With the difficult times we are facing at the moment, it is the perfect time to try something new whilst you are forced to stay indoors and over the next couple of weeks we are interviewing acts that are putting on everything from projects to lessons. Today, we speak to Australian stand up Anthony Jeannot. The comedian who has sold out festivals such as Edinburgh has teamed up with acclaimed director John Gordillo (who has worked with comedians including Dylan Moran, Reginald D Hunter and Josh Widdicombe) to release this debut album! I had to find out more so I caught up with Anthony online.
Hello Anthony tell us a little bit about yourself!
I’m just a small town boy, born and raised in South Detroit.
No, Hi, my name’s Anthony Jeannot, and when the world’s not completely mad I perform stand-up comedy on a stage, in a pub, full of people. That being said, there are some comedy nights that I have performed to which wouldn’t have broken any social distancing guidelines.
Tell us all about the project that you are bringing to the online world at the moment?
It’s my stand-up comedy album. Recorded late last year, which largely a story about getting to your late 20’s and realising your generation is has hard a lot of the societal things we were promised growing up where actually going to be a lot harder than we were led to believe.
What times does it run throughout the day?
It’s totally free, all day every day on Spotify, Amazon and Apple music.
How was the project formed?
Lots and lots of late nights in pubs. I did the show in Melbourne before moving to London, the crowds were great, the reception was really good and so I took it to Edinburgh and had the same experience. I wanted to share it with more people and here we are.
How has it been going so far?
The album has only been out a week but it’s been fun to get feedback from people who hadn’t seen it live enjoying it.
With everything happening in the world at the moment, why is it so important to have activities like yours available?
I think storytelling comedy is carthatic at the best of times. It helps us relate to the parts of each other we usually hide or are embarassed by. There is acceptance somewhere in the laughter. And, I think right now, it’s just good to be able to laugh and think about and talk about being a person outside of the current context. It feels almost nostalgic in a way, which is nice. I think live virtual gigs are a little bit of a reminder of the fact that we’d all rather be in a pub, or out with people but a pre-record kinda just feels nice and comfy and nostalgic.
Tell us about the writing process?
I have a vague idea that I think might be funny and I take it to an open mic night and I hope that I panic myself into a punchline. It sounds crazy but I feel like if I’ve written the joke before I get on stage it’s not authentic or it’s a bit pre-rehearsed. It’s probably a little bit laziness as well, because once a joke has shown potential on-stage, I’ll go away and pick it apart, work out where the laughs come and figure out how to make that funnier.
What are some of your personal favourites?
Carmello and dream althoughhonorable mention to the creme egg.
I love Simon Amstell, Daniel Kitson who are brilliant storytellers while also being gutbustingly funny. If you’re not familiar with them check out the works of Laura Davis and David Quirk too. I can’t help but feel like I spent a lot of my early work on stage trying to figure out what they did and do it.
If people want to find out more about you on social media where shall they visit?
I’m putting short clips of the album up on my YouTube:
I’m also doing a lot of silly live QnA’s on Instagram stories: https://www.instagram.com/anthonyjeannot/
Finally why should people listen to your comedy album?
Because it’s funny. If you’ve ever woken up or looked around your life and thought ‘this can’t be it right?’ I think you’ll really enjoy this album.