Review by Carmel Shortall
Stand-up comedy night, 1 Mighty Craic, has temporarily left its home at the Washington pub in Belsize Park to come to The Camden Fringe for four nights in August. On Saturday 6th, award winning comedian Henry Ginsberg headlined and Iszi Lawrence stood in as host (her own show, Iszi Lawrence’s Wotnot, followed).
Iszi quickly identifies herself as coming from a middle class Oxford
family and freely admits to being a snob. She crosses scissors with a lairy teenage shop assistant and mines her background for stories with a smutty flavour. So now we know that when a posh bloke says “crikey!” in the middle of a blow job it’s because he’s enjoying himself – although we only have Iszi’s word for that.
When Henry takes the stage he tells us he has been accused of looking like the fat bloke from Lost – no doubt to get the thought out of our heads before it can take root. The beard part of the Lost-fat-guy ensemble he got rid of after a tramp saluted him on the tube.
Henry’s stage persona is that of an anxious self-deprecating outsider and he confides that he doesn’t do much observational humour as he doesn’t have an “everyman persona”. Instead, his relationship with his psyche is such that he can’t leave it unattended for too long and he gives several examples of where this can lead…
Catch 1 Mighty Craic for the second half of its run on Thursday and Friday the 11th and 12th August at 6.30pm upstairs at The Camden Head, 100 Camden High Street. Iszi Lawrence’s Wotnot is on at 8pm, The Camden Head until Sunday 7th August.