CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
MD: We’ve been around for about 2 years but I’d say we’ve only been seriously gigging for about a year.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
MD: Just a bit silly to be honest. It is quite innocent in comparison to other groups; we don’t swear, we’re not particularly crude – so I guess some might say we’re the group version of someone like Michael McIntyre – without the hair.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
MD: I’ve personally never seen myself as specifically a comedian. However, we all really enjoy writing and performing, so Mixed Doubles is a brilliant way for all of us to combine the two.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
MD: Every few months we have a couple of weeks where we meet purely meet to read new sketches – we all have a different style of writing whether it is observational, topical or just a bit weird! Sometimes we love an idea and someone else will take it on and other times a sketch gets worked on in rehearsals. The writing never stops though, even our oldest sketches always seem to be getting edited and are constantly evolving.
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?
MD: The four of us are all actors, so the comedy tends to be slotted in around that and also whatever jobs we find ourselves doing – Paul for example is a magician for a well known department store in Knightsbridge – so it definitely allows us to come up with characters or ideas. People also constantly tell you about funny things that have happened to them at work, so it’s obviously infectious!
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
MD: It is always hard being compared to other groups, who are completely different in style based on a 10 minute set. However, I love the fact that that on the comedy circuit everyone is somehow linked or related.
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
MD: Just an audience that is really up for a comedy show and who are there to be entertained. Our audience at Sketchorama were absolutely amazing and onside with us from the very beginning.
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?
MD: I’d say Mixed Doubles haven’t been (touch wood!) heckled so far. We did however have a guy, who after one too many beers, proceeded to explain very loudly in the front row ,to anyone who would listen, what each of the punch lines and sketches referred to. I suppose it was less of a heckle and more of a running commentary on the show.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
MD: It’s a bit weird giving out advice as we think of ourselves as being so new still. I’d say that enjoying what you do is key, working with people you like but maybe most importantly it is just getting your stuff out there. (Just don’t do what we did and send so many Tweets that you’re considered official spam by Twitter for 24 hours).