Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Clown Fest Interview - James and JF of Channel One

By Byrne Harrison
Photo by Matthew Gribbon
Design by James & JF

Name: James and JF (Emily James and Ishah Janssen-Faith)
Show: Channel One
Relationship to show: Creators / Performers

Tell me a little bit about your show.

It's the future. There are only two people left and they're bored with themselves. They happen upon a group of people from the past. Then they discover that these people like TV, so they do TV for them.

What inspired you to create it?

We created a bunch of characters based on ourselves and people around us, and when we looked at them all together, we noticed they were a little off-center. Until we took a closer look and realized they were simply ahead of their time. So we set the show in the future.

What is your clowning background?

We have both studied with Mick Barnfather (Ishah has studied with him more though), Philippe Gaulier (Ishah has studied with him more, too - she went to Ecole Philippe Gaulier for two years), Kendall Cornell (same amount), and Emily took a workshop with Avner the Eccentric in college and her Aunt Peggy was his high school chemistry teacher. Also, Emily's birthday is April Fools Day.

What would you tell someone who is afraid of clowns to get them to come to your show?

Taking risks opens the door for great things to happen. Like falling in love, for instance.

What is next for you after the New York Clown Theatre Festival?

Saturday Night Live.

James and JF
New York, NY

NY Clown Theatre Festival
The Brick Theatre
575 Metropolitan Ave.

Sunday, September 19th @ 8pm
Wednesday, September 22nd @ 9pm
Thursday, September 23rd @ 7pm

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