It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are looking at some of the great shows that you can see at the Camden Fringe. So take note because we are going to give you all the information you need for just a handful of some of the great shows happening this year!
Louisa Keight: Jinkies
Location: Camden Comedy Club
Dates: 31 Jul, Aug 1-3rd
Ticket Link: https://camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2528
Hello! Tell us about Jinkies ?
It’s a one woman character comedy show about coming to terms with failure, using drag and cabaret influences — lipsynch, dance, sound collage and even some film!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
Originally the show was going to be about Scooby Doo characters. But I liked this idea of a clown who lives in the real world so much that I began to write more about him and make the show about clowns. So then I decided maybe the clown’s name was Jinkies. We’ve moved even further away from the original show — which was basically a play about this clown character — to having him feature but making the show more about growing up and learning how to fail and make mistakes.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
I’ve been calling it a “multimedia cabaret of character comedy.” It’s very unique, I think, it doesn’t really fit into one box. Soho Theatre director Adam Brace called one of the sketches “performance art” and I think I’m happy with that.
What will your set be about?
It loosely stems from when I was a child and had to dance in my ballet class dressed as a clown. All the other prettier, more graceful, smaller girls were cast as fairies or clowns but I was a jack-in-the-box and had to do a really stupid dance. I hated it and I was so sad that I quit ballet. But I use that to talk about failure and laughing at yourself — all of the characters are failing in some way, from the ever-so-confident millennial it-girl, to an ex-writer for Horse and Hound magazine, to a Broadway director who only works with birds.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Very excited to see Phil Lindsey’s show, I saw a little snippet at Jacob Hatton’s fun anything-goes new material night Pegasus in Kentish Town, and loved his use of tech. I also saw a snippet of Madame Chandelier’s Rough Guide to the Opera at Lost Cabaret in Farringdon, and dear god that lass can sing.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I’ve never done the Camden Fringe before! I’ve done Edinburgh twice but this is a new one for me. Very excited to see what’s out there. London is chock full of talent.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
Unlike Edinburgh, if you live in London, you don’t have to relocate for a month. Also you can do limited runs. It’s so delicious.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Ever since I was a kid I saw Camden as a magical place because it’s referenced a lot by Noel Fielding in and out of The Mighty Boosh. The sheer density of comedy venues is obviously fantastic, but also the music venues. I remember after a work Christmas Party night out I was drunkenly taken to Blues Kitchen by one of my colleagues who just knew everyone on the Camden music and bar scene it seemed, because we ended up in a lock-in at another famous-ish music venue. (I won’t say which because I don’t know if it’s allowed.) So as a provincial girl from a small town up North, it still has a bit of a magical mythical quality to me.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“He sat down and smoked, like what a salmon sometimes is.”
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
I don’t want anybody I admire professionally to come and see my show, that’s my absolute nightmare. It’s happened before and I’ve just fallen apart. My dream audience member would be a combination of my friends Joni and Adam, both lovely boys who both have extremely loud laughs and so at university were really great people to come to see your show. I’ve asked but they refuse to have a child together.
The iconic image of the Camden Fringe is the Pigeon – if you could call this years pigeon a name to represent its style what would it be and why?
She’s got a bit of a Georgian noblewoman vibe to her this year, hasn’t she? Yes, I’m gendering the pigeon. I guess I’d call her Elizabeth Twitterton. She’s very regal.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
On twitter I’m @louisakeight and on instagram I’m @louisakeightvevo for a fun throwback to when VEVO was a thing.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s really good.