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Stop Talking: The Game of Talking

Comedy /

By Beard Canopy Productions

Created by John Newstrom & Johnny Packard

From Milaca, MN

Based on the British game show "Just a Minute" but with fewer accents and more comedy! With just a minute to talk about a topic without hesitating, deviating or repeating. Sounds easy, right? Come and find out!


Audience participation, World premiere, First-time Minnesota Fringe Festival producer, Greater Minnesota company (outside the metro area), Includes artists of color

Just so you know, this show has Adult language.

The creators say this show is appropriate for ages 16 and up.

Sunday, 8/4 4:00 p.m.
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Tuesday, 8/6 10:00 p.m.
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Thursday, 8/8 8:30 p.m.
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Friday, 8/9 10:00 p.m.
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Saturday, 8/10 1:00 p.m.
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1407 Nicollet Ave.

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Audience reviews

Quip me this.

By Susan Roberts / August 10, 2013
This user has reviewed 2 shows

This was a nice surprise! I'd planned to see another show prior to seeing Tap Shoes and Buckets - but evidently, that showed cancelled and this one took it's place. I didn't think I'd be able to see Tim Wick or Jena Young in a show this Fringe season - and there they were! Another very fun show - never disappointed! The Ironman bit was great.

A mixed bag.

By Eric Salo / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

This show is all about the guest performers, of which there were 5 up on stage in addition to the emcee and the timekeeper. What little I saw and heard of the first 4 performers suggested that they would probably be quite entertaining if given a chance to talk. Unfortunately I'll never know because the 5th performer was determined to be the focus of attention for the entire duration of the show. After the first few minutes I literally closed my eyes to better focus on what was being said by everyone else, which helped a bit. As with any improv, you roll the dice with each performance. This could be a very funny show but tonight's was just annoying.

Where's the trophy?

By Matlisa Semrad / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 5 shows

It was entertaining. We'd like a little more for our bucks, say some costuming, juggling, a gong and definitely a trophy.

Good Fun for an hour!

By Natalie Adams / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 20 shows

A great way to see some of your favorite Fringe performers try and beat the clock by talking for a minute without repeating any words! The game is really hard and great fun ensues!

Great way to fill a spare hour

By Kelly Rosenthal / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 21 shows

Don't go expecting a plot but do expect to be entertained.

Fun, but not performance

By Richard Jackson / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 55 shows

I enjoyed this. Back in the day when The Scrimshaws had late, late shows, this would have been a beautiful fit. If you're a Fringe geek, you'll enjoy the inside references. If you're only seeing a few shows, I'd skip this one. Allegra won! Yay!

So much fun

By Ann Reay / August 8, 2013
This user has reviewed 7 shows

What a perfect way to end a Fringe evening! This show is a delight and a great surprise. If you're looking for a delightful time with some of your favorite Fringe performers, writers and volunteers - this show is for you.

Surprisingly Funny!

By Kirk Johnson / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 1 show

I went and saw this because another show nearby was sold out, and the Fringe person mentioned this as another local show. I generally don't love things entitled "improv" but this actually really did make me laugh. The performers were funny and talented. The show wasn't hugely attended, which is too bad, because I think with a crowd that was more "in it" it would have been even more fun, but I definitely wasn't disappointed!

Didn't know what to expect

By Amber Collins / August 5, 2013
This user has reviewed 4 shows

When the premise was explained to me, I really didn't know what to expect. I was impressed with all the performers abilities. This show was a lot of fun.

Repetition allowed...

By Will Weisert / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 38 shows

...but only for the audience.

The set-up on this game sounded simple enough, leaving me wondering how this could possible entertain for an hour. About a minute in, the realization hit that it really is a drinking game in sheep's clothing where the banter of the participants and their interactions was the main show. Definitely a lot of fun with the Sunday's contestants. Check the show's page to look for your favorite performer(s) - don't think you'll be disappointed if you give this one a shot.

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Game show/improv fun

By Florence Brammer / August 9, 2013
This user has reviewed 56 shows

A really fun show. I love game shows and I really like the participants in the performance I saw. A great way to pass an hour.

Keep Talking!

By Laura Bidgood / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 9 shows

A delightful show with tons of laughs! Definitely recommended!

Perfect Fringe Night Ender

By caroline mannheimer / August 7, 2013
This user has reviewed 3 shows

5 Stars because my 9yr old insisted (the same child who said she wanted to go home as we entered the theater)-I'd have given it 4 only cuz it wasn't theater in the traditional sense-more like being the studio audience at the taping of a game show. A really engaging, clever gameshow. Like the ones I watched as a kid-with celebrities. I did feel a tad voyeuristic somehow; as tho I were eavesdropping on a bunch of funnier-than-my-friends group of people sitting in the next booth in a pub. The group I'd want to be a part of. OK I WOULD give em 5-mostly cuz the "host" is fabulously quickwitted &the guy with the 'hawk was cute. Oh and Dawn is the bestie I never had.
Great way to wind down the night! Even better cuz we live around the corner!

Just plain fun

By Paula Nancarrow / August 4, 2013
This user has reviewed 23 shows

And a very nice opportunity to get to know some of your favorite Fringe performers in a new way, as well as maybe meet some new ones. The game is harder than you might think. And s/he who hesitates is lost. But everyone has a good time, including the audience.

Background information + more

Stop Talking is based on the popular British game "Just a Minute."  The rules are simple:  Players are given a minute to talk about a topic of the host's choosing.  They are not permitted to repeat anything but short, common words such as if, and, but, this, etc.  They are also not permitted to deviate from the topic or hesitate while they are speaking.
If a player breaks the rules, other players may challenge them.  A challenge stops the clock and the host determines if the challenge is successful or not.  If it is successful, the challenger takes over the topic with the time remaining on the clock and it the game begins anew!
It all sounds very simple.  Until you actually start playing.  Then it gets very difficult, and very silly.
Come join us for a show that isn't about anything important. We're not trying to make a point or rally a cause.  All we can promise is a whole lot of funny people trying their best to win a very "impressive" trophy.
Performers scheduled to appear at each show are:
Sunday, August 4th: 
Host: Tim Wick
Timekeeper: Patricia Wick
Players: Jerry Belich, Eric Knight, Allegra Lingo, Molly Glover and Nick Glover
Tuesday, August 6th: 
Host: Joseph Scrimshaw
Timekeeper: Patricia Wick
Players: Jena Young, Bob Alberti, Levi Weinhagen and Matt Allex
Thursday, August 8th: 
Host: Tim Wick
Timekeeper: Patricia Wick 
Players: Windy Bowlsby, Johnny Packard, Phillip Andrew Bennet Low, Allegra Lingo, Sharon Stiteler and Bill Stiteler
Friday, August 9th: 
Host: Joseph Scrimshaw
Timekeeper: Patricia Wick 
Players:  Tim Wick, Courtney McClean, Windy Bowlsby, and Sharon Stiteler,
Saturday, August 10th: 
Host: Tim Wick
Timekeeper: Patricia Wick 
Players: Jena Young, Molly Glover, Nick Glover, Johnny Packard, Eric Knight and Ben San Del  
Presented as a joint production by Beard Canopy and Fearless Comedy Productions
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