In Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy, Mark Hughes shines a light on the path from his dark and grim past of street life, addiction, and prison to the introspective and playful present of stand up comedy.
Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy
Studio 16, 1555 West 7th Avenue
1. Tell us about your show.
Tragedy + Time Served = Comedy is (part of) my life story. I’m a recovering drug addict and I served a bunch of time in prison due to crimes committed to support my habit starting from a young age. In the show I talk about how I ended up there, why, and why I actually felt at home on the streets and in prison despite coming from a seemingly “normal” family. Oh and because I ended up doing stand up comedy later on, I tell this story in a funny (I hope) way.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
I talk about heavy and dark social issues like addiction, mental health, abuse, crime, etc. in a unique, unapologetic, and irreverent way. My life is definitely not the norm, and I can see the humor in all of it now, so even people who can’t relate to any of that stuff will too; I take the piss out of a lot of it, and if you can’t laugh at it, you’ll at least cry. There may or not be a bank robbery story too.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
My show would be Ghost Rider. Ghost Rider has always resonated with me because he isn’t a hero but he does good things, and his human form is just regular person who had this thrust upon him. He is not perfect because even though he does serve humanity, there is an almost equal inhumanity there, which I think makes him even MORE human. Also, his head is on fire.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
Pajama Men: Pterodactyl Nights because they are one of the funniest shows I have ever seen in my life – like literal laugh out loud funny – and I don’t laugh very easily.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.