Lynne Jassem Q&A – Edinburgh Fringe 2016

Edinburgh, the Fringe, why bother?

Because it is the biggest and bestest Fringe in the whole world and who knows what could happen.

What have been the nuggets of inspiration behind your show this year?

An attempt to be “real” in the face of comedy: to let my vulnerable side be the laughing stock of audiences everywhere, mixing this with real moments of poignancy and waiting for the double-barreled approach to corral them in.

Stand-out Fringe moment to date?

I haven’t been yet…but I am sure it will be the Haggis.

When you wished a hole had opened up in the ground and swallowed you up?

When I was auditioning for Tommie Tune 100 years ago and my leotard fell down…everyone yelled “use it”, but I had nothing to use!

Your unsung heroes in the industry at current?

Bill Santiago, a very funny and intelligent man. My director Peter Michael Marino and Michele Balan, who is starting to create some tunes.

Three shows you must see this Fringe?

I would love to see the other “old Broads”..Dyan Forest and Ruth Lynne Miller..and a couple of young ones ..such as Lucy Pohl.

The one person you’d love to see your show and why?

My mom…because so much of the show is about her (probably better that she has passed away and can’t see it.)

The reason why one should come and see your show?

To laugh, to feel, to understand, identify and learn….and just completely enjoy yourself. Cause it is soooooo good.

The one thing in Edinburgh you must do? 

Sleep, see the castle, and… sun bathe.

Ah sorry, you’re dead. But least you can have that dinner party you’ve always wanted. Who are you inviting?

John Leguizamo, Bill Irwin, Sid Caesar, Joan Rivers, Gene Kelly, Claude Kipnis, Billy Crystal and my mom.


Lynne Jassem: From Como To Homo at the Edinburgh Festival Sweet Venue Grass Market 2 at 2.15pm 




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