Artist Spotlight: Jaye Lee Vocque

Parental Advisory: Explicit Content

Who are you and what do you do?

Jaye Lee Vocque, Storyteller.

Why does it matter?

My mother taught me that everybody has a story and instead of finding the differences in people, listen to their story and see the similarities.

When did you realize performing was what you wanted to do?

Ten and a half seconds after I heard applause for the first time. I knew this was all I could do.

Do you remember what it was like in the beginning?

Same as it is now. Nerve wrenching anxiety finished off with a mix of self-deprecation & ego and a sprinkle of insanity.

What is your dream performance?

I have been lucky enough that I have achieved my dream role of Jerry from Edward Albee’s THE ZOO STORY, my dream directing job P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD, and my mother’s dream for me, writing and performing my own one man show BASED ON ACTUAL EVENTS. Guess I need to make some new dreams.

Which living person do you most admire?

Politician, Activist, Actor, Comedian, Executive Transvestite EDDIE IZZARD. He proved you can write intelligent and hilarious material even with a learning disability. And then not taking fame for granted he saw what needed to be changed in his country and decided to take a stand to help make change.

Which living person do you most despise?

Racists, Homophobic, Misogynists who feel they are better than others just due to their religion, upbringing, money, or skin color.

What is the quality you most like in a person (man or woman)?

Sense of humor.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Making my mom laugh.

What is your favorite word?

Kumquat. It is equally dirty sounding while still being completely innocent.

What is your least favorite word?

Irk. It just irritates me.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually, or emotionally?

Seeing people happy.

What turns you off?


What is your favorite curse word?

When I was a kid, we would string curse words together to make new long words. I’m sure a lot of kids did this. But I remember getting my mouth washed out for BUTTFUCKSONOFABITCHASSHOLE

What sound or noise do you love?


What sound or noise do you hate?

Gunshots, revving engines, babies.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

Antarctic research assistant.

What profession would you not like to do?

Anything in the military. I do not do good at following orders without explanation.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?

Sorry I’m not real.


Jaye will perform his one man show “Based on Actual Events” at the Tucson Fringe Festival. You can find Jaye on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat, and XboxLive; @JayeOfManyHats. Visit his theatre company ULTRASUEDE PRODUCTIONS. Purchase tickets for “Based on Actual Events” at the Tucson Fringe Festival Online Store.

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