CLARA SAVES AMERICA comes to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival to make fun of Americans and the French
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
I’m an internationally unknown French stand-up comedian. I’ve been performing stand up in the States for the past 20 years. I first moved to South Carolina, then to Brooklyn NY. I mostly learned English by listening to English speaking stand-up comedians, Eddy Izzard, Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld. When I started doing stand-up, audiences thought I was deaf. I was never deaf, I was just French with a messed up accent.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
My show is mostly about me, I talk about being French and living in America. I love talking about myself. I actually started dating to have something to talk about, then I got married for my stand up, got a divorce for the comedy , I even made people for the jokes. What can I say? I need the material. In the show I talk about being French and living in America, moving to South Carolina and then to New York before winding up in California, where I now live with cats, people and neighbors. I take you through my journey of going from French student immigrant to American citizen with all the trials and tribulations in between. I share my thoughts on attending funerals, leaving notes on people’s cars, the hardship of raising French cats in America these days, and of course, I’ll talk about how I will, during these chaotic times, save America!
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
This show is a collection of stories and jokes written over the past 20 years. I feel that now I’m ready to finally be internationally unknown world-wide, my show is now ready to be told. Why is it relevant in 2018? Sometimes, I talk about children and we’re all doing ‘it’ so the people need to hear this shit. It’s like a PSA… You’re welcome.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
This will be my first fringe so I’m not sure what to expect but I’d say that a bottle or 3 of wine (good or bad) should help in any tough situations.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
I performed stand up around Los Angeles until I was 8 & 1/2 months pregnant. The most embarrassing moment came when I was convinced that people were laughing not at my jokes but at the sight of the baby moving across my belly.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
French comedians Smain, Lemercier, then Chapelle, Seinfeld, DeGeneres, Poundstone, Izzard for inspiring me to get on stage and for teaching me English.
Today Ricky Gervais and Blanche Gardin for constantly making me laugh.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Not really, it depends on the show and whether I’m stressed or not. If I’m working with other comics, we’ll compare wounds from past shows, we’ll catch up since the last time we saw each other or we’ll talk shit about the industry. If I’m alone, either I’ll read, if I feel unprepared, I’ll cram. If I’m stressed, I’ll visit the facilities every 3 to 4 minutes…
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
I’m looking forward to seeing a bunch of comics during the festival, I worked in London early June and met some very funny comics, I’m looking forward to seeing their hour long show. Earlier this year, I worked with Scott Capurro in San Francisco and I can’t wait to see his humour in England. Scott was one of the comedians who encouraged me to do Edinburgh this year.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the Fringe?
Who doesn’t like making fun of Americans and of the French? Having spent roughly half my life in each country, I’m uniquely positioned to do both.