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!
The Palace of Earthly Delights
Location: Camden Comedy Club
Dates: Aug 19, 20
Price: £7 or £5 for concessions
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
‘The Palace of Earthly Delights’ is inspired by Hieronymous Bosch’s famous painting ‘The Garden of Earthly Delights’ (late 15th century). This work is a triptych preenting Eden, ”earthly pleasures’ and Hell. I’d say my show chiefly refers to the latter.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a comedy storytelling show with strong satirical elements.
What will your set be about?
The show tells the story of how I – or a version of me – quit stand-up comedy but am drawn back into it with the offer of a prestigous gig to prominent celebrities. Saying more would be spoiling the story.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I’m definitely up for Samuel Zernig’s Spice World War 2 on August 11, and The Parantheicals across 11-12.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is my first time performing at Camden Fringe!
What have been some of the most unique and different shows you have seen this year and why?
I haven’t seen much yet, but as a tour guide, I’m excited to see ‘How Far is Lunch?’, a theatre show about tour guiding, as I’ve long worked in that industry myself! I’ll enjoy it if I can see through the weeping.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Get a good press release and get it out early!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
It’s not as overwhelming as Edinburgh!
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
90s nostalgia, the Camden Lock and the Freud Museum.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I don’t like writing them down… It’s like being on a boozy night out and you suddenly see yourself in the bathroom mirror under harsh lighting!
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
The comedian Matt Forde. Like me, he’s a political comedian, and like me he’s 36 years old and from Nottingham. I feel we’d have a lot in common.
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?
Queenie. Or Pidgequeenie.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
I tweet (a lot) @JamesHarrisNow. You can also like my Facebook page James Harris stands up.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s wild, folks.