It is festival season and last month we were going Excited for Edinburgh Fringe and this month we are going Crazy for Camden Fringe! This month we are talking to acts performing at the festival so you have a strong idea as to what is happening this month in London. Today we talk to a comedian who is not stranger to Fringe and is bringing his latest show Punch Up to Camden this year. I spoke to Matt Green to find out more.

matt greenName Of Show: Matt Green: Punch Up

Time: 8pm

Date: August 7th – 11th

Location: Camden Comedy Club


Hello! Tell us about yourself Matt?

I’m a comedian, actor and writer living in London. I’ve been doing stand up for nearly fifteen years now and this is I think my tenth solo show.

 

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?

 

It comes from a couple of stories that I tell in the show. I was punched in the face in a mugging near my house early this year, and also got involved in a viral tweetstorm about Brexit – so the ideas of being punched and punching up seemed to fit quite nicely into my title!

Tell us a little bit about your style of stand up comedy?

 

I mostly tell stories from my life mixed in with some observational and topical comedy, with just a dash of audience interaction.

 

What will your set be about?

 

It’s about being punched in the face and going viral, plus jokes and stories about all the madness that’s going on, both globally (Trump!) and personally (FitBit!)

 

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

I’ve worked with Rhys James, Marlon Davis and Caroline Mabey recently and they’re all doing great work – I’m sure their shows will be worth catching.

 

What have been some of your favourite shows to date at the Camden Fringe and why?

 

Last year’s show was very special for me: I sold out and added extra dates and the audiences were brilliant.

 

Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment  but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in comedy and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch comedy?

In terms of stand up I’m a bit of a purist – I like the simplicity of just one person and a microphone. I’ve seen some great audio-visual comedy from performers in the past, particularly people like Dave Gorman, Claudia O’Doherty and Mat Ewins, but there’s something very powerful about the stand up that I hope will endure.

 

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy sets you have seen this year and why?
I really enjoyed Jordan Brookes’ show in Edinburgh last year. Very innovative and creative: I never quite knew what he was going to do next, which is always exhilarating. And of course Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette was superb. I was lucky enough to see her in Edinburgh in a small room, and the atmosphere was unforgettable.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
I’m at @mattgreencomedy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

 

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

It’s really funny

CAMDEN FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND

 

Best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
Lovely London audiences, plus I get to sleep in my own bed after every show.
What are your pre show rituals?
A few deep breaths and a big wee

 

What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?

Just go for it! It’s a really fun alternative to Edinburgh.

 

What are the best venue’s at the fringe?

 

Well, I really like the Camden Comedy Club (which is where I’m performing), but the Etcetera and Hen and Chickens are also close to my heart – I did some of my first shows there many years ago, plus I’ve seen some excellent people perform there (including a young Daniel Kitson…)

 

What are your three favourite things about Camden?

The market, The canal, my flat