ang 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 – Matt Green
Date: 10th-14th August
Location: Camden Comedy Club
Hello! Tell Matt us about yourself and the show that you are bringing to Camden fringe?
I’m a comedian, actor and film maker and I’m bringing my show Look Up to the Fringe.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden fringe?
It feels like the last year and a half has been pretty down – lots of downtime, feeling down. So I’m hoping that now might be the time to look up from our screens and see that things are starting to look up?
Also I had a nice photo of me looking up, so…
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s stand up comedy
What will your set be about?
It’s a mix of new material written during lockdown along with a few favourite routines from previous shows. There will be a few bits about life during the pandemic and lockdown, some satirical reflections on how things are going in the world at the moment (hint: not great) and at least one story about poo. So something for everyone.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
There are some great other stand ups doing shows this year – my picks would be Alex Kealy, Sara Barron, Adele Cliff, Nathan Cassidy and Pierre Novellie. I’ve also been enjoying the sketches that Chaps have been doing online, so I’m sure their show will also be worth a look.
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
I’ve always enjoyed doing the Camden Fringe – the audiences are great and I love to perform in the Camden Comedy Club. A couple of years ago I filmed one show and caught an amusing moment that shows exactly why you should always turn your phone off at a comedy gig – you can see what happened here: https://youtu.be/p8_QRcNR6a8
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
It was extremely strange and pretty worrying to lose all of my live work at a stroke – but luckily I found ways of continuing to make content online by releasing dozens of comedy videos, some of which went viral. It’s been an opportunity to do lots of new things which has been great – although of course the whole “worrying if everyone’s going to get a novel virus” side of things has been pretty stressful…as I imagine it has been for everyone! I’ve been fortunate enough to avoid getting Covid (so far!) but it’s obviously had a devastating effect on my industry. I hope the Camden Fringe can be the start of things slowly getting back to normal – whatever “normal” means now.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
Yes – and they’ve been a real lifeline. I was a bit sceptical about performing comedy on Zoom at first, but actually they are surprisingly fun and I’ve done a lot of public and private/corporate shows. They’ve been another opportunity to try new ways of doing comedy and I’ve enjoyed the challenge. I hope to continue doing them in some form in the future – they are a great way of reaching people who otherwise can’t get to shows or a group who are geographically spread out. I did a few gigs for companies with employees all across the globe. It would have been pretty expensive to get them all into one room, but it was perfect for Zoom!
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
Being back on stage has been great, although it has taken a bit of getting used to! I now have to wear trousers and shoes when I gig, for example, which just isn’t an issue on Zoom… It’s lovely being able to see and interact with people directly, although I have to admit that Zoom does have some advantages. For example having everyone’s names clearly written beside their faces is very useful so you don’t have to try and remember every body. Perhaps I’ll start asking people to wear name badges from now on…
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Just go for it! The people at the Fringe and venues are very friendly and if you live in London the costs are much lower than they would be in Edinburgh, for example.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
The audiences and venues are great, but I’ll be honest it’s really nice being able to go home every night rather than having to rent somewhere to stay!
Favourite one liner you have done in a show?
“I’m a member of a gym in the same way that North Korea is a member of the UN. I’m rarely there, and whenever I do turn up I make a mockery of the point of the place…” I can’t do that joke any more, unfortunately because I am now extremely well built.That may also be a joke.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone who laughs generously and brings 59 friends with them.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
I’m everywhere on social media as @mattgreencomedy – check out my videos on YouTube, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook etc. I’m even on LinkedIn…
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Double vaccinated; funny