The Return of the Jay Du Temple | Make peace with love and yourself

Find something real, not funny. By making this sentence his motto Jay Du Temple is currently building his second show, in a sometimes radically intimate tone, which he will air for 11 nights at Zoofest.

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Dominic Late

Dominic Late
The Press

Saturday July 2. Under the spotlights of the MainLine Theater, a one-hundred-seat hall on Saint-Laurent Boulevard in Montreal, Jay Du Temple wore black from head to toe and sported a an Anthony Kiedis mustache. On the microphone, the comedian is more composed than the simian singer of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

“My dress was always very light on stage, because I was moving around,” explained the 30-year-old actress, whom she met at a downtown cafe a few days later.

When I started playing again at the beginning of the year, I wore a hoodie all the time, and the goal was not to have to take it off, so as not to get hot. My goal is to say the same on stage as in life, to be relaxed.

Jay Du Temple

Find something real, not something ridiculous, a friend, actor Guillaume Girard, told him one day. “And I didn’t get that out of my head,” said the man presenting his second show, which still doesn’t have a title, in just a few weeks.

Jay Du Temple speaks less, of course, of the silly fact of the anecdote that actually happened than the truth of the heart and stomach. “It is reasonable that the conversations I have in life, with my friends, I take them to the stage, which I write from what is most in me.»

Avoid mustard

What lives in the Jay Du Temple? In this new time of material, which marks his return to the boards since the end of his tour do well at the Bell Center in January 2020, the young man examined from all angles the pitfalls encountered in his most recent romantic relationships, to conclude that the problem was largely due to his constant fear which is not pleasant.

Without turning or escaping, the comedian digs deeper into himself and is less to be found, in the end, in male-female relationships than in this long and endless process that involves making peace with love, but also peace. parental inheritance as well as initial injuries.

Nested proposal? No. But, it is clear, the hostDouble work He would have written a different kind of show, less ambitious, if he had just tried to show his popularity on TV in his ticket sales, anywhere in the province. Thus he very well marries this tendency, crossing the medium of Anglo-Saxon humor, to find his raw material up close.


PHOTOGRAPH OF SARAH MONGEAU-BIRKETT, THE PRESS

Jay Du Temple, at the MainLine Theater

Trying out raw versions of this long story causes even a few moments of turmoil on various nights of humor, while the author is still trying to calibrate his tone. “There are people in Verdun who know a lot about me,” he said, exaggerating a little, this second lap without a hitch that could shake the web’s gossip.

In addition to some kind -hearted appointments of her love of nail polish and the doubts that her heterosexuality can sometimes provoke, it’s with Nicole and Yvan’s son, and not in public, that this show allows us access , but with happy consequences a Bring so declared to be a portal to a kind of universality.

“I may have judged myself, but I’ve long felt that the people I looked at didn’t like my material. And there, I found myself taking a step in their direction,” he said. , being very careful to determine, for fear of appearing to pretend (one of his obsessions), that he would not compare himself to them.

The comedians who inspired Jay? He awakens Jerrod Carmichael, whose latest scene in the film, the powerful Rothaniel, given in a sitting position, in a tone worthy of a candle trust. Garry Shandling, the later legend of American comedy, was discovered by Quebeckers thanks to Judd Apatow’s documentary, and for whom humor is a form of spiritual quest. Mike Birbiglia, who put together the poem in a podcast like This American Life of stage proficiency that attests to many years of improvisation.

Humor, which underlines Jay Du Temple, is one of the most unique art forms, if not the only one, in which the public is involved in the birth of a work, in which creators submit their pieces to monologues piece by piece on the reality test. An important process, but not always good advice, he observed.

“I don’t want to be the one to say if the audience doesn’t laugh, that’s okay, but it’s easy to go to the opposite tangent by putting a lot of mustard where the laughter is. The reflex at work is to add more. jokes, but I always try to go back to what I said.Mike Birbiglia could end a little explosively with a ridiculous sentence, marking a time in history, and as a spectator , I am not tired. On the contrary, it makes me more involved. »

Considered an artist

Jay Du Temple clearly follows the path of Louis-José Houde, allowing his own extracurricular activities (movies, television), but for whom the stage space is the unbreakable void of the absence of compromise.

“I have to push myself to be creative, and the stand-up is where that happens. But if people ask me: did you do this show in reaction to OD ? the answer is no. We are all multiple ”, asked one who has so far had difficulty accepting the word artist.

In the past, I didn’t seem to feel like it. It wasn’t long before I assumed the fact that what I loved was having a good idea. At one point, I realized I was so scared that my head looked like it was swollen.

Jay Du Temple

“I don’t want to underestimate the work I do OD, but very relaxed, he continued. There was a team around me dressing me up, they wrote me lines. Very fun but very comfortable. »

And comfort, in Jay’s mind, is the enemy of pleasure, which often arises after adversity, large or small, worldly or existential. He remembers the joy that struck his friend Guillaume, on a unique occasion.

“When I bought my house, I had a lot of renovations to do and a lot of things didn’t work out. I was a little shocked, and Guillaume was overjoyed. He said to me: “Good thing it happens to you, you’ll stay funny.” »

“Just Garry. Garry Shandling lays out his fertile notebooks in these three words, reminding him that no fulfillment is possible other than contemplating one’s perfect identity. This is the beautiful and huge task that Jay Du Temple is facing. “It helped me so much to repeat that to myself, to tell myself that I could do it myself.»

July 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 24, 25, 26 and 28 at the Monument-National Balustrade.

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