There is a reason Trampoline Hall has transcended time and space. I can best describe this amateur lecture night as a bouncy castle of rejected smart-alecky essay topics delivered terribly well. 

Co-creator and long time host Misha Glouberman has polished the unpolishable. Bumbling and stuttering his way though a hilarious introduction it becomes immediately apparent that his lack of grace has been carefully crafted. Opening with,“Oh, what’s that? The show is just starting !?” the audience isn’t sure whether this is part of the show or some tragic malfunction has interjected itself upon the night. But, Glouberman claims this is all part of the Trampoline Hall experience. 

That’s why lecturers are forbidden to speak about any expertise knowledge they may have, it’s about regular people responding to a theatrical space. Glouberman describes this as “reality-based theatre.”

Essential to this improvisational performance is the question and answer period that follows each of the three lectures. Or, as Glouberman carefully explains to the audience, what some call the “Q & A” period. Encouraging the crowds’ participation he stresses quantity over quality saying, “Many of you may have heard there is no such thing as a bad question, that is obviously false. But, but both your questions are welcome! Uh, your good ones simply more so.” 

After explaining to the audience that they may have, “question feelings” I myself felt this sensation surfacing. Jeremy Bailey’s lecture on the Rueben sandwich, filled me with anticipation to get my own bubbling  inquiries out.  Should the Reuban come with fries or potato chips? Or perhaps merely garnished with a pickle? As usual the audience gobbled up this google searched information with far more exuberance than they ever had for a university prof. 

Past lectures have ranged from Shannon Gerard’s irrational fear of whales to Jen Goodhue’s experiences with “other lives.” Goodhue explains how during her unemployment she would dress up as different types of professionals and ride the subway. Hilarious and anthropologically stimulating at the same time. 

Trampoline Hall runs the first Monday of every month. Recently relocated at the Garrison (1197 Dundas) and consistently a six dollar admission, this lecture night has been running steady for nearly eight years. And it’s no wonder, each show is consistent in its variety of unique topics and spontaneous human quirks that never gets redundant.  


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