NOW: Vancouver, BC

SOLD OUT! Thank you Vancouver! Stay posted here to find out more about possible additional shows during September!


See us perform at the Vancouver Fringe Festival at the Carousel Theatre  on Granville Island where we wrap up the Fringe Festival season. Get the details HERE!

Thursday September 5 @ 7:00pm

Friday September 6 @ 8:45pm

Saturday September 7 @ 7:00pm

Monday September 9 @ 7:00pm

Tuesday September 10 @ 8:45pm

Wednesday September 11 @ 7:00pm

Thursday September 12 @ 8:45pm

Friday September 13 @ 7:00pm

Saturday Sept. 14 @ 8:45pm

Festival awards Tomatoes

Global News - Edmonton: 5 Stars


"...He plays with heart and his story is the stuff that the Fringe is made of...Rapidly becoming a Fringe hit, five out of five, get your tickets while you can!"

Winnipeg Free Press 2019: 5 Stars


"Using a mixture of humour (yes, there are banjo jokes), observations, self-reflection and music, Alessi’s inspirational and compelling tale will pluck at your heartstrings, clawhammer style."

Fringe Review - Regina - 2019: 4 Stars


"He performs with a genuine passion – the man sure loves his banjos! The message of the show is positive and inspiring, and is delivered in a compelling manner."


Tomatoes on TV!

Keith was on CTV last month in Regina to talk about the show and festival!

RIFF 2019 - Team Fringe - CTV July 11

IT'S DAY 2Hey Look William Hales & Keith Alessi (Tomatoes Tried To Kill Me) were on CTV Morning Live - Regina today!--------------------------------Regina Fringe - July 10-145 Venues - 21 Shows - EVERY DAYTickets https://regina_fringe.eventbrite.caon-line $12 (plus fees)At-the-door $14 (Cash Only)--------------------------------Other Events during Festival WeekJuly 13 - Kid's Fringe - 10:00 - 2:00 - Museum (indoors/outdoors)--------------------------------#yqr #reginafringe2019 #regina, Saskatchewan Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Tourism Saskatchewan Tourism Regina Tourism Moose Jaw SaskExpress Regina Farmers' Market Cooperative Regina Downtown BID CTV Regina

Posted by Regina International Fringe Theatre Festival on Thursday, July 11, 2019


The Reviews Are In!

Check out what the critics are saying about the show!


Winnipeg Free Press: "Alessi has an easygoing style with an honest vulnerability."

Full Review Here!

Vancouver Presents: “Fringe review: Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an intimate and affecting show.”

The Paper ( New York City

"An honest telling of one man’s journey.  Alessi’s performance manages to be warm, tear-jerking, and humorous all at once – a gem in New York City’s off-off-Broadway scene."

Full Review Here!

Theatre Is Easy (New York City): "Keith Alessi's Italian-Canadian corporate-to-banjo story is thoroughly entertaining."

"Alessi's story is straightforward, vulnerable, heartwarming, and full of traditional “old time” music of the Southern United States."

Full Review Here! (Vancouver):Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me, But Banjos Saved My Life is a show in the true spirit of Fringe. The performance will put a smile on your face, leaving you glad and happy.”

Vancouver Presents: Fringe review: “Tomatoes Tried to Kill Me But Banjos Saved My Life is an intimate and affecting show”

#FringeDuJour: 20 shows not to miss at this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival

Katie’s Picks: “If the name isn’t enough to grab your attention, maybe you will be happy to hear that this show is for all ages. And the tomatoes are evil.”