American comedians are choosing London over Edinburgh this August as Aces and Eights reveal a winning hand as part of Camden Fringe.
“We have acts from New York and these guys are real quality acts. This is for comedy connoisseurs,” said Harry Deansway, who has booked comedy acts at Aces and Eights for Camden Fringe, until 28 August 2016.
“John Kearns (9-14 August) would traditionally do Edinburgh but he has chosen to do Camden Fringe. He has won Edinburgh Foster’s Best Newcomer and Best Show Awards so he could easily sell out four weeks there.”
New York comedian Dave Hill, who is performing at Aces and Eights, until Saturday 7 August, appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, BBC-America, Cinemax, VH1, MTV, Adult Swim, and is the “star” of the television programme The King of Miami, which aired on Film24 in the UK.
He also wrote the theme tune to Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and performed on the show with his band Valley Lodge.
Daniel Simonsen isn’t American, he’s Norwegian, but the Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards Best Newcomer is now living in the US and has appeared on Russell Howard’s Good News and House of Fools. will be performing his work in progress show at Aces and Eights, 15-28 August. Tickets already look they could sell out.
American comedian Joe Pera, who has performed standup on Comedy Central and NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, makes his Camden Fringe UK debut 15-21 August with Joe Pera Talks You To Sleep.
But it’s not just American acts that are making up an impressive bill at Aces and Eights, Gavino di Vino (pictured above) plays Auntie in The Hackney Chronicles, 8-14 August, a pious Kengerian immigrant with a disdain for tracksuits and chicken shops.
Harry said: “He’s gay and it is her reaction to him. It is more theatrical but it is comedy, set in Hackney, so it looks at gentrification and hipsters.”
Transvestite occult comedian Andrew O’Neill has been touring America with his metal band but now he is Trapped Down a Well at Aces and Eights, until Saturday 7 August.
Harry has proved to be better at booking comedy than running his own comedy magazine. That failure has become the subject of his own show An Audience With Harry Deansway, 22-28 August, also at Aces and Eights.
“I would describe my show as nervous break-down cabaret. The launch of The Fix coincided with the death of print, and comedy is all about timing. I thought I would put on a benefit to pay off the debts and it snowed that night so nobody came. I’ve still not paid it off and never will. It is great for my bucket speech in Edinburgh. It’s like a student loan.”
Also coming up this week is crime fighting vigilante superhero superstar Judge Judy, who is keeping Middle America safe in her Buzz World, 4-7 August, Etcetera Theatre. This play was developed as part of Soho Theatre Writers’ Lab and won the Footlight’s Harry Porter Prize 2016.
Joanna Neary Does Animals and Men (pictured above), 6-7 August at Camden Comedy Club, appeared on Ideal with Johnny Vegas and received a Perrier Best Newcomer Award nomination in 2004.
And there is a last chance to see sketch troop Cheque Please perform Hot Crisps, tonight (Wednesday 3 August) at the Etcetera Theatre – their London debut after performing at Edinburgh Fringe.
The full Camden Fringe programme and tickets are available from the website www.camdenfringe.com.