CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
The three of us got together and created Bosh & Babbs in February last year and have been gigging since April last year.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
Joel: Extreme and bizarre characters but always grounded in realism.
Kylie: We’re all on the same page and find similar things funny. We wouldn’t limit ourselves or ideas and feel we can go anywhere or play any type of characters, no matter how extreme we like to find the truth in our characters. Life is full of weird and wonderful people and that’s what we love to portray. We don’t purposefully look for things to shock, we write what comes naturally and develop it from there. Our comedy involves characters who have a story that we hope you want to see again and again, we’re not one liners. We want the audience to invest in our characters and go with us on a journey.
Jess: Believable everyday characters with a bit of extremeness about them. They all have a little bit of ‘crazy’.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
Kylie: I grew up on on French and Saunders, Harry Enfield, Victoria Wood, Julie Walters, Ab Fab, Gimmie Gimme Gimme. Joel and I always had an odd sense of humour, from a young age we would watch cult comedies like The Brady Bunch Movie, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, Drop Dead Gorgeous, films we’d watch again and again.
Joel: And again and again!
Kylie: I’m massively inspired by TV series such as Summer Heights High (Chris Lilley), The Comeback (Lisa Kudrow), Nighty Night (Julia Davies).
Joel: Kylie’s stolen all my answers but everything she said, for the record I introduced her to The Comeback only the other month (I don’t need to SEE that!). I love the classic odd humour from 90’s British comedies like what Kylie said but I would’ve added The Brittas Empire. From across the pond I love Burning Love, I’ll check out anything to do with Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Kristen Wiig, June Diane Raphael and Anna Faris (Smiley Face is just genius!).
Jess: For myself Julie Walters, Victoria Wood, Jennifer Saunders and Jessica Hynes. I think our sketches are best described as Smack the Pony meets French & Saunders meets Nighty Night meets Kath and Kim.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
Kylie: I was a painfully shy child and decided when I went to secondary school to become the class clown. For me it’s about creating interesting characters, fleshing those out and making them believable, regardless of genre.
Joel: I wanted to be in S Club 7 but this is a pretty good plan B. I’ve always been funny, just not a lot of people get it.
Jess: Again personally, I’ve always leaned more towards comedic roles or projects that involve and thrive on comedy timing.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
Our go to method is the three of us will discuss and bring characters to the table, we’ll then pick which ones we want to develop, we’ll put them in different situations and scenarios and improvise them each way. Joel will film and direct and then we’ll watch the footage back and pick out the bits we like, this helps the sketches have a more natural feel even with the most ridiculous characters. The freedom from improvising brings in ideas you wouldn’t think of from sitting down to write it first.
We’ll then write a skeleton of that sketch and one of us will write the first draft and pass it round to each other to redraft. (And then it’ll all change again once we start putting it on its feet!)
CB: Do you gig as a comedy performer full time or is it more of a part-time hobby? If so, do you find that your main job influences your material?
We all treat Bosh & Babbs as a full time career but at the moment we have to have day jobs to pay the bills. Although this has been challenging it’s so important as a writer, actor or director to have as many experiences as possible … no matter how frustrating or mundane this can seem, it’s lead to some great ideas! We get together to either write, rehearse or film most nights after work in the week and weekends.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
We’ve not been on the comedy circuit for long but our experience so far has been incredibly welcoming and encouraging. It’s been amazing to be part of SketchFest and see all the up and coming sketch acts. London is buzzing with new talent and energy and it really does feel an exciting time to be part of sketch comedy.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
One that likes us!
CB: Have you been heckled a lot since you’ve started gigging? Do you enjoy being heckled? What’s the best heckle you’ve had?
Kylie: I get heckled on the street does that count?
Joel: The only heckling Bosh & Babbs have had so far is from me in rehearsals! Louder girls!
Jess: He’s like the comedy version of a ‘dance mom’. I’ve only really known heckling in a previous job, in the comedy sketch show NewsRevue. Comes with the territory, but if you survive a bad heckle you feel like a soldier. I’ve always used a facial expression or comic timing to get me out of those situations. I’ve always thought hecklers have little frustrated performers living inside them whether they know or not.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
Kylie: Find a way to start putting your stuff out there. Our first gig was at a night called WritersBloc at The Canal Cafe Theatre where we performed one sketch amongst other new acts. It all progressed from there, from that we put a show on with one of the other acts ‘TiTs’ and it pushed us to write more and keep our material going. Don’t be Afraid, what’s the worst that can happen, people don’t laugh … ahhhhhh!
Joel: Find people you feel comfortable creating with, who are somewhat on the same page as you (but different enough to weave out the naff ideas). Create it, put it out there and go for it, people will tell you ‘it’s hard’, tell them there’s no point getting up in the morning with that attitude. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes!
Jess: If you have an idea that you believe in, that doesn’t leave your thoughts after a nights sleep, then go for it! I’m so proud of how far we’ve come in the last year and where we’re going. Bosh & Babbs is becoming my life and everyday it proves to me why we are meant to be doing this!