“My show is super fun… there’s live music, there’s rapping, there’s stand-up, there’s one-liners, there’s physical comedy… there’s a bit of magic in there too… lots of surprises”. In ‘Young, Dumb & Full of Pun’, Jared Jekyll has put together a show that blends his range of skills into a unique (if somewhat eclectic) performance. Jared says he likes to “dabble in lots of different comedy… I think I’m a good mixed bag… a little taster of what you might be into”. This is certainly reflective of my experience with the show that I saw on 2 April 2017 [Hugging Comedians - ★★★★].
Jared brings some of the energy he has on stage to our chat as he admits he is an “animated kind of guy”. “I love you baby!”, Jared screams into the microphone as he details his appreciation of his girlfriend’s influence on his comedy, who he describes as “grounded, incredible, in every way”. His girlfriend the “singer, dancer, actress”, “has a really good comedic head on her shoulders” and has helped spark and improve Jared’s material. Based on Jared’s range of artistic experiences, it seems logical that he would connect with another performer. Jared went to “the Australian Institute of Music… did a degree in musical theatre… studied hip-hop production… dabbled in circus arts” and even was a “competition beat boxer”!
To perform the musical elements of his set, Jared requires a loop station, which he sets up with milk crates. “In the 80s, when they would DJ, they would just use milk crates… stack up four milk crates, put a plank of wood over the top… and decks on top of that… for me it’s this esoteric wink to hip hop”. “Often when I perform at theatres”, Jared continues, the staff would ask, “do you want a table? Do you want me to put a cloth over this? They think it’s not deliberate”. You can check out a sample of Jared’s music (in the lead up to the release of his upcoming album) on SoundCloud.
Into his sixth year of doing comedy, Jared has finally “accepted the fact” that he’s a “professional comedian”. He describes the first two years of doing comedy as “just mental”, performing at open mic nights before he got to the stage of getting paid. “I remember the first time I got paid $50 for five minutes… when the money is good in comedy it’s the best… but it’s mainly drink tokens… I give my drink tokens away”.
Despite covering some unusual topics in his material, Jared does not like to focus too much on “smut”. “I’m happy to be smutty if there’s going to be a pull back and reveal… for me, smut with no payoff is quite pedestrian… you hear mates at the pub making those jokes”. Jared instead focuses on a wide range of interests that influence his comedy. He has an interest in cartoons, video games, ornithology and Thomas Kinkade. This contrasts his newfound interest in science, metaphysics and “determinism… the idea of free will”.
“My next show is going to be whimsical”, says Jared as he discusses his current and future projects. Jared notes he is currently “mid-three shows”. “I write cabarets for people… so I’m usually working on a cabaret, a solo show and a double act… I just love writing”. Though bound by the limitations of size and scale of current productions, Jared hopes one day to do a show in a “bigger theatre, with stage hands, props… to make it more theatrical”.
“It’s like something you’ve never seen before” says Jared as he describes his 2017 MICF show ‘Young, Dumb & Full of Pun’, which includes a “variety of things you’ve never seen together”. Jared “really like(s) making people happy” and hopes his audiences feel like “it’s a community, and everything is safe”. That said, if you want to see the show taken to a new level, on 17 April at the Melbourne Town Hall Jared promises a “late night, raucous show where anything goes”.
Check out Jared Jekyll in ‘Young, Dumb & Full of Pun’ from 30 March to 23 April 2017. For more information and to book tickets, click here.
For something a little bit special, buy tickets here to Jared Jekyll’s extra show at the Melbourne Town Hall on Monday, 17 April at 9:45pm!
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