“New Zealand’s beloved sissy Chris Parker (as seen in Netflix’s The Breaker Upperers) is mincing his way over to Edinburgh with his award-winning Camp Binch. Winner of Best Show at NZ International Comedy Fest 2018, Camp Binch delivers a hilarious and cathartic retelling of growing up gay in conservative New Zealand.”
Chris Parker answered a few questions about himself and his show as part of a series of Ed Fringe Q and As we are running this year. Questions by Amie Taylor.
AT: Tell us a little about you as an artist and how you came to do what you do…
CP: My name is Chris Parker, Im an actor, writer, comedian in New Zealand. Basically I was a born show off, it was a real problem for my family until they decided to enrol me into ballet classes. That lead into acting, which lead into drama school. Then out of a necessity to perform I started comedy, because there were more opportunities. Now I show off for a living.
AT: Tell us about your show, what is it about…
CP: Camp Binch documents my experience trying to fit in with all the boys at school and exposing more truthful aspects of myself in the process. It’s about not fitting in with your surroundings. I’ve given up trying to blend in, so I promise it’s not a show about how to stay in the closet. God, imagine if my show was 10 hot tips for staying in closet for the rest of your life.
AT: What inspired it?
CP: I went back to my old high school to give a speech to the students and was shocked at the school lack of care and support for their LGBTQ+ students. That started a 36 page email thread with their current headmaster and then the writing of this comedy show.
AT: What do you hope people will take away from watching?
CP: Well ideally people come and make their own minds about what they take away from it. There is some what of a small empowering message hidden in there. But I also hope the audience take away that I’m good at comedy.
AT: Describe the show in 6 words…
CP: Big Laughs Big Feels Big Hands
AT: How are you feeling about embarking upon the Edinburgh Fringe? What are you hoping for?
CP: That question always freaks me out, like I should have some grand master plan! I’m hoping to share my story, share my comedy, have a great time and ideally perform to a minimum of 3 people a night. IS THAT SO MUCH TO ASK FOR!
Camp Binch runs at Assembly George Square Studios (V17) until 25th Aug at 18:50. Book now.