After attending the Edinburgh Festival in 1994 as a young boy to watch his mother Angie Le Mar perform, Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year nominee Travis Jay is bringing his own show north of the border! Funny, Petty, Cool combines hilarious, deeply personal anecdotes with side-splitting social commentary, offering insight into Travis Jay’s world. Travis spoke with The Fountain about the show in more depth as well as his plans for this month.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, are you excited?
Excited is an understatement, I’ve planned to go on so many different occasions but this summer it’s really happening! I’m ready for deep fried everything and Haggis.
TF: Funny, Petty, Cool, certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise? And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
These are three words that I feel describe me most accurately, It’s a play on the title of TLC’s album CrazySexyCool. I would have gone with ‘Sexy’ in the title but I don’t think I’m really the poster boy in that way, although I’m open to being wrong. My influence for the title was TLC but the show itself is driven by my desire to introduce myself to the audience, I really let the audience in with this. I truly cannot wait.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I’ve not been before as a comedian but I was up there as a boy, 7 years old to be precise. I came up with my mother Angie Le Mar for her show Funny Black Women on the Edge, she’s a comedian also. So in a weird way, it’s a return! Return of the Trav haha! I really want to see Arthurs seat, so I’ll definitely be getting on that as soon as I arrive.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Funny, Petty, Cool?
I would definitely like to tour this show, I’ve got some amazing ideas I’d like to see developed into TV shows but I’m the type to focus on one step at a time so right now my only plans are Edinburgh Festival and really enjoying the experience.
You can see Travis Jay: Funny, Pretty, Cool at Just the Tonic at the Mash House until 25th August at 14:35. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com