Back once again by popular demand for 2018, our Brighton Bites Q&As offer an, occasionally witty – often hilarious, insight into the acts donning their flip-flops and shades (or high-heels and lippy) to join the line-up of England’s largest arts festival, Brighton Fringe. With 2017 boasting almost 1000 events across 160+ venues and 2018 promising more than 300+ free events to widen access to performances, our Bites aim to give you a taste of what’s in store.
Here, Juuso Kekkonen tells us about his show Queer Homo which he’ll be performing at The Old Market – Waterloo Room.
How would you describe your show in one sentence?
A delightful story about how falling in love with a transguy made a straight man a happier, better person.
Why Brighton Fringe?
Brighton Fringe seemed like the best to do my UK debut. It’s a weird, gigantic festival with lots of different styles and ideas bouncing around so I’m sure I’ll both fit in and stand out nicely.
How did the show get to where it is today?
Since its premiere and becoming a hit in 2012, Queer Homo has made it possible for me to live as a comedian and a writer full time. Now that I’m stopping performing it in Finland, this seems like the perfect time to focus on touring around Europe, seeing what the response will be on foreign soil.
What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?
Queer Homo is a mixture of an autobiographical monologue, lecture on human sexuality and hysterical stand-up show. It’s been refined with five years of touring and I’ve yet to see a show that was quite in the same genre.
What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?
Jamie MacDonald’s Gender Euphoria! Jamie is my colleague and also my favourite Finnish comedian, so my viewpoint is biased, but his show is a distillation of his immense skill as a comedian and a storyteller.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given, or would give, for performing at a fringe festival?
Have fun. But this is my general advice for almost any performer anywhere. The performer has to create shows that they enjoy doing because otherwise, the audience can always tell.
If your show was a piece of Brighton Rock, what word would run through it?
Queer Homo runs at Brighton Fringe on 28 & 29 May 2018.
Nicole Craft | Image: Mira Eskelinen