Interview: Bruce Young
Bruce Young, a newcomer to comedy and the U.K., is acting and writing for Oxford Revue Presents: True Love and Other Nonsense. Auntie Audrey ran into Bruce on the street and asked him some questions about the upcoming show before eventually bringing him to the hospital to treat his injuries (he still hasn’t quite grasped the direction of traffic here). Here is what he had to say:
Q: Word on the street is that some of the sketches feature salad, analysis, anarchism, chickens, and even deodorant—are you sure this isn’t just nonsense?
A: Those are the love sketches.
Q: Would going to this make for a good Valentine’s date?
A: I would advise against it.
Q: Why make an entire show about true love and other nonsense?
A: That’s an excellent question! I’ve been eager to explain this. It all began thirty years ago. I had heard a local legend about an old mountain sage, well studied in Goethean science, who could reveal to those who made the trek to see him what it was that they truly loved. This seemed like nonsense, and I already knew what my true love was, but I simply could not pass up a chance to discuss Goethe’s thinking of Urphänomen. His service, however, came at a price: a pail of grapes of a special sort—plump enough to slake the deepest thirst, to make statues’ mouths water, to bring rain to the most arid land. They don’t make grapes like this anymore, so bear with me in imagining a grape greater than any you have ever seen if you were born after 1993. Go ahead—close your eyes and try to imagine it, an endless pleasure to the eyes, hefty in your palm, just short of being too pungent, a portal to an elysian taste-realm. Such were the grapes required by the old mountain sage. Now, these grapes should have been easy to find, but you have to remember that this was 1989. The FDA had just banned the import of grapes from Chile. Chilean grapes did, in fact, have cyanide in them, but this ban also marked the beginning of the end of the true grapes. Chile, of course, was at the tail end of its transition from the Pinochet regime to democratic government and 1989 presented some unique troubles—the impact of global economic pressures at the time, not to mention the imminent collapse of the Berlin Wall, have been thought by some to have played a role in this. Perhaps this shakeup somehow affected the Chilean grape production process. It’s hard to say. No doubt these global problems also affected grape production in other countries, but Chile is the clearest example. Anyway, decreased grape imports to the U.S. created a problem for me because the old mounta
Q: You don’t look well.
Q: Well, I’ll see you at the show!