Welcome to the month of August, the month where a lot of comedy is happening all around the UK and we have a fun and exclusive access to a sketch groups run at the Camden Fringe. Meet The Scribbling Ape, a sketch group from Bristol that are about to take over The Phoenix this month! So lets start by meeting the guys behind the sketch group!
Location: The Canal Cafe Theatre.
Dates: 24th-27th of August
Price: £8 and £6 concessions. (There will be free foot rubs for anyone called Nico)
Hey guys tell us about Scribbling Ape! Who you all are and a little bit about yourselves?
Z: Well, The Scribbling Ape was founded this year by…
T: Troy Hewitt.
Z: and me.
T: Ziggy Ross was also involved yes.
Z: We wanted to write comedy that would change the world, and end global poverty, but that proved a little tricky.
T: So we set our sights on the Camden Fringe
Z: We knew we’d need an additional actor, ideally a woman; then we found Ant…
T: he was sleeping outside a local leisure centre
Z: …and we thought he’d be perfect.
A: These guys saved my life man, literally, it was either prison or The Scribbling Ape
T: And prison was full darling.
Ape: They’re a great bunch of…
A: Shut it.
How did you come up with the name The Scribbling Ape?
T: The ape came to me in a dream…
Z: It’s a manifestation of our collective creative consciousness
T: …with a list of commandments etched into a petrified banana peel, then I told the boys.
Z: Course you did mate.
A: Wait… is that what we’re called?
Ape: Other options included the Jiffy Bag Conquerors and Snog the Pirate
Tell us all about the show that you are bringing to the Camden Fringe – The Meat Within?
Z: The show is best described as the space between Dr Seuss and A Clockwork Orange.
T: Well, we don’t know if it is best described as that…
Z: But it is what we are running with at the moment.
Z: what is the show about then, Troy
T: Excuse me, I know what the show is about.
Z: But do you though?
A: We join ‘legendary’ TV presenter Pat Mothra, Blackpools sexiest man (nominee), 1997 As he force feeds his audience a boutique omelette of light entertainment.
Z: I don’t know if I would describe it as light, it is pretty f**king heavy.
T: Yeah It is basically the biggest comedy sensation since the whoopee cushion.
A: Along the way you will meet a host of loveable characters including, Chudd Mcaha, funniest man in the universe. Eastern Bloc Euro Pop Sensation Kim Kourgette and…Tracey.
Ape: It combines manic sketch comedy with long form narrative to create a raging of blancmange of comic absurdity. Expect well crafted performances, the occasional song and larger snortingly wonderful wordplay.
Z: – dripping in silliness and gallows humour.
What sort of comedy do you guys perform? What can the audience expect from your sketches?
A: Hang on, is this a comedy?
This is your First Camden Fringe! How are you guys feeling?
Ape: Numb from the waist down.
What have been the highlights of the shows you have performed previously?
Z: Troy interrupting my moment of suspension and completely destroying its function, along with my soul.
T: Yeah, Probably the time I rescued Ziggy from an uncomfortable silence with an impromptu display of comic mastery… or power.
Z: It was supposed to be uncomfortable.
A: ...power, I’d say comic power,
What sketch groups do you find inspiring and why?
Z: League of Gentleman, Cardinal burns, Spike Milligan, Monty Python (obviously), and also the Young Ones, Bottom, and the Mighty Boosh in a less sketchy sense.
Who else are you looking forward to seeing at The Camden Fringe and Why?
T: Our audience members
A: Because without them, we’d just be three grown men in an empty room screaming at the walls…
Z: …wearing dresses
Ape: Also, Dave & Emmanuel, and the Tobylikesmilk production ‘Gone off’.
And Finally – in three words, why should people come and see you at the Camden Fringe
We’ll give you four
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