+3 Interview: Travis Jay: Funny, Petty, Cool

+3 Interview: Travis Jay: Funny, Petty, Cool

written by Dan Lentell

“This time I’m looking forward to trying some Haggis and a deep fried chocolate bar!”

WHO: Travis Jay, Performer

WHAT: “After attending the festival in 1994 as a young boy to watch his mother Angie Le Mar perform, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Travis Jay is bringing his own show to the Fringe! Funny, Petty, Cool combines hilarious, deeply personal anecdotes with side-splitting social commentary, offering insight into Travis Jay’s world. From the time he accidentally became the leader of a Black Lives Matter protest to the time he went to war with a four-year-old, Travis recounts stories and more with the effortless charm he‘s become renowned for. ‘He’s amazing’ (Dave Chappelle).”

WHERE: Just the Tonic at The Mash House – Just the Attic (Venue 288) 

WHEN: 14:35 (60 min)

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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?

This is not my first time, I actually attended the Edinburgh festival around 25 years ago. My mother Angie Le Mar is a stand up comic, so I was at the festival as a 7-year-old. My main memories are mostly focused on the iconic shortbread biscuits. This time I’m looking forward to trying some Haggis and a deep fried chocolate bar!

What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?

Well I didn’t attend the festivals last year, but the biggest thing has got to be supporting Dave Chappelle on his recent London dates. I met him when he came over last year in an impromptu secret gig, that was a great night and when he came back I was the UK support. That was a tremendous experience, sharing the stage with somebody I consider the greatest comic ever for 3 nights in a row. An experience I’ll never forget.

Tell us about your show.

This show is an attempt to really introduce myself to the audience, I take the audience into my experience of fatherhood thus far and the curveballs that I’ve had dealt along the way. I open up about how the passing of my Grandfather had affected me and caused me to face my toxic masculinity. My show has lots of social commentary and much more, I really can’t wait for people to see it.

What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?

I know a few comedians who are taking shows up this year, I definitely recommend going to see Marlon Davis, Thanyia Moore, Steff Todd, Jacob Hawley and Sophie Duker.

Travis Jay