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Gossamer Obsessions: The Morality Puns



A sketch comedy with a proclivity for synonyms and pseudonyms, Gossamer Obsessions: The Moral is a lesson to all. The sketches are amusing absurdist tales like Tales from the Crypt, but with bigger words. Amy Shostak and Paul Blinov have an unmatched chemistry that leads the show. Whether things go right or wrong, it is their performing and chemistry that helps save the sometimes ‘shoddy writing.’ The show is fun and whimsical, and their dialect is like a Millennial living in the Victorian Era. While the enthusiasm and off-the-cuff comedy is spontaneous and fun, the majority of the sketches sometimes lacked proficiency. -Ryan Hook


Gig City


Total Score
4/ 5

Reader Rating
25 total ratings



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Dates / Times:
  • 9:15 pm - 2018/08/17
  • 3:00 pm - 2018/08/18
  • 7:30 pm - 2018/08/19
  • 7:30 pm - 2018/08/20
  • 6:00 pm - 2018/08/21
  • 9:00 pm - 2018/08/23
  • 2:30 pm - 2018/08/24
  • 4:45 pm - 2018/08/25

Posted 2018/08/17 by



6 Reviews

    Marielle TerHart

    I completely disagree with the Journals Review, I saw the opening show and thought it was hilarious, well written and clever AF. The absurd style is perfectly balanced by the all too familiar situations and troupes of the everyday, with twists that leave you laughing and impressed by the imagination of Blinov and Shostak. It’s exactly what good sketch does, and they do it so well. If you’re looking for something a little weirder but oh so hilarious this is the show for you! Would absolutely describe this show as a must-see!

    Pork N Beens

    Great show, laughed my butt off. Kind of like funny Twilight Zone. Review got it wrong, this is gold.

    S Gross

    This show is a goddamned jewel in the melancholy crown of the Edmonton Fringe Festival. I failed to identify any of the “shotty writing” in their sketches that Ryan Hook mentions in his review, especially since Gossamer Obsessions’ specialty is delicious wordplay.

    As for “lacking proficiency,” i must respectfully disagree (also, what does a “proficient” sketch look like?) Each sketch was very clever and hilarious. I had a delightful time. Even the minor technical difficulties were perfectly rolled into the show as if they were intentional.

    All in all this was a fantastically fun way to kick off my fringe– with smart, weird, strange, fun comedy.

    Gabriel Richardson

    I completely disagree with the journals review. There is nothing ‘shotty’ about the writing here. It is delivered expertly by the proficient and witty comedians Paul Blinov and Amy Shostack. The perfect show for people looking to see fantastical and absurd sketch comedy. I am going to see it again!

    L Milkman

    Some of the best sketch going today. Smart writing and low brow jokes, combined with absurd monsters and confused ghosts. it’s as if Monty Python got trapped in the Twilight Zone. Gossamer’s chemistry on stage is a thing of beauty. Don’t miss out.


    This was one of my favourite shows of the festival. The writing was on point the actors were brillant and the ending … well I’ll suggest you go see it yourself.

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