Winners of London Sketch Fest
‘Best New Sketch Act’ & ‘Audience Vote’ Award 2014
CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
GFG: Our first gig was in November 2012, we were called “Sketch Comedy” and played to a baffled room in Sheffield. It was a quite a while till our next gig, it needed to be, for us and comedy.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
GFG: Joke Heavy titting about with a dark tinge. We use minimal props, sound queues, and lighting as we like the audience to use their imagination and we are lazy.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
GFG: Loads; Michael J. Dolan, Stella (American not Welsh version), Pajama Men, Stenchole and Knub, Dogging Tales, The League of Gentleman, loads basically.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
GFG: Since birth, it was just lucky for us that we were all born in the same place and at the same time (that fish market from Perfume).
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
GFG: We usually sit around and watch documentaries about serial killers and see who says something funny. I think the last great line came from Dogging Tales.
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?
GFG: We all have different part time jobs, we consider comedy to be the full time one. By day Jim works with a child that thinks he looks like Will Smith.
Kath pierces the ears of unwilling children in a popular high street store so the screams and tears of those kids is a massive influence, if not the biggest. Kiri does comedy as her job which means she brings a joylessly cold eye to the proceedings.
Ed dissapears at sunrise and comes back for tea a bit like a cow, we followed him once but lost him in the woods.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
GFG: Enjoyable parts are the gigs themselves and watching other people that make us laugh. Frustrating parts is knowing we’ll always have to split the fee four ways, until we eventually pluck up the courage to go “Lord of the Flies” on Kath.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
GFG: The ones that think sketch is going to be shitty and then have some kind of religious awakening when they see we’re not.
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?
GFG: Ed’s member gets the most grief but fair play, he takes it on his metaphorical chin (testicles).
Also, there’s no such thing as a good heckle, the best heckle is the silent one in your head that you take home with you and then yell in the mirror to yourself back in your bedsit.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
GFG: Don’t, it’s full.