MORRO & JASP
This Fringe must have a record number of clown shows. There’s Phil Koole’s Halapatoolo, Vincenzo Aliberti’s A Funeral For
Clowns, and Little Lady, by Cirque du Soleil performer/Celine Dion dancer Sandrine Lafond.
And making a welcome return are popular Fringe rednosers Morro and Jasp (aka Heather Marie Annis and Amy
Lee), along with their co-writer/director, Byron Laviolette. The trio, who’ve taken us through adolescence (Morro And Jasp Do Puberty) and attempts at whipping up a cooking show (Morro And Jasp: Go Bake Yourself) are involved in two plays this year: Of Mice And Morro And Jasp and PornStar (the latter’s not a clown show). In addition, Laviolette’s involved in the site-specific show [ZED.TO] Byologyc: Where You Become New.
Clowns are really big at this year’s Fringe. Do you guys take any credit for that?
Morro: Um, maybe… but not all of it. Clowns have been loved in this city before and will be after we’re gone, so we’re just a part of the wave.
Jasp: But I’m sure it’s mostly because of us.
Morro: Jasp, that is not true. Jasp: How do you know it’s not?
Who’s your biggest clown competition at the festival?
Are you looking for a fight? Huh? Are you? You wanna go? Bring it. Bring it!
Are you adapting Steinbeck’s Depression-era tale Of Mice And Men because of the current economic climate?
Jasp: We are in hard times here, people. And it’s worse for clowns, despite all the shows this year. Statistically, clowns make 55 per cent of what a “regular” person makes.
Morro: Think about it.
Without the red noses, do people in the Beer Tent recognize you?
Morro: Um… like if we had our noses removed somehow?
Jasp: Would people recognize you without your nose?
Morro: Probably not. It’d be like Clark Kent.
You’re also involved in Chris Craddock’s PornStar. What is it about you that made Chris think “porn stars”?
Morro & Jasp: Isn’t it obvious,
You have a couple of days when you’re performing both shows, and on the final Saturday (July 14) you’ve got a mere 45 minutes between them. How will you manage?
Morro: Cuz we’re hardcore! Cuz we’re “street” like that! Cuz we’re clowns! North Side!
Jasp: Sigh, we have no idea….
You’ve always got rave reviews in NOW. Will this year be any different?
Jasp: That’s hard to answer. I guess it depends if NOW likes our show.
Morro: Can we interest you in some cookies? How would you convince Mayor Ford to see one of your shows?
Morro & Jasp: Free plastic bags for everyone who comes to the show!
Of Mice And Morro And Jasp begins July 5, and PornStar begins July 6, both at the Tarragon Mainspace.
Morro (Heather Marie Annis, above) and Jasp (Amy Lee) get laughs from hard times.