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My Grandmother’s Eyepatch

Julia VanderVeen

Theater, Comedy & Improv, Immersive/Interactive Experience, Storytelling


What happens when an idiot leads a memorial service for a long-deceased family member? In this off-the-wall-comedy, comedian and improviser Julia VanderVeen leads the audience through wild stages of grief as she attempts to honor her beloved Grandmother. At this particular memorial service, what can go wrong, does, and ends up revealing VanderVeen's deep humanity.

The Orlando Weekley said, "The world's worst eulogy becomes a masterclass in cringe comedy in VanderVeen's tour de force...her live-action Muppet Show meets Carol Burnett-esque embrace of absurdity...[it] made me laugh harder than any other Fringe show this year." 

"Best Solo Show-Comedy" Orlando Fringe "Best of the Fest" Orlando Sentinel "Best Solo Clown Show" Frigid NYC 

Cannonball, produced by Almanac Dance Circus Theatre, is the first and largest independent festival hub of the Philadelphia Fringe that presents risk-taking independent artists in back-to-back performances next to delicious lounge spaces, fostering creative collisions and community conversation.

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Run Time: 60 mins
Ticket Price: $25
Venue: Fidget Space Dates: September 5, 2023 - September 12, 2023

September 5, 2023 5.00pm

1714 N Mascher St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 11, 2023 6.30pm

1714 N Mascher St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

September 12, 2023 6.30pm

1714 N Mascher St

General Admission: $25

PWYC Options

About the Artist

Julia VanderVeen (she/her) is a NYC based actor, clown and “a genius, ” as her mother said she might have heard an audience member say once. Her solo show, My Grandmother’s Eyepatch, Directed by world-renown clown teacher Aitor Basauri, and then later by Isaac Kessler, has toured nationally and internationally to great acclaim. Julia also teaches clown, in very exciting locations such as Goshen, Indiana! She lives with her husband, her two cats, and her ambitious plant collection.

  • Julia VanderVeenActor
  • Hans MeyerStage Manager
  • Isaac KesslerDirector

Accessibility & Content Considerations

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This event is appropriate for ages 13+

Adult Language

Strobe/Flashing Lights

Audience Interaction

Covid-19 Safety policy

Masks are required during this event


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