If you are waking up in cold sweat about the lack of comedy this summer with most of London’s comedy population heading up to Scotland, you’ll be relieved to hear the Camden Fringe has got you covered.
Established in 2006 the Camden Fringe gives performers an alternative to the expense of heading to Edinburgh and chance to craft shows without the chaos the month long festival.
So here’s a few selected highlights from this years programme to get your fix…
The double Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner presents a short run of work in progress shows. John has taken a break from Edinburgh since scoping the main prize in 2014 to focus on starring in BBC’s Top Coppers and writing his own series for BBC Radio 4. He’s most definitely one of the finest live comics we have seen and it will be fascinating to see whats next for him.
9-14 Aug, 7:45pm, £5, Aces & Eights
The deadpan Norwegian took the fringe by storm in 2012, scooping the Best Newcomer award with his show “Champions”. Since he has produced his own blaps for channel 4, starred in Vic & Bob’s House of Fools and now resides to U.S of A. So he’s been a busy guy as you can see, so take this opportunity to catch him now.
15-28 Aug, 7:45pm, £8-10, Aces & Eights
Undoubted highlight of the fringe last year was LetLuce’s wonderfully daft, silly and nautical show “A Naval Tale”. Although there is no new LetLuce show this year we can look forward to knockabout work in progress shows from Lucy Pearman (Edinburgh) & Letty Butler (Camden). You may have caught Letty most recently as the object of affection for David Brent.
1-7 Aug, 6:30pm, £5, Aces & Eights
Kat Bond and Gabby Best
An excellent double bill of two brilliant character comics. Gabby Best’s demented lifestyle Guru to the stars Marijana a lovely slice of nonsense pie. Kat Bond is one half of acclaimed sketch duo That pair and recently starred as Hermione in Weirdos Comedy’s most recent Harry Potter spoof.
14-18 Aug, 8:00pm, £5, Camden Comedy Club
Luke may be the most exciting live act currently on the circuit. His unpredictable shows have a habit of spiraling into organised chaos. McQueen promises to broaden his appeal this year and guarantees at least one laugh from every member of the audience, we are pretty certain we’ll be laughing more than that.
8-13 Aug, 9:00pm, £5, Aces & Eights
Eleanor Tiernan & Chris Kent
A double bill of two of Ireland’s fastest rising comics. Eleanor Tiernan comes with the Stewart Lee stamp of approval having appeared on Comedy Central’s Alternative Comedy Experience and Chris has recently popped up on Russell Howard’s Standup Central.
22- 25 Aug, 6:30pm, £5, Camden Comedy Club
Delightfully surreal and silly, Andrew O’Neill is always one of the most interesting acts on the circuit. What will “Trapped down a well” contain? We are not sure, but we hope it’s a cross between R. Kelly’s Trapped in the Closet and that spooky kid in a well from The Ring.
1-7 Aug, 9:00pm, £8-10, Aces & Eights
A man of many talents Dave Hill is author of two books, front-man for a hot rock band and a pretty damn fine comedian. A relaxed and comfortable presence on stage he’s engaging company to be with. His last London show (New York City via Cockfosters) received praise from Chortle and Londonist among others.
1-7 Aug, 7:45pm, £10-12, Aces & Eights