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 Si Deaves
Date: 25th & 27th August
Time: 9:30pm / 3:30pm
Price: £7 Concession £5
Location: Aces and Eights
Ticket Link: https://camden.ssboxoffice.com/events/si-deaves-si-clops/
Tell us about yourself?
I’m Si Deaves, a comedian, podcaster and writer from Southend-On-Sea in Essex. I’m a bit awkward, but I’m really good at it and I’m about to have my first child, which is very exciting. I’m not as organised as a lot of people think I am.
How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the Camden fringe?
Well, I went blind in one eye for a bit and my name is Si, so Si-Clops just seemed like a natural progression and when I thought of it I got really excited and ran upstairs to tell my wife.
Tell us a little bit about your style of show?
It’s very conversational, but like the kind of conversation where one party tells jokes and funny stories for an hour and the audience’s part of the conversation is laughing in the appropriate places. At points it will be a bit like watching a man have a breakdown, but in a really enjoyable way.
What will your set be about?
All sorts; the basic premise holding it all together is the story of when I had a surgery that left me blind in one eye for a week until I had another surgery, which lead to some other surgeries, although there’s actually far less about surgery than I’m making it seem. I also justify some of the other stories by saying that it’s also about how I’m short sighted in other elements of my life too, like the time I had an … accident at work, that sort of thing.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?
I’ve got loads of good pals at the fringe who I’m looking forward to seeing, my particular recommendations are every show that you’re available to see. Although I’m particularly looking forward to Tom Mayhew, Mike Sheer, Paul F Taylor, Jason Patterson and anyone other show that I’m available to see.
What advice would you give to others who want to perform at Camden Fringe next year?
Write a really good show and put it on.
What are your favourite things about London?
The constant barrage of things to do, there’s something for everyone and anyone at any given moment, music, theatre, comedy, rain, tall buildings, the list is endless.
What are your three favourite things about Camden?
Some of my favourite comedy venues in the country are in Camden. Some of my favourite music venues are in Camden. The market is legendary.
Favourite one liner you have done in a show and why?
I think my favourite one liner is in this show, to be honest, so I don’t want to give it away. But my second favourite one liner is probably ‘I started seeing a girl recently and she turned to me and said “Si, I love you”, so I said “I love you too” and she said “I love you more”, so I broke up with her. Too competitive.’
Who would be your ultimate dream audience member?
Someone who’s an absolute delight, gets all of my jokes and doesn’t get too drunk and heckles me. Then at the end they insist upon giving me loads of extra money because they had such a nice time, then they subscribe to my podcast, follow me on social media and buy my merch.
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?
Jeeves. Because it’s wearing a bow tie.
If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?
linktr.ee/sideaves will take you to where you can find everything about me. Otherwise just google Si Deaves, I’m the only one.
And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?
It’s really funny.