How the Potty Trained Us

The Keynote Performance

Formally performed as


The Solo Show

What if the solution to climate change, world peace, and self-love was the one thing no one wanted to talk about?

From communal Roman toilets to the Queen who banished the bowel movement, Shawn "The Puru" Shafner unearths the origins of our dis-ease. In this stand-up comedy / TED-style lecture / character-shifting solo play, Shafner exposes how current sanitary practices threaten our health, environment, and 40% of the world still living without safe toilets - and invites us to get our sh*t together before it hits the fan.

Fascinating, hilarious and totally timely, How the Potty Trained Us asks us to take the plunge, join a revolution pushing for change from the bottom up, and proudly declare “I’m a pooper!”

NOTE: How the Potty Trained Us is adapted from the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival hit, An Inconvenient Poop. This adaptation delivers all the same content (see referenced source texts here) in a production that is accessible to any venue with a projector.


FringeNYC 2015 Award Winner!
Overall Excellence in Solo Performance

“Critic’s Pick!"
Time Out New York

“Best Bet!”
Theater is Easy

“Not to Miss!”

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