stand up comedy needs continuity.

Adorable-ness trumps material
by Florence Brammer Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Thornton is just adorable and had the large audience in his palm almost immediately. Unfortunately, that instant rapport -- for which I suspect many artists would kill -- was sabotaged by material that was disjointed, underdeveloped or one-dimensional. I would love to see Thornton present some material worthy of his stage presence and charm. And just to clarify: I have no issue with the sexually explicit nature of the material; I'm talking about its quality. That said, though, I was still glad I went to see this show and if it's the encore, it's definitely worth your time.

Material 3, Presentation 5
by Richard Jackson Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Kevin is a wonderfully talented and charismatic performer. The stories may not wow, but he does!

I had so much fun
by Lauren Arneson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I had a blast and I laughed really hard. I loved the music and plan to get the album on itunes. My friend had fun at the performance as well. If you are really squeamish, you might not want to go because there are blood stories.

Hoosier Man?
by Reid Gagle Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin Thornton is an engaging young actor from Indiana who tells a variety of stories, some fictional, some real, some personal, some not, and leavens them with several well-done songs. Very entertaining.

Good stuff!
by David David Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
Kevin has charisma - and that can go a long way in a solo show. Fun, good times, and worth seeing.

Too charming?
by Sophie Kerman Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin is just what you want a stand-up comedian / one-man show to be: funny, personal, a little shocking, with that important layer of sad truth underneath. He knows how to keep his audience right there with him. And despite his tangents and the variety of topics he covers, the show itself stays centered through his music, which reminds us of the love and heartbreak that run through all of Kevin's stories.

The show loses one (cheeky) kitty for me because of the slick program & promotional material. Go ahead and buy Kevin's stuff, because he's a great performer. But it's obvious he also really, really wants you to.

Kevin Is a Charmer
by Mary Lundberg-Johnson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Although very sexually explicit, Kevin J. Thornton kept his 8:30 Monday night audience totally involved and laughing. (Besides the title gives ample warning of what to expect.) Kevin's charm carried us through stories of love and loss, a Christian rock band experience, a number of stories involving blood, etc., with a few songs interspersed along the way. Throughout the whole show, Kevin engages his audience with his eyes and flirtatious manner. A very enjoyable hour with a great stand up who definitely knows how to keep his listeners interested.

Be ready to laugh
by Laura Posterick Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
This show provides nonstop entertainment by a man who definitely knows how to charm a crowd. I was completely engaged the entire show and loved every minute. You hear original music mixed in with stories about his life.
Great show!

I hate one-man shows but...
by Jon Hopkins Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
I liked this show a lot! I went into it ready to turn my nose up to yet another one man Fringe show, but I couldn't stop laughing. Thanks to Kevin for my new outlook! I'll give one man shows another go this Fringe.

Veteran performer
by Elisa Korenne Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin is an experienced performer who could probably keep an audience engaged while reading a telephone book. Blue humor and nice use of songs to complement the stories.

I love Kevin!
by Evelyn Blum Follow this reviewer
Rating 3 kitties
He was funny, silly, and had a great soft sound on the voice. If they are giving out a prize for the prettiest blue eyes of the Fringe, he also gets that one. The Story's were personal and well told. Although pretty simple and perhaps a little thin. I would love to see him do something not about love gone bad. I probably pay though 10 bucks just to sit and look at him for an hour :)

Great!
by Laurie Mitchell Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Kevin J. Thornton is a great comedian that is not afraid to speak what's on his mind. Maybe the early show and talk of blood didn't settle well with other members of the audience, but I didn't mind.

I love that he seemed to pull material out of thin air, because whatever came out of his mouth was amazingly funny. That is a true gift, and kept things fresh and unique.

Seth Blanton
by Seth Blanton Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
I really love Kevin because he was so funny and nuts but he is was real good and I recommend others to see it because they know how Kevin is and they can decide what they think about his show. I wish Kevin can come back next year.

Comedy on the Fringe
by Bruce Rehberg Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin J. Thornton mixes stand up with original music and various stories. I'd say this is certainly a show for the later evening. "Stories about blood" isn't quite my thing but did get a variety of reactions from the crowd. Probably has to do with the 1 PM on a Sunday performance time. A unique show that fits the "Fringe." Great voice!!!!

3.5 Kitties Actually
by Levi Morris Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Why are we not allowed to give half kitties on here??? So annoying.
This show was full of awesome awkward, painful, and hilarious stories, melodies and moments from Kevin J Thornton. He was unpredictable, which is a great thing for an artist to be, and as a musician, he was so enjoyable.

The only issue I had with the show is that it lacked real depth. So much potential and it was fully taken to the next level through vulnerability, etc. He's a great comic, I just wanted some softer moments too.

Didn't Love It
by linda marinetti Follow this reviewer
Rating 2 kitties
If the show had been called Kevin Tells Random Stories then maybe yes I would have enjoyed it but as it was I guess I expected something more. The little section on W and family values was excellent and could have been expanded on. Each of the stories could have been linked to something larger. There is so much that could be said about relationships/perceptions/domestic violence/society expectations and I felt disappointed that more of this wasn't explored.

A wild ride!
by Tal Anderson Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
Come along on this wild and witty ride -- stand up, stories, music and a bit of improv. See this show!

Great Despite the Hour!
by Kale Ganann Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin J. Thornton (that's him) serves up a great blend of stories, stand-up and some truly wonderful music to tell a story of love lost, and questioning whether it's safe to love again. Our host seemed to be unhappy with the early hour, but continued on regardless and it didn't affect his performance one whit. It's hilarious and we thought it was a great introduction to the HUGE Theater. It might have a tiny stage, but as Kevin J. Thornton (that's him) proves, it can host some giant performances.

Keilor's more fabulous counterpart
by Greg King Follow this reviewer
Rating 5 kitties
The hour's stories spanned a few decades and more than a few emotions---you'll laugh, cringe, tear-up, laugh some more and then wish it didn't have to end!

Not F*#cked
by David Rust Follow this reviewer
Rating 4 kitties
Kevin J. Thornton is quite the performer. While I have seen monologues about life as a gay man before, it is Thornton's delivery and wit that makes this performance a cut above the rest. Not only is his skill as a singer and song writer exceptional but he seems to get the usage of comedic pauses. Often, that can get over-used and confused for actual wit. In his case, Thornton's comic timing was perfect.

One section that was pretty dicey but pulled off with aplomb was the "Stories About Blood". Funny, eerie, and occasionally tragic tales involving blood are not usual fodder for comedy but, in this case, it works very well. While I saw this show early on a Saturday -at a time when Thornton, being from L.A., is not normally (admittedly) up and ready for a show of this sort- it was nonetheless funny and engaging.

When he talks about how his ex-boyfriend cheated on him (in the heart of West Hollywood) it's both funny and heart-breaking. Were that everyone could handle life's slings and arrows with as much wit and humor!

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Schedule
Saturday, 8/61:00 p.m. 
Sunday, 8/71:00 p.m. 
Monday, 8/88:30 p.m. 
Friday, 8/128:30 p.m. 
Saturday, 8/132:30 p.m. 
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HUGE Theater venue information
3037 Lyndale Ave. S


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