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 comedian – Stephanie Lorence
Date: 8th -11th, 15th August
Location: Etcetera Theatre
Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show that you are bringing to Camden Fringe?
I am splitting the bill again (after two successful shows last month at the Brighton Fringe) with a fellow American expat, named Rabiah Coon. Each of our shows is 30 minutes long, and my show is called “Clown Nipples” and hers is “Nice Try.” My show will involve short stories and anecdotes about life as an expat from NYC living in Cambridge, UK. I will discuss ideas such as why English dryers should be ashamed of themselves, how I accidentally allowed my daughter to order one hundred pairs of sunglasses on Amazon during lockdown and how I traded taxi rides for poop covered bike rides.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden Fringe?
I don’t want to give away the (hopefully) funny story behind why I named my show, “Clown Nipples.” Come and see my show and find out! I will tell you this: I am completely terrified of actual clowns.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s composed of anecdotal short stories and experiences from my life, mostly based around my live as an American expat from NYC, living in Cambridge, UK. I’m a mum to two little girls and my husband is English, so a great deal of my material focuses on the hilarious differences between American and British culture.
What will your set be about?
It will discuss my homeschooling fails such as only managing to teach my daughters curse words, and failing to notice my younger daughter call foreign countries 23 times in a row. I also make fun of British slang like “cheeky cheeseburger.” Come on, one of those cheeseburgers is just a snack. Why must everything be “cheeky” here? I’ve recently added more personal experiences about how as a female comedian, I’ve unfortunately experienced some sexism. However, I will be putting a humorous spin on things, while highlighting this issue, as well as others.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I hope to be able to see some other acts! I will be home with my daughters for summer vacation, and I live in Cambridge, so getting to London to perform my own show is a challenge. However, I’d love to try and see a few shows either before or after mine. Please contact me and tell me about your shows, everyone!
Have you done the Fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?
This is my first year at the Camden Fringe, so I’m really excited to have the opportunity to do a longer run. Rabiah and I just split the bill and had two shows at the Brighton Fringe Festival lost month, and it was a terrific experience for us.
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
I’ve spent a large portion of it homeschooling my daughters, ages six and three. There have been a lot of homeschooling mishaps, but at least I can discuss some of them in my show.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
I have done some, and it’s been a really helpful way to share new material and remember your old work. I’ve also become part of a really supportive network of comedians online.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
I’m really looking forward to seeing real actual humans (in a safe and relaxed environment). I’m really looking forward to adding as bit of new material that I’ve been working on over the past few weeks. Lastly, I’m really looking forward to seeing Rabiah, and watching her set, because she absolutely blew the audience away during her last show. It was THAT good.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Just do it! If I can, anyone can do it. I bet you have more material than you realise!
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
This is my first time performing there, so I’ll have to let you know once it’s over! I’ve already received a lot of positive responses on social media from locals and other venues in the area, which is really encouraging.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
I’ve only been there a few times, but it has great cafes, comedy clubs and I feel really welcome every time I go to Camden.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
“Male comedians can look like they’ve spent the night camped out in someone’s ass. They can look like they’ve just emerged covered in butt fluff, and no one says a thing. However, I’m expected to put on full-make up to do an online comedy show from my own freaking bed.”I guess that’s a few lines! I think the expectations placed on females is completely absurd. I did an online comedy show one night and I’d been up since 4:30 am, and my set wasn’t mentioned, only my appearance was. I would like to highlight how unfair this is through my comedy, and make you laugh in the process!
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
One who just laughs at everything I do. I hold the mic. They laugh. I drink water. They laugh. I cry. They laugh (kidding). I don’t know if I can find this person, but I’d be grateful if anyone can take the time to come to my shows, as we are raising funds for Refuge, a domestic violence charity, and the MS Society UK, as Rabiah Coon, my comedy partner, has MS.
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?
I believe that it looks like a Squiggles. I think I vaguely remember pretending as a kid that one of the pigeons in the park was my pet named Squiggles. This pigeon looks sassy and ready for fun, just how I like my pigeons!
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
Instagram-stephanielorencecomedy Twitter- @stephlorence My website- https://stephanielorence.co.uk/
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Clown Nipples Rule