CB: How long have you been gigging in comedy?
RP: 5 years. Whoa.
CB: How would you describe your comedy?
RP: We make fun of people we think are stupid, and then realise it’s us, and we are idiots. Ridiculous idiots.
CB: Which comedians influence your comedy?
RP: South Park, Chris Morris, The Mighty Boosh, French and Saunders… each other.
CB: Did you always want to go into comedy?
RP: Yes. There is more paperwork that we initially anticipated though.
CB: How do you go about writing your material?
RP: We set aside time for writing. Thoughtfully. Hours. The time comes, one of us is late then loses a shoe. We have some tea, food and a nap. We insist that we won’t check our phones. We check our phones. File some paperwork. Then when there is about 10 minutes left we come up with our best stuff.
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?
RP: We are full time performers, but a lot of our work is not straight comedy circuit stuff – we MC for festivals, host game shows and club nights and write children’s shows. They all feed into each other, but comedy probably influences the others more.
CB: What do you find the most enjoyable and frustrating parts of the comedy circuit?
RP: Watching other people find something brilliant is delightful, the camaraderie is fantastic and working on your own stuff, watch it gradually get better and development is worth all the paperwork. But seriously, the paperwork??
CB: What’s your favourite type of audience to perform to?
RP: One that is well lit. If you can see their eyes, you can find something funny to share with most people. Oh and big. When you go up in front of 1000s of people, they kind of already trust you.
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?
RP: There are parts of our act where people really join in the silliness, but it is all very good spirited so we enjoy that. Quite often one of us will get a massage out of it as well, while the other is left talking about Enya or geese. We’re never really on the receiving end of aggressive stuff, and I think we probably give each other the best heckles. No audience member is going to strike as deep as someone you’ve spent the best part of 5 years with. Robin thinks Partridge looks like James McAvoy with eyes of Steve Buscemi. Partridge thinks Robin looks like Jack Whitehall, crossed with an older version of Jack Whitehall. Ouch.
CB: What advice would you give to new acts thinking of starting out in comedy?
RP: Get an accountant, and be ready for that paperwork. I mean really?!?
Robin and Partridge will be performing at the Edinburgh Festival from 30th July – 24th August at Pleasance Courtyard at 14:15 (1hour). Tickets