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 Henry Moss about the show – Queen of Squats
Date: 19th – 20th August
Location: The Hen & Chickens Theatre
Hello! Tell us about yourself and the show Queen of Squats that you are bringing to Camden fringe?
I’m Henry, a stand-up comedian, cabaret artist and highly-sensitive Pisces. I moved to London in 2016 from Sydney and am thrilled to be bringing HENRY: QUEEN OF SQUATS to Camden Fringe this August. Inspired by my move to London, ‘Queen of Squats’ is a love letter to all the women who have shaped me.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
‘Henry: Queen of Squats’ is obviously a play on words – the show is sadly not a pop-reimagining of Henry the VIII and his six wives but there is some Britney Jean Spears and bare minimum choreography! It’s about finding my queens in London and the ridiculous failures along the way.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
Unadulterated laugh out loud stand-up punctuated by hilarious song and dance outbursts. Campest 50 minutes of your life.
What will your set be about?
As an avid self-help book reader, I investigate how to balance being a loving boyfriend, new dog mum and full-time marketing gay. With my female spiritual guides, I relive pivotal ‘sliding door moments’ in my life and replay them as reality tv, rom-com and HBO drama series.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Sarah Keyworth at 2Northdown – I saw ‘Pacific’ at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019 and was so inspired!
Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why? I
I did my previous show Quadruple Threat in 2017 – I loved 2018’s ‘How I Became a Dominatrix Using Damned Lies and Statistics’
How has the last year in lockdown been for you?
Missing Sydney babes, but love being a Zoom singing coach for my divine students all over the world.
Have you managed to do many online shows?
I did sets in the Soho Theatre comedy labs which have been fantastic.
And now you are returning to the stage!!! How exciting! What are you looking forward to the most?
I adore a laughing emoji on social media, but nothing beats a first-hand belly laugh.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Get on TikTok and start building your niche audience.
What is the best thing about performing at the Camden fringe?
The sense of community, it’s a great alternative to Edinburgh Fringe and this year more than ever, by far the best way to showcase your work to London.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The vibrant hustle, the markets and the nostalgia for Amy Winehouse.
Favourite one-liner you have done in a show and why?
“I try and stay grounded, some days it’s soul cycle, other days you might find me having a Sauvignon Blanc in the back of my car” Clearly fictional – imagine owning a car in London.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Dame Judi Dench, I hope she loves my fast Shakespearean thought changes, and she recognises her 1996 Send In The Clowns interview I quote verbatim.
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?
The crochet hat is very North London, very ‘About A Boy’ – let’s go with Skater Boi.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@mrhenrymoss on all platforms > funnier on TikTok vm.tiktok.com/ZMeUMat54/
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Tight chinos & #freebritney