Fringe interview: Jake Howie

They say a loose pair of lips could sink a ship, but you’ve gotta talk truth to give reality a flip. And reality in 2018 needs the hard word, so there’s never been a better time to get lippy. Reading Comedy Festival New Act of the Year and 2018 NATYS Finalist Jake Howie doesn’t pay lip service – there’s no time for niceties when the world is drowning in disillusion. Join him as he takes you on a journey through the lens of an eternal optimist trying to grapple with this wild moment in time.

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

YES – should I be scared?

Tell us a bit about the show you’re in this year?

My show is called Read My Lips, and it is about an eternal optimist from New Zealand grappling with this crazy moment in time. It covers my Italian marriage, my childhood in Scientology and my undying worship of Nicki Minaj.

How much work has gone into getting it ready for Edinburgh?

A lifetime, as material has developed through experiences I have had throughout my life.

Are you nervous ahead of your opening night?

Slightly nervous, but mainly excited. The kind of nerves that give you phantom poos with the excitement that makes your blood feel like sparkling water.

There’s thousands of shows on – why should Fringe-goers fork out to see yours?

Because in a world of basics, I am the only gay Kiwi boy who grew up in Scientology who is married to an Italian academic and revers Nicki Minaj.

Are there any other shows on this year you’d recommend?

Just go see as many shows as possible – you never know what you’ll discover!

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Jenny Collier’s A Few Good Jen, The Ballad of Sarah Callaghan and Angry Emoji Face, to name but a few!

What are you planning to do on your days off?

In my head, jog along the beach, make cookies and do yoga. In reality, I’ll probably make a cheesy bowl of pasta to cry into.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

A gay Kiwi optimist makes use of his sharp tongue.

Jake Howie: Read My Lips, 9:30pm, Just the Tonic at the Caves, until 26 August, www.edfringe.com

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