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Except Wintour speaks the word wish, then withdraws. “That’s not the right word. I didn’t want to perform. I’ve always felt a need [elle appuie sur besoin] express myself in the dimension of performance. But I ignored this need for a long time for several reasons, until I got to the point where it was no longer possible. ”
On the terrace of a café in Verdun, her neighborhood for two years, the comedian talks with the confidence of someone who has often been asked to tell the long road that has brought her to herself. However, in her voice there remains a hint not of vulnerability, but of intense emotion. Tranna has told her story dozens of times, but this story is too important for her to tell while a tape unfolds.
“The biggest of these reasons was the lack of trust due to years of bullying. To try to survive [à l’école primaire et secondaire], I had to try to make myself invisible, which is the opposite of being an artist. But I knew it wasn’t me, the problem, that it was the others, ”she observes.
I felt that I was surrounded by idiots and that I had to protect myself, but I could imagine that one day I would have my moment. I was waiting.
Caught in the limbo of exclusion, under the blow of the mockery of her tormentors, Tranna still manages, she confides, not to transform the wickedness of which she was a victim into self-hatred. However, she grew up at a time when the vocabulary that would allow her to name and understand her transience did not reach the bourgeois houses of Pierrefonds, where she lived her youth with a loving mother, Mona, and a younger sister. .
Who do you attribute this healthy protective reflex to? To icons like Cher and Madonna, who have always been friends of queer communities, who have given her the belief that there was a place for her somewhere.
The affirmation of her identity as a woman, in her early twenties, will soon lead to her first comic attempts, inspired by the discovery of American comedians Margaret Cho and Sandra Bernhard. In 2013, she invited a handful of spectators to her friend’s apartment, to which she gave a one-hour solo show.
This first performance of the show remains, to this day, a transformative experience – “I’ve never been so stressed out in my life” – from which it will emerge with the beginning of a faith in one’s means. She turned to the British comedy club circuit, before creating themed shows with his friend Thomas Leblanc (of whom Santa Celinaon Céline Dion, at the Zoofest), with whom he co-pilots the fascinating podcast Chosen family.
I think not having this full understanding of my identity prevented me from achieving the level of confidence I needed to start my artistic career. In my childhood, my creativity was like a sign of femininity, and it was because of my femininity that I was a target. This is why these two things are linked. I had hidden my femininity and my creativity.
Except Wintour no longer lives in secret. At all. On the sidewalk adjacent to the terrace, a young woman suddenly stops and floods the comedian, mingling with her apology and forgetting to breathe, a torrent of compliments. “My wife is a huge fan, she tells him in English. Sorry to bother you, but my wife will be so jealous of me! Can we take a picture? She was so proud of you for Big Brother. ”
In July 2021, Tranna Wintour proclaimed on the stage of the Rita Baga and Jean-Thomas Jobin Just for Laughs gala her ambition to become a star of Quebec, among the French speakers. The insularity of our star system has long fascinated this Anglophone, a fervent admirer of Mitsou, who spent many hours in front of MusiquePlus and who speaks excellent French. “The last step in this plan was to participate Big Brother. “ Pay attention to what you dream, even jokingly: a few weeks later, the reality crew gave him the pass.
Despite his many apprehensions, this first intense experience with cameras was basically enjoyable and, above all, beneficial to his fame. Without going into the house with the mission of doing useful work, Tranna will necessarily have contributed – this is the power of television – to normalize transience. He hopes that this part of who is will be less and less at the center of the interviews he gives. “It’s not that interesting, honestly,” she says, while urging caution.
It would be a mistake, in her opinion, to consider the transphobic acts of Ricky Gervais or Dave Chappelle as so many micro-phenomena, rather than as the manifestation of a certain air of time, strongly flawed. “Let’s see how different states in the United States are trying to nullify trans rights, women’s rights. We are living in a very scary anti-woman time. ”
In an issue presented last summer during the OFF-JFL, Tranna ironically thanked those well-meaning cisgender women who constantly compliment her – in the supermarket, in bars, on the street – for her courage. It’s because she Tranna doesn’t think she’s brave.
If I say I’m brave, it’s like admitting that I should be afraid. And then transphobic, homophobic, racist, misogynist, they don’t scare me. They just make me angry. What a shit existence this life of hate is!
Its existence is the opposite of shit. As proof: Wednesday will host his first gala at Dr. Mobilo Aquafest, during which he will receive in particular one of his idols, Patsy Gallant. Tranna will also participate in the Eddy King and Richardson Zéphir gala a Just for Laughs, a Just for Laughs gala, the Festival d’humor emergent en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and the ComediHa! Fest-Quebec. She is seen one day holding the reins of her talk show.
“There is a long list of reasons why I might continue to be afraid, but that’s not an option for me. Life is too short.”
Gala Except Wintour, June 22 at Club Soda, as part of Dr. Mobilo Aquafest