Premiering April 25-May 5, 2024
“As a fat person, I never thought of myself as “sexy.” Society never allowed me to. It just wasn’t in my cards. So I got funny.” – Cheyenne Rouleau
A mixture of stand up, storytelling, and fact-blasting, Fat Joke is a one person show which dissects the past, present, and future of fatphobia from both personal experience and researched data.
THINK: Hannah Gadsby meets Bo Burnham
Fatphobia is a highly underrepresented, un-talked about subject today. Sure, we all know it’s not nice to make fun of a person for their weight, but have you ever thought about why? And have you ever thought about how the reasons you are listing in your brain right now as are probably problematic, demeaning, and based in untruths?
Fat Joke by its nature is a very confronting show. Its content ranges from media misrepresentation to diet culture, from mental health to eating disorders, from medical bias to white supremacy, ableism, and income-disparity. It’s basically a bunch of stuff people don’t feel comfortable talking about, all weaved into a comedy show. It loops in the perspectives of many different people and gathers many unseen perspectives, truths, and narratives and delivers them in a unique and exciting way. It is as educational as it is fun.
Fat Joke will premiere in April 2024.
Created and Performed by Cheyenne Rouleau
Directed by Chelsea Haberlin
Dramaturgy by Jiv Parasram
Set Design by Jennifer Stewart
Sound Design by Mary Jane Coomber
Projection Design by Andie Lloyd
Costume Coordination by Jessie Jade Churchill
Stage Managed by Jasmin Sandhu
Community Development Consultant, Layla Cameron
Accessibility Consultant, Siobhan Barker
Created with support from the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival