INTERVIEW – Meet The Scribbling Ape 

Welcome to the month of August, the month where a lot of comedy is happening all around the UK and we have a fun and exclusive access to a sketch groups run at the Camden Fringe. Meet The Scribbling Ape, a sketch group from Bristol that are about to take over The Phoenix this month! So lets start by meeting the guys behind the sketch group!

Camden Fringe

Location: The Canal Cafe Theatre.

Dates: 24th-27th of August 

Time: 7.30pm 

Price: £8 and £6 concessions. (There will be free foot rubs for anyone called Nico)

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Hey guys tell us about Scribbling Ape! Who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?

Z: Well, The Scribbling Ape was founded this year by…

T: Troy Hewitt.

Z: and me.

T: Ziggy Ross was also involved yes.

Z: We wanted to write comedy that would change the world, and end global poverty, but that proved a little tricky.

T: So we set our sights on the Camden Fringe

Z: We knew we’d need an additional actor, ideally a woman; then we found Ant…

T: he was sleeping outside a local leisure centre

Z: …and we thought he’d be perfect.

A: These guys saved my life man, literally, it was either prison or The Scribbling Ape

T: And prison was full darling.

Ape: They’re a great bunch of…

A: Shut it.
How did you come up with the name The Scribbling Ape?

T: The ape came to me in a dream…

Z: It’s a manifestation of our collective creative consciousness

T: …with a list of commandments etched into a petrified banana peel, then I told the boys.

Z: Course you did mate.

A: Wait… is that what we’re called?

Ape: Other options included the Jiffy Bag Conquerors and Snog the Pirate
Tell us all about the show that you are bringing to the Camden Fringe – The Meat Within?
Z: The show is best described as the space between Dr Seuss and A Clockwork Orange.

T: Well, we don’t know if it is best described as that…

Z: But it is what we are running with at the moment.

T: Yes.

Z: what is the show about then, Troy

T: Excuse me, I know what the show is about.

Z: But do you though?


A: We join ‘legendary’ TV presenter Pat Mothra, Blackpools sexiest man (nominee), 1997 As he force feeds his audience a boutique omelette of light entertainment.

Z: I don’t know if I would describe it as light, it is pretty f**king heavy.

T: Yeah It is basically the biggest comedy sensation since the whoopee cushion.

A: Along the way you will meet a host of loveable characters including, Chudd Mcaha, funniest man in the universe. Eastern Bloc Euro Pop Sensation Kim Kourgette and…Tracey.

Ape: It combines manic sketch comedy with long form narrative to create a raging of blancmange of comic absurdity. Expect well crafted performances, the occasional song and larger snortingly wonderful wordplay.

Z: – dripping in silliness and gallows humour.


What sort of comedy do you guys perform? What can the audience expect from your sketches?

A: Hang on, is this a comedy?
This is your First Camden Fringe! How are you guys feeling?

Ape: Numb from the waist down.
What have been the highlights of the shows you have performed previously?

Z: Troy interrupting my moment of suspension and completely destroying its function, along with my soul.

T: Yeah, Probably the time I rescued Ziggy from an uncomfortable silence with an impromptu display of comic mastery… or power.

Z: It was supposed to be uncomfortable.

A: ...power, I’d say comic power,

(uncomfortable silence)
What sketch groups do you find inspiring and why?

Z: League of Gentleman, Cardinal burns, Spike Milligan, Monty Python (obviously), and also the Young Ones, Bottom, and the Mighty Boosh in a less sketchy sense.

Who else are you looking forward to seeing at The Camden Fringe and Why?

T: Our audience members

A: Because without them, we’d just be three grown men in an empty room screaming at the walls…

Z: …wearing dresses

Ape: Also, Dave & Emmanuel, and the Tobylikesmilk production ‘Gone off’.

And Finally – in three words, why should people come and see you at the Camden Fringe

We’ll give you four

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If you want to find out more about The Scribbling Ape like them on Facebook  follow them on Instagram @scribblingapecomedy or on Twitter @scribblingapes



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