Queerness is on the pinnacle of Straight Jokes – James Barr’s acclaimed five-star stand-up tour of the UK (his very first, by the best way).
“It is type of like a dream come true. I really feel so fortunate to have the ability to take my present on tour to a few of my favourite cities. It is also an opportunity to fulfill a few of our Hits Radio listeners. I am a bit fearful about ticket gross sales, I am not Madonna… However nonetheless!’ he informed Metro.nl.
The Hits Radio Breakfast presenter, who first appeared on the Edinburgh Fringe Competition in 2022, has taken his hours-long set to a complete new degree following a breakup, which means he is bought heaps of recent materials.
As a result of heartbreak is perhaps silly, however James discovered the silver lining by explaining: “My boyfriend and I broke up in November, so the present wanted a little bit of a clumsy edit. Luckily, the jokes about my ex are funnier now, there actually is fact in comedy.
“I get tremendous private. I can go to fairly darkish locations once I’m writing new materials. I wish to take my fact, course of it, have some remedy, after which flip it into one thing actually humorous.”
It is the non-public contact that makes James’s set a lot enjoyable. No matter your sexuality, there are components of relatability in all places for everybody, hilarious too. However being so open about his queer expertise comes at a value…
As a homosexual comic, the leisure trade usually tells me I am “too campy,” or as somebody on TikTok put it, “Solely tells homosexual jokes. Sexuality will not be humorous”.’
Which, should you check out the commentary of most heterosexual comedians, we might wish to differ.
James continued, “Straight comedians [Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais] make a number of jokes about LGBT folks, victimize us of their punch line and they’re celebrated with Netflix specials. It isn’t truthful.
‘Straight folks can get away with making jokes about homosexual folks, however I am unable to get away with it if I am actually homosexual. So for an hour I wrote the funniest jokes ever – besides they don’t seem to be homosexual, they’re simply tales about my life, and I occur to be homosexual.’
“After I was in my twenties I used to be a DJ at a fairly well-known radio station and my bosses and producers informed me to cease describing Britney songs as ‘fierce’ and ultimately ‘must be much less camp’. Straight Jokes is my improbable reply,” he added.
“Ultimately, it is an hour of jokes I’ve written testing out new materials on a bunch of open mics each in London and NYC. I needed to carry out a present that was straight-up jokes to show myself as a comic. I find it irresistible a lot and might’t wait to carry out it.’
You will get tickets for Straight Jokes right here. It is to not be missed.
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