Jess Fuchs loves making people laugh. She uses her personal experiences and memories, combined with hypotheticals conjured up in her mind in all her shows with the simple aim to entertain people. She’s never afraid to poke fun at herself. Or those around her.
And while she has worked at comedy festivals in Australia and worked around the world, her upcoming intimate show in Melbourne is a special one.
“In a more intimate room the energy is palpable and electric. With only 50 seats, it’s basically a big Shabbat dinner,” Fuchs told The AJN. “A little crowd work, sprinkle in some relatable material, and boom, we’re all on the same wavelength.”
For Fuchs, it’s live theatre and she loves nothing more than bringing the crowd into the show, which, she said, is much easier in a more intimate setting.
“A smaller show is so much fun because you can pivot and throw in an unexpected joke or anecdote in response to the crowd’s energy or an audience’s response. You’re really experiencing live theatre which is fun for both the comedian and the crowd.”
Fuchs explained the show as “pure laughs”, saying there’s no big message around it or lesson to take away, like there have been in previous shows. She’s sharing some “outrageous stories and playful observations” and really, she just wants to make peoples’ faces hurt from laughing so hard.
It’s an easy feat for a comedian like Fuchs because she’s truly hilarious. You just need to watch a few of her TikTok videos to see how relatable and funny she is, and how well she works the crowd into all her sets.
Last year, Fuchs did a show at the Melbourne Comedy Festival to rave reviews. This is her first show in Melbourne since then.
“I’ll be doing plenty of crowd work,” she said. “I’ll share some longer stories that were part of my recent Sydney Comedy Festival show, like how I broke my coccyx on the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. It is simply a fun, raucous night out.”
For the comedian, live work is truly exhilarating.
“I can tailor each show to a specific audience, which makes the evening so exciting. I love performing live because shows are like a time capsule, or a snapshot of who I am on the day – with specific stories, anecdotes or jokes being a reflection of what’s on my mind, what I know, what I’ve been through,” she shared. “Comedy, especially stand up, is so versatile, which makes performing so delicious.”
It’s the first time the comedian is self-producing a show which is described as “exhilarating, lightning fast, boisterous and pure chaos”.
She said you may even see her at the door checking tickets.
“It’s a real grassroots, boots-on-the-ground kind of evening,” she laughed, which makes the evening even more ‘real’.
Jess has more than 77,000 followers on TikTok, where she shares a lot of her on-stage antics as well as lots more, and be assured that when you go down a Jess Fuchs TikTok and Instagram rabbit hole, you’ll be howling with laughter the whole time.
And that’s the kind of energy she brings to all her shows.
“Comedy can be groundbreaking and revolutionary, but it can also be joyous and pure chaotic fun, and that’s the energy I’m bringing to Melbourne.”
To book tickets for One Night Only, visit eventbrite.com/e/one-night-only-jess-fuchs-in-melbourne-tickets-609055881537. Follow Jess on TikTok @jessfuchs