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 Adam Evans about The Crisp Review: LIVE
Date: 17th August
Location: Canal Cafe Theatre
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/the-crisp-review-live/
Hello! Tell us about yourself?
I’m Adam Evans, a writer and comedian originally from East Sussex but based in Manchester, the best place in the world, where I’ve lived for eight years. I’m a sports writer, a co-host of Manchester’s award-winning Spoken Word event ‘Verbose’ (@verbosemcr) and a crisp connoisseur. I started reviewing crisps in lockdown one after losing my job, although fortunately that came back a few months later, with the goal of receiving free crisps to taste from crisp manufacturers. Elsewhere, I enjoy cooking and taking my glasses off for a good old-fashioned unfocused stare into the middle distance.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
I kept “joking” (fishing for compliments) around friends that I might take The Crisp Review to the stage. No one seemed to think it was a bad idea – or they’re all sick of it and want to see it crash and burn in public. Either way, ‘The Crisp Review: LIVE’ was born.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
There’ll be a little bit of everything – apart from a song you’ll be glad to hear. Expect some stand-up, a mini documentary, a game, an awards ceremony and a Q&A session/group crisp review with my sponsor Serious Pig – who will be providing exclusive free snacks for audience members.
What will your set be about?
Crisps, receiving free crisps, the rise-fall-rise of a maverick crisp reviewer, never giving up and occasionally giving up.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
Big shout-outs for my Manchester spoken word pals Lisa O’Hare with her show ‘Do You Remember The First Rhyme?’ and the Bent Key collective in ‘Bent Key’s Northern Poetry Takeover’ – both definitely worth looking out for this fringe. I’d also like to see ‘I hope I’m interrupting’, ‘Wife Material’, ‘Lorna Rose Treen: Skin Pigeon’ and ‘John Tothill: Dermatologists Hate Him’.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
The age-old advice is: if you think you *could* do it, do it. I’d also recommend finding a niche and milking it for all its worth – smaller the better.
What are your favourite things about London?
The scent of possibility in the air. The sense of opportunity in the sunlight. The fact that pints feel like a bargain the week after visiting.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
The roundhouse, where one of my favourite gigs took place. The bars, where I had my first underage cocktail back in 2012. The food, where I experienced quesadillas for the first time. This was all the same evening to be fair – I’ve only been once.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
My personal favourite one liners tend to bomb but… you know the saying: “Die once, you’re to blame. Die twice, that’s a shame.” I think it was Jesus who said that.
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Salt & Lineker himself.
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 think it’s giving big Vic energy
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
They can find me at @adamcevans on Instagram or on TikTok at @thecrispreview please and thank you
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
Exclusive. Free. Snacks.