Camden Fringe Festival 2021

Camden Fringe 2021 – INTERVIEW – Jim Daly, The Hen and Chickens Theatre

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 stand up comedian – Jim Daly

Date: 5th August
Time: 9pm
Location: The Hen & Chickens Theatre

Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show that you are bringing to Camden Fringe?

I’m Jim, I’m a 37-year-old comedian, writer and tired dad from London. My show, my first ever solo standup show after nearly a decade on the circuit, is about becoming a dad, how my love of football actually helped me with impending fatherhood and, crucially, former Ireland international Tony Cascarino.

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

It’s currently got the very imaginative title of ‘Jim Daly – Work In Progress’ but I have two working titles I quite like: Football and Fatherhood (the two main themes of the show) and Human Avocado (which isn’t quite as apt and I may save for a future show).

Tell us a little bit about your style of show?

It’s a standup show that has a lot of jokes packed into it, a bit of story telling, one song and one game where I invited an audience member on stage. My style as a comedian is very friendly, inclusive and fun. Someone once described my content as “gentle comedy” and I think that’s actually quite a good description. It is a work in progress show so I’m still working on it but I think it flows quite nicely, has relatable themes, some good gags and is a pleasant hour.

What will your set be about?

It’s about me, aged 36, becoming a father, the worries and stresses that come with that and how my obsession with football actually helped me in my parenting journey for the firs year or so. It’s also about how my main parenting mentor was former Ireland international Tony Cascarino which is as random as it sounds but does make sense I promise.

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

I don’t get to go and see many shows these days on account of having said tiny person but if I can I’d love to see: Chloe Petts, Olga Koch, Ian Crawford’s Cutlery Workshop, Daman Bamrah, Sikisa, Ania Magliano, Larry Dean, Tom Ward…oh and my other show: Jim And Dave Have Lost The Dressing Room (obviously I’ll see it, I’ll be in it).

Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

Yes I did my first (and only other) Camden Fringe show back in 2016 which was the first performance of Jim And Dave Have Lost The Dressing Room. It was a two night run at the Hen & Chickens and it was an absolute blast. We’ve since performed that show at Edinburgh.

How has the last year in lockdown been for you?

Basically the worst time to have a child to be totally honest. But other than that ok. I’ve been lucky that my online and podcast work has kept things ticking over but I’ve missed live performances so much.

Have you managed to do many online shows?

 A handful but I’ve had mixed experiences. It’s just not the same is it? I know a few nights have thrived online and a few comedians have made it their thing and I take my hat off to the because it’s not an easy skill at all.

And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?

Having a spot light shining in my face so I can’t see the audience, that’s always fun. No but honestly that energy in a room full of people is hard to replicate and I’ve missed it a lot. I did this show twice at Brighton Fringe last month and it was so good being back in front of a live audience and instantly feeling which bits of the show work and which don’t. You just can’t really do that online.


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

Go and see some shows and check out some venues as there are a lot and they differ wildly. Find one you like, and book it in. There’s nothing like a deadline to actually get you writing a show. Camden Fringe is a very friendly and welcoming event and audiences are absolutely brilliant so even if your show isn’t finished (like mine) it’s a great place to test the waters.

What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?

It’s in London and I am a very lazy comedian so the fact I can go home afterwards appeals massively. But also it comes with that London comedy vibe which isn’t really replicated anywhere else in the world. We do comedy really, really, really well in London so being able to perform during a fringe event here is something special.

What are your three favourite things about Camden?

The market, the lock and the Black Heart pub as that’s where I did my first ever standup.

Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?

My friend got married recently and took his wife’s last name. Now she’s just known as Carol.

Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?

Probably my daughter once she’s grown up.

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?

Gareth. Named after the England boss as he’s given us memories this summer and that’s what the Camden Fringe does too.

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

@jimdalycomedy on everything; Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Facebook etc..

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

I Need Validation

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