It is August which only means one thing – it is Camden Fringe time! Over the next few weeks we are chatting to acts that are performing at the festival and finding all about their show and what they would call this years iconic Camden Fringe Pigeon! Today we speak to Mike Capozzola
Date: 11 & 20th / 24th & 25thAugust
Time: 7pm / 7pm
Location: Museum of Comedy / 2Northdown
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I’m a London-based stand-up comedian from the states. I moved to the UK a few years ago from San Francisco. I also do acting/ presenting in addition to the stand up. It’s sort of my ‘day job.’
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden Fringe?
When I was in San Francisco I volunteered at a nationwide learning center that serves underprivileged and underserved students. One of the chapters, the one in Los Angeles has a gift shop called the “Time Travel Mart“I created a “guide” that I wrote / drew, “Self-Defence for Time Travelers”It’s a self-defense instruction book for time travelers. The show grew out of the book that I created
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s a mix of stand up / stories and slides all about sci-fi. Sort of a Ted Talk but without all of the educational content.
What will your set be about?
It’s about the unexpected consequences of irresponsible time-travel and ways to outsmart historical adversaries like a velociraptor, fisticuffs champ, werewolf, centaur and a 1950’s American ‘Greaser’ among other opponents.
It is your first time doing the Fringe – how do you feel about it?
It’s my first time at the Camden Fringe. Very excited to do it. I’m lucky to be at two great venues.
What are your favourite things about London?
I have made some terrific friends here. Mostly comedians. Love these guys to pieces. Also- everything is so new for me that even a train ride to a random town for a gig is an adventure- like a road gig. This is in addition to the jaw dropping architecture, rich history, unusual food and great beauty in each direction.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
It’s very vibrant. Never a dull moment. Really a pulsing counter balance to the sedate, but lovely neighborhoods that surround in North London.And having moved here from California- the ubiquitous aroma of people smoking pot makes me feel at home.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I told the guitarist in a horrible Bon Jovi tribute band, “you give ‘you give love a bad name’ a bad name.” I like it because of the language and how it wobbles along. I love words. That bit probably does better when I’m in the states and closer to New Jersey.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
I did not get to meet him, but Huey Lewis was at one of my gigs and I was told that he laughed a lot. That was cool. I’ll take that.
If people want to find out more about you, where can they follow you on social media?
TW: @MCapozzola Instagram: @ThatMikeCapozzola FB: http://www.facebook.com/ComedianMikeCapozzola
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s ^%$#@’ing FUNNY.