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Comedian's "Unexpected" Life Journey Leads Back to Melbourne
Car accidents, kids, Canada and comedy...comedian Jenny Wynter's life story is full of twists, turns and soon...the Melbourne Fringe Festival stage!
“I had no idea what I was going to do,” says Jenny. “All I knew was that this was just not part of the plan!” Luckily for her - three children, a surprise foray into a comedy career and a jaunt living in Canada later - it is the unexpected twists of life such as this, that have given her plenty of grist for the mill, most recently in the form of her one-woman performance:
And as Jenny is quick to point out, the return to Melbourne is quite an emotional – and unexpected – one too. Just weeks before the show was to premiere at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year, Jenny was wiped out in a head-on collision, with her 11 month old baby in the car, no less. “It was such a horrifying time,” she says, “not to mention so wickedly ironic, given that my whole show is about the unexpected! I had such a misplaced sense of superiority over such events, it really rocked me.”
Sidelined from comedy for the next six months to recover from the accident, Jenny now says that having her plans to debut the work in Melbourne cut short, makes coming back again all the sweeter. “I’m like a phoenix rising from the ashes! Except less bird-like. Or ashy.”
In town for two weeks only, the show presents a unique fusion of stand-up, character and musical comedy, with storytelling, in a theatrical piece which, upon its initial work-in-progress viewing in Canada (where the show was initially developed in a residency at the presitious Banff Centre for the Arts), brought many audience members to tears, and received rave reviews at the recent Cabaret Fringe Festival in Adelaide, where it made its debut.
“It’s been pretty amazing. I’ve had total strangers come up afterwards to hug me, a lady told me it had been the highlight of her entire year! One woman brought her recently separated husband back the next night to watch the show again with her, another one emailed to tell me that the show had inspired him to move cities and finally follow his dream,” says Jenny.
“It was then that I thought, ‘okay, wow. This is really connecting with people. Maybe I’m onto something!’”
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“Jenny Wynter oozes talent, and The Unexpected Variety Show is a very passionate piece…I know I could see her over and over again.” Adelaide ArtBeat.
“Audiences were treated to a clever, funny and moving show…Wynter’
“The Unexpected Variety Show” at Melbourne Fringe Festival
27th September – 8th October
Tuesday to Saturdays 7.30pm
12 Elizabeth Street, Kensington
Full: $20 Groups/
Jen is a comedian and improviser with a particular penchant for musical comedy, improvised comedy and combinations thereof. She has trained and performed around Australia, the USA and Canada, including with Second City, Loose Moose Theatre (Calgary) and more.
“…a very funny, talented lady. I hope Brisbane realises what a treasure it has.” Steve Kaplan, Los Angeles comedy coach (has represented Jack Black, Nia Varadalos and more.)
“…an uproar of tears of laughter…absolutely hilarious.” Jackie Hinrichsen
“A rare combination of wit, honesty, intelligence and stage presence…” Michael Pollock, Musical Director Second City Los Angeles.
FULL REVIEWS OF THE SHOW: