As America slips into fascism, Jena Friedman celebrates free speech while she still has it, in this unapologetic political hour of comedy. Miscarriage of Justice is the US comic’s long-awaited show at the Fringe after her critically-acclaimed 2015 hit American C*nt. Jena spoke with The Fountain about this years show as well as her plans for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
So exciting, I am very much excited to be escaping the rise of fascism in America, I mean performing in Edinburgh this August. Fringe audiences are some of the best in the world.
TF: Miscarriage of Justice certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s an hour of comedy about the past two years under Trump. It’s a little personal and a little political and hopefully funny.
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
The last time I was over for the Fringe Festival was in 2015, with my show American C*nt. A lot has changed since then and it felt like a good time to come back and talk about that. Most of my influences for this current show come from the U.S. news media and from my personal experience of living in Trump’s America. I’ve also been reading more historical non-fiction and cultural criticism to better understand this current moment, like How Democracies Die, by Daniel Ziblatt and Steven Levitsky, and the series of essays Dead Girls, by Alice Bolin.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe, having been before are there any tips or musts you would offer to first-time performers? Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Last time I was here, I was only able to do a two week run of the show because it was just as I was coming off of my job at The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, so this is the first time I’ll be doing the full month. Last time I was here I got a sore throat after a week, so this time I’ll be bringing cough drops and my own mic. And there are tons of great comics whose shows I can’t wait to check out like Desiree Birch, Tiffany Stevenson, Alison Spittle and Jamali Maddix to name a few.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond Miscarriage of Justice?
Praying the 2020 election doesn’t end up like 2016.
You can see Jena Friedman: Miscarriage of Justice at Assembly George Square Studios from 31st July – 25th August (not 12th) at 21:20. For tickets, please visit https://tickets.edfringe.com