In this life-long love story about the pursuit of honesty over all happiness, Andrew Wade builds a working lie detector machine and straps himself in.

The Most Honest Man in the World
Arts Umbrella, 1286 Cartwright St, Granville Island

1. Tell us about your show.

The Most Honest Man In The World is a storytelling show that aims to be as ridiculously honest and genuine as possible. There is no written script, as memorizing a 65 minute monologue felt too artificial. Instead, I use a stack of cue cards to keep me on track as we explore my life-long near-obsession with being as honest as possible, from childhood events such as refusing to listen to music for a year (emotionally manipulative), through life relationships. As part of the show, I also put together a polygraph machine – a lie detector machine. I explain each part, what they measure, and how they will be used in the show. (but not on unwilling audience members, so don’t worry about that.)

2. Why should someone come see your show?

People should come to see this show to feel reassurance about their own neuroses. People should come to be part of an in-depth character study. People should come to enjoy a life-long story that is still happening, that is happening in that very room, in that theatre, with them. People should come to see a lie detector machine built, explained, and used onstage. People should come to stick it to Uncle Sam, as I will tell you how to beat a lie detector test yourself, which makes my show illegal to perform in the United States. People should come for the possibility of feeling catharsis. People should come for the possibility of being changed. People should come to see a highly-reviewed show that is like nothing they have ever seen before.

3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?

Were my show a superhero, it would be Wonder Woman, with a lasso of truth wrapped tightly around itself, so that every word can’t help but be as honest as possible. And like Wonder Woman in her invisible jet, the show aims to be as transparent as possible.

4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?

Awkward Stage Productions always puts on amazing shows, and I am super excited to see TITUS: The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus. The (lengthy) name says it all. (okay, full disclosure, I wrote the book and lyrics on that one)! I am also really interested to see where where The O.C.: The Musical draws the line between being a functioning musical itself and being a strict parody.

The 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 10-20 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.