13 September 2017

How to Fringe 2017: Jayden Masciulli

Jayden Masciulli
Improvisational comedy, acting, writing, lighting
Member of Hit By A Blimp with Caitlyn Staples and Tiana Hogben

I'm Here
13–17 September
The Courthouse

Jayden Masiulli, Caitlyn Staples, Tuana Hogben. Hit By A Blimp. Photo by
Simon McCulloch

If you could invite anyone to see show (and you knew they would come), who would it be?
Weird Al Yankovic because we have a penchant for song parodies.

The Melbourne Fringe in three words.
Ambitious, kooky, dank.

A favourite Melbourne Fringe memory.
I first met Tiana when we were working as venue interns at The Improv Conspiracy Theatre during the 2015 Melbourne Fringe. We were both clueless, terrified newbies who were selling tickets and operating lights in exchange for free improv classes. If you told us we’d be actually writing and performing our own Fringe shows together in the future – with their best pal Caitlyn – we would never have believed you.

What is your experience as an independent artist being part of the Melbourne Fringe?
This is our second spin on the Melbourne Fringe merry-go-round, after the successful run of our first narrative sketch show Who We Were. We had such a blast working together and putting on a show that made us (and, most importantly, our audience) laugh, cry and feel actual feelings. It was a magical and memorable and we’re excited to do it all over again.

What makes the Melbourne Fringe unique?
That a wild, colourful, experimental, innovative arts festival could live together in perfect harmony with the AFL finals series.

Your advice for choosing what to see in the Melbourne Fringe
Word-of-mouth; go check out what your pals are enjoying. But also, have a punt on a show you know nothing about. As Kelly Clarkson so wisely said, “Take a risk, take a chance, make a change, and breakaway”. Kelly is a god, we get all our advice from her.

Do you think there’s a better system than star ratings for reviews?
Chuckles-per-minute (if we’re talking comedy).

Five shows/events that you will not miss at the 2017 Melbourne Fringe.
Pee Stick
Here. Live. Now.
The First Annual (Doris To Insert) Festival by Bess County
Ghosts vs Skeletons by Rose Bishop and Josh Chodziesner
Woah, Alyssa! 1

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