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 interview a comedian who explores the world or online dating and sex, Ros Balinger.

Name Of Show: Better Than Dying Alone

Time: 9:30pm

Date: 7th – 11th August 

Location: Camden Comedy Club 


 

Hello! Tell us about yourself Ros?

I’m a stand-up comedian and performance poet based in Manchester and I’ve been active for several years now – I do comedy and poetry about feminism, dating, sex and kink.  My first solo show, ‘The Idiot’s Guide to Kink’ has been taken to Fringe festivals around the country and performed at many sex positive events and conferences.

 

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

I wanted to use a phrase that was glib and summed up my sometimes over-dramatic reaction to the trials of online dating and casual sex.  Runner-up titles were ‘Willing to Lie About How We Met’, which is a phrase frequently deployed by users of Tinder, and ‘Tindargh’, which is a hashtag I started on Twitter to vent about poor dating profiles.  Sadly doesn’t translate off the page!

 

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

It’s a mixture of confessional, sarky, silly and filthy.  

 

What will your set be about?

My set will be about my love and sex life, essentially; how at the age of 27 I’ve had numerous partners and been involved in some unusual sexcapades, but I’ve never really dated or come close to love.  I talk about monogamy and polyamory, the pitfalls of online dating, and the necessity of having any kind of life partner at all.

I also take the piss out of Morrissey at one point.

 

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

I love a bit of improv, so I’ll be checking out ShakeItUp;

 

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?

I think VR must be a fascinating method to use within comedy, and I think shows which use interactive technology based on phone activity from the audience are really interesting – one of my favourite acts, Foxdog Studios, have been doing that for a number of years.  Personally, I don’t think I could engage in VR because the intimacy of an audience right in front of you can’t be matched.

 

What have been some of the most unique and different comedy sets you have seen this year and why?

I’ve sadly yet to see the whole thing but John-Luke Roberts’ preview of his upcoming Edinburgh show ‘All I Wanna Do Is [FX: GUNSHOTS] With a [FX: GUN RELOADING] and a [FX:CASH REGISTER] and Perform Some Comedy’ was absolutely sensational and I do hope I get to see it in full.  Surrealism with a strong heart. I was also hugely enamoured with Jack Evans’ show ‘Work’ which is heading to Edinburgh soon, all about capitalism and exploitation.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

They can find me on twitter at @hurricane_ros, where I am most often, and I have a Facebook fanpage –facebook.com/ballingerros

 

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

I’m pretty funny.

 

CAMDEN FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND

 

Best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?

You get great support from the venue, great, enthusiastic audiences in a wonderfully vibrant area, and it’s a great way of experiencing a Fringe Festival and the atmosphere which comes with it without leaping straight into Edinburgh, which can be overwhelming the very first time.

 

What are your pre show rituals?

I like to dress up, so if you come and see my show you’ll see me in my gladrags, which always makes the night feel special.  Beyond that, you’ll find me actively avoiding food and alcohol, because it does not mix well with nerves, and having a mad prance around to my soundtrack.  I get nervous energy, I can’t stay still.

 

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

Hammer social media, find quirky ways of advertising your show, keep in touch with the venue, explore other shows and make connections, and always make sure you take some time off.

 

What are the best venues at the fringe?

Camden Comedy Club and all who sail in her will always be very close to my heart, so that tops the list; I’m also hugely fond of the Hen & Chickens and dream in stepping into the hefty shoes of the Bill Murry one day.

 

What are your three favourite things about Camden?
– The vibrancy; it’s incredibly alive, loud and mad, with something to get distracted by wherever you look.

  • For the country bumpkin outsider, it’s easy to navigate
  • It’s the spiritual (and actual) former home of my beloved Amy Winehouse, so I’ll always end up back here in some form.