#267 – Polly Esther
Polly Esther is an award-winning writer, storyteller, and performance artist from Toronto. Since 2018, she has been touring her one-woman show _Dammit, Jim! I’m a Comedienne, Not a Doctor! _about how Star Trek has helped her in her journey as a recovering alcoholic. She has performed in several cities including Chicago’s Funny Women Comedy Festival, SOLOCOM in New York City, the Yard Theatre in Los Angeles, (un)Told Storytelling in Ottawa, and at Fringes across North America.
Polly’s Dammit, Jim! was an award-winner at three different fringe festivals over three years running, picking up the “Low Tech” award at the Orlando Fringe in 2018, the “Spirit of the Fringe” award at the Ottawa Fringe in 2019. and “Best of the Fringe” at the 2020 Hartford Fringe. Polly was also invited to present Dammit, Jim! as a featured event for Algonquin College’s National Addictions Awareness Week in 2019. The Orlando Fringe was also the site for the World Premiere of Polly’s newest show last year (about her “Weird Al” Yankovic fandom), POLLYWOOD.
Here at home, Polly has participated in the Toronto Storytelling Festival at the Drake Hotel, BRAVE: The Festival of Risk and Failure at the Harbourfront Centre, and several other monthly storytelling events around the city (But That’s Another Story, DARE Storytelling, Witty Women).
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