Cory Thibert embodies his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart.
Cory Thibert embodies his 19-year-old self as he uncovers the truth behind what sets his family apart.

Tell us about Awkward Hug.

Awkward Hug is a theatrical storytelling show, that takes place in 2009 when Cory was a 19-year-old introvert in a screamo band, was going through his first relationship, and through the context of a big move was uncovering things that had gone unsaid in his family, including learning the extent of both of his parents disabilities.

Describe your show in three words.

Honest. Hilarious. Impactful.

Why should someone come see your show?

It is a dynamic hour long storytelling show, where people have laughed and cried, about a family that is rarely represented in media, if at all. It follows Cory, the son of two parents who both have cerebral palsy as he navigates becoming an adult.

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

Rogue from the X-Men. Rogue used to distance herself from people as she saw her powers as a curse, it wasn’t until she learned to control them and use them for good that she could get closer to and allow herself to love those around her.

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

Since we having been touring to eight fringe festivals this summer, we have seen most touring shows and there are so many amazing ones. In Vancouver we’re excited to see some local shows. Poly Queer Love Ballad sounds like a particularly awesome show. We are excited to see and support edgy, interdisciplinary work representing underrepresented identities.

The Details

Awkward Hug
The Cultch Historic Theatre, 1895 Venables St, Vancouver
Twitter: @corytbear

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For Even More Information

The 2018 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 6-16 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit for tickets and information.