My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy) at the Edmonton Fringe Festival

Jon Bennett and Ray Bennett. My Dad's Deaths (A Comedy). Photo supplied.

Jon Bennett and Ray Bennett. My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy). Photo supplied.

My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy) by Jon Bennett
August 12 – 17, 19 – 21 at Venue #40: La Cité Francophone Suzanne Thibaudeau Auditorium
More information: jonbennettcomedy.com


An interview with Jon Bennett.

Describe your show in five words. 

Storytelling, Dad, Accident prone, Controversial

Okay, now that we’re intrigued… what’s the longer description? 

Growing up in tiny community in the outback of Australia my Dad was my school teacher, my minister at Church, my football coach, my basketball coach, my tennis coach, my Uncle (not really my Uncle) but pretty much everything in my life. He is an accident prone and very melodramatic man. I’m a comedian who makes penis jokes. This show is about our relationship.

Where did the inspiration for My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy) come from?

My Dad obviously. People seemed to like hearing about him. After doing my show about my brother (‘Fire in the Meth Lab‘) last year people wanted to know more about my family members so I thought I’d make a show about my Dad. Most people can relate to having a strange upbringing so I thought I’d explore this relationship.

My Dad’s Deaths (A Comedy) is about the relationship between an “extremely conservative” father and a comedian son. Can you talk a bit more about what aspects of that relationship the show explores?

My Dad is a very serious man. He doesn’t like knock knock jokes because they’re offensive to the homeless. I’m a comedian known for making a book called ‘Pretending Things are a Cock’. Dad always wanted me to be an author…

This is a show about your dad’s deaths, but is a comedy. Where does the comedy of the show come from?

“Comedy is tragedy plus time.” – I’m pretty sure Jesus said that. I think the best comedy revolves around honesty and this a is a very honest show about a strained relationship with a family member which most people can relate to in some way or another.

Anything else you want audiences to know about the show?

– This is the bragging bit? For me this is a very personal show. For those who saw ‘Fire in the Meth Lab‘ and enjoyed it then this is a show you’ll like. It’s won many awards around the world and is my best reviewed show. I just hope you like it.

The 35th Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival is August 11 – 21. Tickets go on sale August 3 at noon and will be available at tickets.fringetheatre.ca.

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