Leon Huxtable is an engaging, bearded bloke who is ready to share his experiences with Melbourne Fringe audiences. A key part and influence in his show is his experience with Crohn’s disease. Leon says he hopes to “raise awareness for Crohn’s disease but also have a laugh about it”, “because if you can’t laugh about it”, “it’s really sad, and you don’t want to be sad”.
‘Talk Show with Myself’ will have a “classic stand-up” feel with a mix of stories, characters and quips but also a “moment or two” of harsher reality. Leon hopes to “reclaim toilet humour” in his stand-up show and take away some of the stigma of Crohn’s. “The biggest downfall…is people won’t talk about it”, says Leon. Looking at his condition through a comedic lens has enabled Leon to improve his own mindset but also reach out to others who want to find the funny.
The journey to performing at the Melbourne Fringe has been “long” and “on the cards for many many years”, says Leon. Since 2008, Leon has been involved in a range of different performance styles including musical theatre, acting, performing music and MC’ing as well as co-hosting a podcast titled ‘Yeah G’day’. That said, 2017 appears to be the year where Leon has turned his eye to comedy and refining his writing and onstage style. One thing he is sure of is that his comedy “needs to be inherently Leon”.
Leon describes the help and guidance he has received along the way, including from Tessa Waters and Luke Escombe. He speaks sincerely about their counsel as well as the “tips and tricks” he has received in preparation for his maiden festival show. Leon values their insight into the “best” way of preparing as well as “finding the line” between discussing the reality of living with Crohn’s and turning it into something funny.
“It’s better if people come to the show not knowing (about Crohn’s)”, comments Leon. “They can get an understanding of it through comedy, rather than through fact sheets”. Crohn’s is “part of my life” and it is inevitable but also necessary that elements of the show will focus on it. Leon hopes to “offer a unique perspective on life”, as he notes “living with a chronic illness makes you view life differently… sometimes it’s a lens everyone should view life through”.
Check out Leon Huxtable’s show ‘Talk Show with Myself’ on 25 and 26 September 2017 at the Hare Hole (Hares & Hyenas). For more information and tickets, click here.
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