“Our first year we literally performed in the corner of a bar. So when the football was on things got quite interesting.”
WHO: Jay Bennett, Comedian
WHAT: “Failed 80s diva and Dorking’s most successful pub singer Yasmine Day boldly attempts to revive her flagging career with a last ditch concert extravaganza. Expect unique renditions of 80s power ballads, world-famous originals you’ve never heard of and (definitely true) celebrity anecdotes. Debut character comedy from Jay Bennett. Finalist: London Cabaret Awards; nominated: Best Comedy Event (Buxton Fringe). As seen on BBC 3.”
WHERE: Pleasance Courtyard – Bunker Two (Venue 33)
WHEN: 22:30 (60 min)
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Is this your first time to Edinburgh?
It’s not my first time in Edinburgh but it is my first solo show! I’m also in a double act called Next Best Thing and we have done three shows in the past. Our first year we literally performed in the corner of a bar. So when the football was on things got quite interesting. We also did a tap dance in that show so people would just walk in and see two girls smashing out an entire dance routine whilst they ordered a whisky and coke.
What’s the biggest thing to have happened to you since Festivals ’18?
I finished all 8 seasons of The Vampire Diaries.
Tell us about your show.
My show is called An Audience with Yasmine Day and it’s about a disillusioned 80’s singer who attempts to put on this big concert. She’s a pub singer essentially but thinks she’s Celine Dion. It’s a character comedy show with a musical element to it. There are a few popular 80’s songs in it, plus some of her ‘original hits’.
I’ve been performing Yasmine Day for almost two years now. It started by mistake, I was asked to perform at an 80’s themed comedy night and I came up with a power ballad singer called Yasmine Day. I had so much fun doing it I decided to keep going! Slowly I built an hour show which is my debut in Edinburgh this year.
Objectively Funny are producing the show. They host regular comedy nights in London and have banded together to become a sort of super collective of producers and they’re FAB!
What should your audience see at the festivals after they’ve seen your show?
There’s so many amazing shows going up this year! But if a had to pick: James Barr: Thirst Trap
Doug Crossley: Give me one moment in time (he has no social media he is basically a modern day hero)
Sunil Patel: White Knight
And of course all the Objectively Funny crew – Will Rowland, Siblings, Harriet Braine, Tom Mayhew, David McIver, Nathan Roberts – I think that’s everyone!
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