This summer we are very lucky to see some of life return to normal and one of the things that is coming back with a bang this year is Camden Fringe! We have spoke to a number of acts that you can go and see on the actual stage, so if you have missed comedy and theatre then this is a great time for you! If you are planning on going to the festival though please pre-book your tickets to avoid disappointment. Today we are talking to a show that is bringing sketches to the stage – Horrigan and Howell: A Sketch Too Far
Date: 2nd-8th August
Location: The Hope Theatre
Hello! Tell us about the show you are bringing to Camden Fringe?
It’s a sketch show! We’ve always loved sketches because they create a show with varied energy – some of ours are fast, some slow, some silly, some dark. It’s only an hour long as well which means there’s plenty of bar time before and afterwards!
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
We were originally called ‘The Third Reich and Other Stories’ which made us laugh. But that title doesn’t really scream ‘stupid comedy’, rather ‘an hour of torturous Brecht’, so we decided to change it to A Sketch Too Far! (Got nothing against you Brecht, you just haunt our nightmares)
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
We love sketch comedy in all its forms. Key & Peele, Smack the Pony, Mitchell & Webb, John Finnemore – there’s so many things you can say or poke fun at with a sketch show. Ours is mad, irreverent and silly, and many of the sketches draw on the British psyche we all seem to suffer from, being stuffed up on this island as we are.
What will your set be about?
You name it. How the aristocracy record podcasts, sheep farming in the modern era, capital punishment and the Nuremberg Rally. We keep things fast paced and pack in as many sketches as we can in an hour!
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Howell – Accident Avoidance Training For Cutlery Users at the Hen & Chickens. That’s my kind of show, you can laugh and learn at the same time.
Horrigan – Alex Kealy’s show Monopoly about Silicon Valley looks great, and Slow Death of a Lotus Flower at the Etcetera Theatre.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
We’ve never done the fringe together! This is our first show which means we’re extra shitting our pants! But there’ll be plenty more to come. Shows that is, but pants as well I hope.
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
Horrigan – Oh swell. My clothes don’t fit and I think I’ve developed an anxiety disorder.
Howell – The same but I bought new clothes.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
Horrigan – No, but we have seen lots which has been great. The Barn Theatre in Cirencester have done loads of great stuff, and the Watermill did a wonderful Christmas show in 2020! It’s going to be great to be doing things fleshbound again.
Howell – I’ve told him he can’t say ‘fleshbound’.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
Howell – the pints afterwards.
Horrigan – the crème de menthe afterwards.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Do it! It’s the perfect way to put on your first, second or twentieth show!
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Howell – I’ll answer first while he’s googling Camden. It’s brilliant for nightlife isn’t it? And walking by the canal in the summer is always good.
Horrigan – Definitely the Toponymy. The Toponymy, the Governance and the References. They’re some great things to do.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Horrigan – We both finished on The Play That Goes Wrong in 2019 and there was a show where I was supposed to burst through a door and say “Not so fast inspector!” and I said “Nuts on fast inspector!” We should have stopped the show really, it wasn’t fair to make the inspector carry on after that.
Howell – “Father Christmas won’t like that!”
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone who brings 49 of their friends. Or Glen Miller.
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?
Clyde. Trust me it’s making a comeback, since lockdown has eased I’ve met more Clydes than ever before.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@HorriganHowell on twitter and Instagram!
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Stupid. Silly. Dark.