Lesley’s always battled the muffin top but she has bigger problems: kids have left home so what’s she going to do now? In How I Lost One Pound, The Musical, Lesley searches to find happiness, to realize her purpose in life and maybe lose a pound.
Tell us about the show.
How I Lost One Pound, The Musical is not really a musical, it’s musical-ish. But there’s singing and dancing and loads of fun, laughs and audience participation.
This is a one woman comedy show about me: an abandoned mom and lost soul who has spent my life always wanting to be a triple threat comedian but trying to shed the “baby fat” since I had my children over 20 years ago. I constantly take one step forward, two steps back and have been putting my life on hold until I “lose weight” like as soon as I lose weight: I’m going to buy new clothes, apply for this job, get a talent agent and go to auditions, perform stand-up comedy. But now I have even bigger problems. I’m 52 years old, my kids have left home so I’m trying to figure out what to do with my life now.
How I Lost One Pound, The Musical follows my quest in this dizzying and self-absorbed world to realize my purpose in life and maybe even lose a pound or two. I created this show to share my imperfections, my struggles with losing weight, figuring out who I am and my path to realizing my dreams. I want the audience to leave knowing that you’re never too old to find your vocation and no matter how much you weigh.
And by the way, you burn 140 calories just sitting and watching my show for one hour so you could lose one and a half pounds by coming to see all my 39 shows! You’re welcome!
Why should someone come see your show?
My show is fun, touching and inspiring to accept yourself and your body and tune out societal expectations and go after your dreams no matter how old you are. 52 is the new 52.
If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
My show’s superhero is Superone (yes, I made that up). SuperOne has the following special powers: they are willing to sacrifice for their friends and family; they help strangers; they spread love; give hugs; recycle; reduce; re-use; recover; and compost; they write letters to corporations & governments to do the same so we can clean the ocean, help the bees and protect the environment; they live in the moment; have intuition and can read minds; they are kind and thoughtful; they laugh and make you laugh and have fun!
If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe this year, besides your own, what show would that be?
I really want to see Executing Justice which I heard is very powerful and amazing acting and an interesting story. I recently met Bill Pats in Ottawa and want to support him.
#FringeDuJour is a daily peek at some of the shows coming to this year’s Vancouver Fringe Festival. We’ve asked Fringe artists to answer a few questions to entice you to see what they have to offer and to help cross-pollinate the Fringe.
The 2017 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 7-17 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.