Fringe Q&A: Jena Friedman

As America slips into fascism, Jena celebrates free speech while she still has it, in this unapologetic political hour of comedy. Miscarriage of Justice is the US comic’s long-awaited return to the Fringe after her critically-acclaimed 2015 hit American C*nt.

Having appeared on multiple top US shows including Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Jena brings her unique insight and acerbic wit back to Edinburgh at a time when politics in America and worldwide has become more contentious and divisive than ever. ‘

Is this your first time at the Fringe?

No, I have been twice before.

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

It’s a political hour of stand up comedy.

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

Quite a bit, unlike last time when I basically wrote (American Cunt) my show at fringe, I’ve been lucky to run the show a few times in the UK prior to this fringe run so hopefully the Brexit jokes will land.

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

I don’t know, I don’t want to tell people what to do and see, if you are a fan of my work or you want to lower your chances of getting hit by a drunk driver, then this show might be for you.

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

So many… there are a lot of brilliant American comics coming over this year, Phoebe Robinson, Sean Patton, Dan Soder and Ana Drezen to name a few and a lot of great British acts I am sure you already know.

What’s on your hit-list to see?

Everything I can.

What are you planning to do on your days off?

Sleep.

Sell your show in no more than ten words….

Political and funny no holds barred.

Jena Friedman’s new stand up show ‘Miscarriage of Justice’ will be at the Assembly George Square Studio 5 at 9.20pm for the month of August. For tickets go to www.edfringe.com

Leave a Comment