An award-winning comedian and writer for BBC’s Miranda and Top Gear is coming to Camden Fringe this August – and he’s a smoothie. Because while you’re probably an ‘innie’ or an ‘outie’, Paul Kerensa has no bellybutton.
He has awards galore – winning ITV1’s Take The Mike stand-up talent show in 2002, while as a writer he’s been on the British Comedy Award-winning team behind BBC1’s Miranda, the RTS Award-winning team that wrote eight series of BBC1’s Not Going Out, plus has written for shows like the legendary Top Gear and Channel 4’s iconic TFI Friday. Yet one thing Paul’s never had is a bellybutton. What’s the point, apart from somewhere to keep your fluff?
Paul will unpick the medical quirks of growing up in and out of Great Ormond Street Hospital, with tales of triumph over adversity, of playing the odds and winning, and of what medical apparatus not to leave in a celebrity’s house.
Later this year, Paul’s fourth book hits shelves – a fun festive book called ‘Hark! A Biography of Christmas’. Meanwhile this summer he has two nights at the Camden Fringe, performing his new one-man show on August 26th and 27th at The Camden Head, home of Camden Comedy Club.
Chris Evans referred to Paul on his BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show as ‘a brilliant writer, fantastic communicator, deep thinker, but most importantly, extremely decent bloke.’ The Stage called him ‘as effortless a writer as he is a performer’, while Chortle.co.uk has given several of his previous shows four stars, saying he’s ‘one of the most amiable and unthreatening around, his writing is uniquely left-of-field, introducing concepts that a lot of his peers could not even imagine.’
You can see for yourselves this August, with a repeat show at The Museum of Comedy in September. He might even show his bellybutton – or lack of it.
Sat 26th / Sun 27th Aug – The Camden Head, Camden Fringe – http://www.camdenfringe.com/
Sat 23rd Sept – The Museum of Comedy, Bloomsbury, London – http://www.museumofcomedy.com/