The world’s financial crisis may not be a laughing matter. Two actors from Canada beg to differ. Ravi Jain, who co-wrote and stars in Spent, tells us a little bit more.

Tell us a little bit about your show – where’s it happening, what’s it about, why should people come to see it?

Spent is playing at the Pleasance 10 Dome.  It’s a two person comedy about the greed that caused the economic crisis. Two actors impersonate and mock over 30 characters from the financial world as well as us normal people who lost everything. People should come because it is a lot of fun and there is no better way to get back at those bankers than by laughing at them and making fun of them.

The show won the Toronto Theatre Award for Best Acting…so it’s gotta be good right??

What are you expecting from the Edinburgh Fringe?

Edinburgh Fringe brings the best of the best each year.  We’re really excited to be going for the first time and share our work with people from around the world.  Right now our moms think we are really funny.
We’re hoping that other people will find us funny too!

What’s been your best experience performing the show so far?

In the Lobby, after one performance in Toronto, on a night where the audience was laughing a lot harder than usual, it turned out there was this large group of tourists from Detroit, Michigan. Their families and many of their friends had been hard hit by the recession. They really enjoyed the show and we had drinks and they shared stories of people who had to leave their homes, who lost their jobs. That night was incredible and reminded us of the severity and reality of the impact of the crisis. They said it had been a long time that since they were able to laugh about their situation.

If money was no object, what publicity stunt would you do to promote your show?

We would offer a promotion that if you saw the show, we would erase and pay for all of your credit card debt. It would be the ultimate Bailout!  Do you have any debts from University? Expensive travels? Owe money to a pimp? Or have to settle that mortgage?  Not to worry, buy a ticket to SPENT and all those troubles are over.  1 ticket equals total 100% debt obliteration.

Who else are you planning or hoping to see?

Really want to see William Wallace, I hear he’s from Scotland.

What do you have planned for after the Fringe?

I’m off to London and Adam is off to Paris. We’re hoping to get a little rest after the Edinburgh grind.

Sum up your show in three words for us

Fast. Funny. Freakn’hilarious.

Spent runs from 3-29 Aug (not 17 & 23) at the Pleasance Dome at 14:55. More details are on the Fringe website

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