This Fringe must have a record number.
This Fringe must have a record number of clown shows. There’s Phil Koole’s Halapatoolo, Vincenzo Aliberti’s A Funeral For Clowns, and Little Lady, by Cirque du Soleil performer/Celine Dion dancer Sandrine Lafond.
And making a welcome return are popular Fringe red-nosers Morro and Jasp (aka Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee), along with their co-writer/director, Byron Laviolette. The trio, who’ve taken us through adolescence (Morro And Jasp Do Puberty) and attempts at whipping up a cooking show (Morro And Jasp: Go Bake Yourself) are involved in two plays this year: Of Mice And Morro And Jasp and PornStar (the latter’s not a clown show). In addition, Laviolette’s involved in the site-specific show [ZED.TO] Byologyc: Where You Become New.
Clowns are really big at this year’s Fringe. Do you guys take any credit for that?
Morro: Um, maybe… but not all of it. Clowns have been loved in this city before and will be after we’re gone, so we’re just a part of the wave.
Jasp: But I’m sure it’s mostly because of us.
Morro: Jasp, that is not true.
Jasp: How do you know it’s not?
Who’s your biggest clown competition at the festival?
Jasp: Are you looking for a fight? Huh? Are you? You wanna go? Bring it. Bring it!
Morro: Mud wrestle!
Are you adapting Steinbeck’s Depression-era tale Of Mice And Men because of the current economic climate?
Jasp: We are in hard times here, people. And it’s worse for clowns, despite all the shows this year. Statistically, clowns make 55 per cent of what a “regular” person makes.
Morro: Think about it.
Without the red noses, do people in the Beer Tent recognize you?
Morro: Um… like if we had our noses removed somehow?
Jasp: Would people recognize you without your nose?
Morro: Probably not. It’d be like Clark Kent.
You’re also involved in Chris Craddock’s PornStar. What is it about you that made Chris think “porn stars”?
Morro & Jasp: Isn’t it obvious, Glenn?
You have a couple of days when you’re performing both shows, and on the final Saturday (July 14) you’ve got a mere 45 minutes between them. How will you manage?
Morro: Cuz we’re hardcore! Cuz we’re “street” like that! Cuz we’re clowns! North Side!
Jasp: Sigh, we have no idea….
You’ve always got rave reviews in NOW. Will this year be any different?
Jasp: That’s hard to answer. I guess it depends if NOW likes our show.
Morro: Can we interest you in some cookies?
How would you convince Mayor Ford to see one of your shows?
Morro & Jasp: Free plastic bags for everyone who comes to the show!
Of Mice And Morro And Jasp begins July 5, and PornStar begins July 6, both at the Tarragon Mainspace.