After an amazing response last year we are once again resurrecting our Brighton Bites mini-interviews. These short and snappy Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts strutting, sailing, surfing (insert preferred form of transport here) in to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. 2018 was a record-breaking year for the Fringe with over 575,000 people attending the festival; and with 2019 promising to be more inclusive than ever, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store across the 4,500+ events and performances that are on offer.
Second up for today, Josh James tell us about his work-in-Progress show JAMESY which he’ll be performing at Sweet @ The Welly.
Describe your show in one sentence?
In my show I reflect on my upbringing in Essex amongst a fame-hungry generation who are hell bent on money & power, this is 45 minutes of uncensored stand up where I joke about masculinity, success and more.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton is one of my favourite places in the World, full of people who love to have a good old laugh. When I had the opportunity to bring my new work in progress show to the Brighton Fringe I didn’t think twice!
How did the show get to where it is today?
A lot of writing, a lot of stage time and a lot of asking my Mrs ‘Is this funny?’.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
I am a club comedian who plays some great comedy clubs across the country, including Brighton’s very own Komedia. My show will bring the laughs and energy of a club set whilst trying to deliver a deeper message about celebrity culture.
What show do you not want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan. Sarah is very funny and I loved her first show Elephant. I’ll be checking this one out so you should too.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Stop talking about it and just do it!
With the theme of this year’s festival being ‘DARE to Discover’, we’d like you to tell us a TRUTH – something about you or the show that fans may not know.
I was on the very first episode of The Only Way is Essex which aired over 9 years ago. This means that I can tell people that I am a Comic who is ‘As seen on Netflix’… little do they know it is not for my stand-up!
JAMESY runs at Brighton Fringe from 3-4 May 2019. Brighton Fringe takes place between 3 May – 2 June 2019; www.brightonfringe.org
Nicole Craft | Image: Contributed