Comic Lorne Elliott wins comedy award

Sally Cole
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Lorne Elliott will perform at Summerside’s Harbourfront Theatre on May 2.

P.E.I. summer resident Lorne Elliott has received another round of applause for his comedic work.

Recently the Canadian comic, who calls Quebec home for the rest of the year, was recognized for his playwriting at the 2015 Tom Hendy awards, sponsored by the Playwrights Guild of Canada (PGC).

Elliott was presented with the Stage West Pechet family comedy award for his play, "Mom Runs Amok", during the awards ceremony in Toronto.

"The play is about cabin fever and politics and how this dangerous mixture can allow things to get out of hand," says Elliott, adding that the award is presented annually to a PGC-member for best comedy in development.

Elliott has long been recognized for his ability to make people laugh — on and off the comedy circuit.

Known for his tall stature and map of Canada hair cut, he has entertained Island audiences with his humorous observations for the past three decades.

In additon, for 11 seasons, his comedic touch reached much further afield as he hosted and performed in "Madly Off In All Directions", his own radio comedy series, which aired on CBC until the fall of 2006.

Besides writing novels and plays and performing a one-man concert of music and comedy of his own creation, Elliott has been directing and producing plays.

"Mom Runs Amok", which was staged in Huntingdon earlier this fall, was the second production he mounted in Quebec this year.

In June 2015, his play "How I Broke Into Showbiz" was presented as part of the Elan Arts Alive! Festival celebrating English Arts in Quebec.

While happy to receive the 2015 PGC comedy award, Elliott's response, in typical fashion, came with a tongue-in-cheek twist.

"It means that I've suddenly arrived as an artist. I can continue my work with greater confidence .... Really, though, it's nice to have people recognize my work. The next step is putting the play on, which we have three times, and keeping it going and out there. That's the main thing," he said during a telephone interview.

Organizations: Playwrights Guild, CBC, Elliott's

Geographic location: Quebec, Canada, Toronto Huntingdon

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