Inspiration

Jayde Adams

Jayde Adams is one of our favourite comedians and is just back from a hugely successful run at Edinburgh. She might be a bit knackered but, luckily for us, she’s doing a special one-off, London performance of her award-winning show, ‘Jayded’. It’s on at the High Tide Festival in Walthamstow on Sept 28th and we thought we’d have a quick chat about it.

Hey Jayde, welcome home – are you tired?
Yes. It’s 2am but also I’ve been back from Edinburgh Fringe now for a few weeks, but I still feel absolutely ruined! I’m not complaining, I feel very happy with it all, I just wish that sometimes I could stop the clocks and sleep a bit.

What’s the hardest thing about returning from Edinburgh Festival?
I hate packing and unpacking. I hate being reminded what a load of old crap I own. I also hate the inevitable articles that come out about who was the best, who was most reviewed, who had the best show, who made the most money. Who had the most famous people come. Cause none of it’s really real, we all pay about £2000 for PR for the coverage, and then inexplicably, like schools of fish in the ocean the “industry” gathers around certain people and not others. None of it’s real. Because comedy is subjective. The most popular comedy in the UK is Mrs Brown’s Boy’s. Now that may not be your cup of tea, but it’s ignorant to assume that everyone who watches it is wrong. Humour isn’t specific. What makes me laugh, may not make you laugh and that is ok. Those articles are good for the people that get them, but painful for the others. I also hate the inevitable fringe flu. I just had it, it was horrible.

This year was a zinger for you, winning prizes and selling out the whole run, congratulations on that. Was it hard to write a follow up to the enormously successful show from last year?
It wouldn’t have been hard if the subject matter wasn’t a massive bellend during it, that made it interesting. I wrote a show which was meant to be a celebration of love and female friendship. I wanted to do make something about to opposite of my actual feelings. I think there’s a lot of division amongst people at the moment. For all sorts of reasons. Intellectual, class, financial, political, age. I don’t want to make comedy that appeals to only a certain demographic, I think it’s lazy to do that and not fair. So I want to make a show about how love transformed my life. I’ve spent my life being the type of person who can’t hide her feelings about something, some people call me a punk, some people called me something else that kind of rhymes with punk (it doesn’t). I think life is very short to be pretending that you’re somebody else but it does mean that I’ve had a lot of alone time. Which has been brilliant and painful.

So what’s the new(ish) show Jayded all about?
Truth, beauty, freedom and love. That’s Moulin Rouge. And how love finally let me find the person inside that I didn’t mind so much, so I could spend time alone and it wasn’t as painful and I didn’t have to take antidepressants. I’ve been offered them loads by the doctor, but I haven’t taken them – I think about people who went through two wars without them I can do my relatively comfortable life without them. The show is about enjoying differences in other people – even if those differences are the opposite of everything we think is right about the world – and with compassion and understanding you have the power to make somebodies self esteem soar. Want to change the world? Make it like you first and then they’ll listen. The person I wrote it about has been annoying recently and was during Edinburgh, they are going through something major that has nothing to do with me or she’s overwhelmed that I loved her so much to write a show about her. Maybe that’s a bit intense. We’ve had some cross words, I’m sure it’ll be fine. But the ironic thing is, I’m having to learn to do all of these things myself. So annoying. Next year’s show is not going to be about my feelings. It’s going to be about dance!

And you’re doing it down here, right?
Yes! please come to see Jayded in Walthamstow. September 28th…I promise you’ll laugh loads and if you don’t you’ll enjoy me becoming Phantom of The Opera.

Interview: Josh Jones
Photo: Stephanie Sian Smith