He dances, he sings, he does magic and tells jokes - Al Simmons does everything and more to generate some huge laughter from his audiences all over the world.
The modern-day comedy chameleon is a wizard of the one-liners, quick costume changes, out-of-this-world theatrical props and peculiar musical instruments.
The Howe Sound Arts Association brings you one of Canada's most beloved and zany children's performers live at the Eagle Eye Theatre on Friday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m.
He prances around on stage and constantly changes his performances, leaving members of the audience stunned and bouncing in their seats.
The Ottawa Citizen said, "He was outrageous in a child-like way, with a collection of hats that resembled those ornate, 1920s-style mechanical contraptions and a collection of rubber fish that spat water, smoke, fire and ping-pong balls."
Originally from Winnipeg, Simmons is dedicated to the art of musical comedy routines in the tradition of the comic heroes Milton Berle, Red Skelton and Jimmy Durante. He studied comedians on the Ed Sullivan show and learned about the vaudeville days from his father's descriptions of the old routines.
"I was the shy boy in the corner who was daydreaming throughout class," he said. "Eventually, I forced myself to do amateur nights, and then started building gadgets and incorporating them into my act."
Simmons continues to tour all over North America, delighting children and families with his wacky act.
"I've been doing this for more than 30 years, but when I'm in my dressing room, I can hardly wait to go on stage."
From his distant Romanian and Scottish ancestors, Simmons has inherited a quick wit, lanky legs, large, flipper-like feet and a rubber face, all characteristics that he uses to ignite the audience and bring them along for the ride.
"I do lots of audience participation," he says. "I get the kids to sing along with a song called, 'Don't make me sing along!' It's important that children realize they can influence the show by what they do or say."
If you try to pigeonhole Simmons' brand of comedy - good luck.
"The show's hard to describe. You'll laugh until you stomach hurts."
In an effort to bring the whole family along to the show, the Howe Sound Arts Association has arranged some special ticket pricing for the event. Tickets are $15 for adults/ $10 for children, and can be picked up at Mostly Books, Highland Video and Billie's Bouquet.