Tell us about Anthony Jeannot – Stand Up Comedy Album.
When I was 14, my high school made me write a letter to myself. Then 10-years after I graduated they sent it to my parents’ address. Which is the cruelest trick of all-time. Talk about playing the long game, while we were making fun of our teachers they were like ‘just, you wait, 14 years from now, I’m going to ruin you, without lifting a finger.’ Also, the fact that it was sent to our parents house just shows they had absolutely no confidence in the education they were giving us.
The show is about getting that letter and having a moment of being like “omg, nothing has turned out as planned, and I was lied to, I’d like to talk to the manager.”
What inspired you to create a comedy album about the realities you face in adulthood?
I think the show came first. I performed it in Melbourne, Edinburgh, London and the audiences were great, the reviews were great and I thought, when I stop touring this show, why not share it with more people?
What kind of compromises do you explore?
I was pretty idealistic as a kid, so the show looks at things like ‘do I want a job that helps people? Or do I want to be able to afford nice stuff?’ And is redemption always possible? Or will Kevin always just be a Kevin?
These existential ideas can get quite dark. What’s your trick to making them funny?
Haha. Great question and I can’t answer it without sounding pretentious, so let’s go.
I think it’s like a funhouse mirror. Sometimes, the bits that are exaggerated are bits you might already be sensitive about, but if you get the context right, and exaggerate it just enough, the funny comes out.
And then, it’s trial and error. You learn how far you can take an audience before you need to cut the tension with something gentle.
What made you want to tell these stories in the form of an album?
I’ve always loved listening to comedy albums. I genuinely think outside of being there live, it’s my favourite way to take in comedy.
What about storytelling do you think makes it so important, especially at difficult times like now?
Storytelling is a great unifier. When we share stories we can look at each others lives and go ‘ahh I know exactly what that feels like.’ We feel less alone and hopefully less subconscious that we’re the one village idiot who is doing it all wrong. And, I think at the moment where we are all so isolated from each other and disconnected from our old reality, sharing stories is a really great way to experience that connection.
What do you hope people take away from your album?
I mean first, I just hope they laugh. And, enjoy it. I hope they can kill 46 minutes of the never ending lockdown and just have fun with it.
If there’s anything above that, I guess just that it’s normal to get to adulthood and go ‘hang on a second, this isn’t what I thought it would be like at all, and that’s never been more true than now’.
Do you have any advice for aspiring comedians?
- Just do a lot of gigs. Fail fast and learn faster.
- Listen to absolute all the advice you get, ignore most of it because it’s rubbish, but you won’t know what is rubbish and what’s not if you don’t listen first
- Tell us a joke.