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!
Lisa Klevemark Waits for the Green Man (before crossing the street)
Location: The Albany
Dates: Aug 14, 21
Price: from £7 Concession £5
Ticket Link: https://www.camdenfringe.com/show.php?acts_id=2559
Hello Lisa! Tell us about yourself?
Hi. I’m Lisa. I’m a performer and introvert. I’m quite worried. I love dogs. My grandmother is the funniest person I know.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
I had a few different names to choose from: Lisa Klevemark Eats Cake (even though it’s not her birthday), Lisa Klevemark Does Not Approve of Side Partings, Lisa Klevemark Wants to Be a Catholic, and Lisa Klevemark Is a Good Girl.
I wanted the name to be long and a bit awkward. In the end Lisa Klevemark Waits for the Green Man (before crossing the street) was the longest and most awkward, as well as the most appropriate for the show. (Though I didn’t know too much about what the show would be like when I chose the name. Lucky.)
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a little bit too close to home to call it character comedy, but if I had to categorise it, that’d be it. There’s a bit of clown in there too. And improv.
What will your set be about?
The importance of following the rules, Martin Luther, state-funded porn, oat cakes, childhood traumas and high-vis vests.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Madame Chandelier’s Rough Guide to the Opera. I saw her do a five-minute slot at an open mic night, and she was hilarious! Also, I won’t be watching it, because I’ll be in it, but the Improbotics show. We do improv with artificial intelligence. Pretty cool.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
No! I’ve never done the Camden Fringe before. I’ve seen shows though, but of course I can’t remember their names. There was one where they had big bits of green paper on their heads and they were playing straws of grass. That was pretty great. Actually, I don’t think it was at the fringe, but it was in Camden.
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
One show that I really liked (which was a WIP at the time) was Jack Tucker: Comedy Stand-up Hour. Fantastic parody of old school stand-up comedians. It’s so ripe for parody.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Get back to me after I’ve actually done the festival, and I’ll let you know! Probably something along the lines of “Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.”
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
Don’t know yet. So far, it’s that I’ve not had to book any trains or accommodation to get there. Comedy admin is the bane of my life.
I saw that you trained at clown school Ecole Philippe Gaulier you have to tell us about that! What was one of the most important things you learnt?
Indeed I did. It was horrible and wonderful. I tried really hard for a long time to be more interesting than I am, more feisty, temperamental, anarchic. After about a year-and-a-half, I was so tired and so sad that it wasn’t working that there was nothing I could do but be myself on stage. Organised, on time, following the rules. And that’s where my funny was.
You are from Sweden and it says that you are going to channel this in your show? What is the comedy scene like on Scandinavia? Is it very different to British humour?
I don’t know much about the Scandinavian comedy scene – I’ve lived over here for 15 years. I think Scandinavia is quite boring, and I like that, I think that’s funny. It’s all very nice and orderly, we say what we mean, we don’t like to make a fuss. And then there are also sudden bursts of absolute madness, like the Little Frog Dance, which we all do at Midsummer. I’ll teach you it in my show.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The canal, the dirt, falafel wraps.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“Hello, I’m Doctor Klevemark. I’m not a real doctor but I believe in the power of positive thinking.”
That was the opening line of my last show, Lemons.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Tage Danielsson, legendary Swedish writer and performer and one of my first comedy idols. So kind, yet funny and able to deliver blistering political satire.
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?
Genevieve. Though everyone probably calls her Ginny. She’s fabulous, but she’s still a pigeon. No disrespect to anyone called Genevieve. Or Ginny.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@LisaKlevemark on twitter
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Boring is funny.