Interviews

Fringe Interview Quickies – Helen Duff

Interviewed by: Freya Hall


We shot some questions off to comedian, all round cool chick, and Perth Fringe Festival newbie Helen Duff. You can catch Duff performing Smasher at the Perth Cultural Centre, 15th-21st February at 10pm and Vanity Bites Back at the Noodle Palace at Central 10th-13th + 17th-20th @ 6.10pm.

Is this your first time at Fringe?

It is indeed and I’m buzzing like a child full of hot chocolate and lighter fuel on Christmas Eve. AKA the best kind of kiddie!

What is your act all about?

My show SMASHER is an idiot’s guide to becoming orgasmic. Dressed as a sperm and chatting up my audience from the off, I clown around in an effort to achieve ultimate pleasure for all and to shake off the seriousness that can surround sex.

I’m also performing my Fringe First nominated debut VANITY BITES BACK – an award winning comedy cookery show about searching for self worth in a cheesecake that’s toured the UK and Australia to ***** critical acclaim.

What acts do you want to see most at this year’s festival?

“Penny Greenhalgh: PIRANHA BANANA: LLAMARAMA”. Her debut solo hour was an award winning smash hit for very good reason and this follow up promises to push the boundaries of audience participation even further. Gutted I’m going to miss “Tessa Waters Over Promises” as I get into town two days after it finishes. If Tess’ last show WOMANZ is anything to go by, this show will be an absolute cracker of physical comedy and superb clowning.

What do you think of Perth?

So far, it’s an undiscovered treasure trove. I heard hella good things from my clowning compadres Trgyve Warkenshaw and Dr Brown when I toured my debut solo show, Vanity Bites Back, at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year. Word on the Festival circuit was: Perth’s got the most ‘up for it’ audiences around.

And finally, why should people come and see your show?

According to some very kind papers in the UK, award-winning Duff (that’s me, not a beer in the Simpsons!) makes work that is “fresh, quick witted and supremely empowered”. Offering explosive insights into areas of women’s experience that many daren’t mention, Duff (still me!) employs “laughter to create something far deeper” (**** The Scotsman).

In essence, I expose my deepest secrets in the silliest way I can imagine and hope to allow my audience a new found sense of freedom in how they have fun.