Brizzly Adams: Comedian @jaydeadams comes to @komediabath on July 24th with her ‘The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face’ show
Award-winning comedian and proud Bristolian Jayde Adams is an uncut gem; a force of nature; dangerous and unafraid; the future.. it’s safe to say that when Dawn French says “Jayde Adams is the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact,” she might just be onto something.
Jayde brings her ‘The Ballad of Kylie Jenner’s Old Face’ show to Komedia on July 24th and speaks to Craig Maplesden about the show, playing to a westcountry audience and class divide.
It’s great to see you back in the westcountry. Is it always special to come back to the area to perform?
Of course it is! Although I haven’t lived in Bristol since I was 18. People are so surprised that I’ve “kept the accent.” I remind them I’m not pretentious, so of course I would because it’s who I am, I haven’t changed since I was a kid. I also lived in Wales for 10 years, which is where I went to Glamorgan Uni (don’t be impressed I spent £20,000 on learning how to play Zip Zap Boing, also the Uni doesn’t exist anymore) but didn’t pick up the accent but in my new show I tell a story about calling the Welsh police station which showcases my incredible South Wales impression of a Police Officer I spoke to.
Does coming from the area make it easier to connect to a local audience and do you feel the South West has its own unique sense of humour?
I can connect with anyone anywhere, that’s what my job is all about. I gig all over the country, so I have a story for every town I visit pretty much. That always helps at the top of a show if you show the audience you care about their town and of course I have some great material on Bristol. But this years show isn’t about Bristol. It’s more about how someone with this accent doesn’t often get treated seriously, I imagine many Westcountry folk will relate to that and I want to start being taken seriously. It’s a wider conversation on how the UK has a huge class divide and how that might affect ones upbringing and affect the way they may behave. Don’t worry, it’ll be very funny as well.
What (or who) got you into comedy?
My favourite comedians are; George Carlin, Richard Prior, Hans Teeuwen, Bo Burnham, Maria Bamford, Steve Hughes, Norm MacDonald, Joe Rogen – watching and listening to these guys got me into comedy for sure. My current favourite British stand ups are: Kerry Godliman, Zoe Lyons, Tom Allen, Sean Lock, Phil Wang and Ricky Gervais.
How would you describe your comedy?
That’s a hard question to answer, I often think an act like me hasn’t existed before. Unique?. Also I’m always funny but I’m also ever evolving. Observational, absurd, surprising. I actually found that really easy.
Did getting nominated for Best Newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe 2016 give you the confidence to make people laugh as a career?
Of course it did. Getting awards always makes you feel like you’re doing something well but its not the only way to do it. You literally just got to be undeniably funny and / or really good at admin. Admin is 75% of this job.
You’ve described yourself as an ‘Octuplethreat’. If you weren’t doing comedy, which other ‘threat’ would you be doing?
Opera or rap or drawing probably but there’s none of that in this years show so don’t get excited. I’ll be doing it again but this year I’m taking myself out of my comfort zone and there will be no bells and whistles. Just me, a mic and something I want to say.
Is this something you still do, or would like to do in the future?
I’d love to be a singer but I’ll be honest, there’s nothing better than being a comedian.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
The travelling, the applause, the laughter, the connection, the people, the acceptance, the freedom, the adrenalin, the surprise, the madness, the adoration, the solitude, the control, the ownership, the highs, the lows, the love the companionship. I’m so lucky to get the do this. Thank you to everyone that comes to watch me.