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 find out all about Fool Me Twice
Date: 13th, 14th, 15th August
Price: £7 Concession £5
Location: Aces and Eights
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/fool-me-twice/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
We are Alex Burgar and Tasmin Sarkany, both new comedy acts doing our debut double bill at the Camden Fringe this year! Alex is a Eurovision scholar and ceilidh dance caller, both of which are reasons she got into comedy. She hosts Oxford’s queer comedy night Funny Peculiar and was featured in the BBC Upload Festival 2021. Tasmin is a biophysics researcher by day and sleeps by night. Somewhere in between she plays the violin and is a comedy enthusiast, both of which are the inspirations for her musical character comedy act. She reached the semi-final of the Chortle Student Comedy Awards this year and has performed alongside Cambridge Footlights. We met each other through online comedy writers’ meetings with a mutual friend and have been comparing jokes and notes with each other ever since! We remain surprised by each other’s heights in real life.
How did you come up with the name of your show that you’re taking to the Camden Fringe?
Left to our own devices we’re really pretty silly – one might say that we are fools. ‘Fool Me Twice’ conveys our general foolishness as well as specifying that there are not one but two fools on offer in this show!
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
We both like writing comedy where an audience has to think to get the joke. Having said that, our individual performance styles are quite different. Alex is a quirky storyteller with a warm style and is wickedly sharp with words. Tasmin’s act is a highly original mix of character comedy, famous tunes, puns and straightforward silliness.
What will your set be about?
Tasmin: I perform with my double act partner: my violin. Our relationship might not be the smoothest but when we get along, there’s a lot of great music to be made. Music like Puccini’s aria about cappuccinos and Anon’s song about birthdays, or Mozart’s music about how he liked his meals cooked. We’ll cover all this and more, hopefully without getting too sidetracked…
Alex: I’ve just obtained German citizenship, so my set will mostly be themed around that, about what it’s like to grow up very culturally German but to only recently get the paperwork that proves it. I’ll also be fresh from performing in Berlin, so expect a lot of thoughts about how that’s a full circle moment. And I’m trying to be bolder with the topics I tackle, so expect one joke about antibiotic resistance.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Tasmin: I love Jen Brister and Kathryn Mather so I’m looking forward to their work in progress shows. There’s so much to look forward to and I love watching new theatre so everything really!
Alex: My friend the awesome Jamie Mykaela is performing at the same venue as us, just a few days earlier. Her show ‘Daddy’ is set to be seriously amazing. Jamie is an icon who makes me double over laughing every time I see her perform, and if you want to see opera singers who’ve undergone the biggest career swerve and become comedians, you should totally see both her show and ours!
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Tasmin: Go for it! It’s a great opportunity and you get a lot of help when you’re applying, which is especially useful if you haven’t performed at a Fringe before! We’ve had so much fun already just writing and planning the show – and the Fringe hasn’t even started yet!
What are your favourite things about London?
Tasmin: Out of the many things I could say, I love the arts and culture in London. Every night there are so many shows staged, concerts played, films screened, music played on street corners, the list goes on… and it’s all going on at the same time even when you don’t notice it.
Alex: The bagels are better than in Oxford.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Tasmin: The market, Regent’s canal and (of course) the comedy clubs.
Alex: The food is amazing. So I’d say crepes, Chinese food, and bagels. And I’ve heard there’s a decent fringe festival.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
Tasmin: “To stand out from the rabble on Tinder, I said I wanted four strings attached instead of none. Of course, Violin and I matched immediately.” I wasn’t sure that people would get behind the surreal nature of my act as well as the fact that it’s based around classical music, so I was really pleased when people laughed the first time I said this joke in character.
Alex: I love improvising one liners and puns and will forever be proud of the time I said ‘our washing machine has broken, it’s started ripping up clothes… it’s a vicious cycle’.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Tasmin: I’m not sure… Maybe Nina Conti? She is a huge inspiration to me comedically.
Alex: Honestly if my gran came to watch me do comedy I’d think I was dreaming anyway. She prefers Tasmin’s act.
The iconic image of the Camden Fringe is the Pigeon – if you could call this year’s pigeon a name to represent its style what would it be and why?
Tasmin: Kevin. I’m not sure why – it just looks like a Kevin to me.
Alex: Yeah I completely agree, that’s our mate Kev.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
@alex_burgar on Twitter and Instagram and @tasminsarkany on Instagram.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Tasmin: To have fun!
Alex: Only cheap once!