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Edinburgh Fringe interview: Sad Faces

Sad Faces at the Edinburgh Festival 2013

At last year’s Edinburgh Festival, Sad Faces pleased everyone with a shared interest in Japanse cinema and whimsical funnies with their Rashomon-inspired show Sad Faces Remember It Differently.

This year, the boys (Tom Crowly, Tobi Wilson and Jack Bernhardt) continue the fast-paced sketch narrative approach with Sad Faces Threw A Party at the Pleasance Courtyard.

We’re looking forward to all the cake and ice cream.

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Hallo guys. How are you feeling today?

TOM: Hallo Tom. Today I have the “Comedian’s Hamper”, which is a mild hangover, a pathological inability to express sincere emotion, and some writing work to do.

Sad Faces are back at the Fringe for the umpteenth time. Are you excited?

TOM: We’re too excited. After six years at the Fringe we reckon it must be about time for us to meet Stewart Lee, and this year apparently we can tick off Dan Cook from the Crunchy Nut advert and Aunt Hilda from Sabrina the Teenage Witch as well.

Your show this year is called Sad Faces Threw A Party. Can we expect cake and fun and games?

TOM: We’ve certainly booked in cake and fun and games! We bought the cake last month to make sure we didn’t forget, and it should be just right by August. The game is musical chairs and the fun is trying to find a second chair from somewhere. Do you know if there are any more skips in this area?

Who would be at your perfect party?

TOBI: Jim Henson, and I’ll be making awkward eyes at everyone to make sure they don’t mention his death.

JACK: The guy from Come Dine With Me. I would like him to make sarcastic comments at us until we burst into tears.

TOM: Voltaire, who I am given to understand was the French philosopher with the power to manipulate electrical currents.

Is your show easy to adapt for Radio 4 just in case it wins the Fosters Comedy Award?

TOBI: If anything, too easy. We like to stand in a line and describe any physical actions as we do them.

JACK: Plus we definitely have faces for radio! Ha ha! No, but seriously, we’re quite unappealing.

Who would you like to see in the crowd?

JACK: David Suchet. Front row, hand holding chin, nodding and whispering ‘yes, yes’ throughout.

Do you have a favourite Fringe memory?

TOBI: “The last Saturday of our show last year, when the show was much fuller than we expected and Jack was rocking back and forth backstage whimpering ‘what do they want from us!?'”

TOM: Any time the concepts of ‘drinking’ and ‘outdoors’ have been brought together. Either in the context of a garden, a courtyard or a road.

JACK: Last year, flyering a woman so well that she dropped her baked potato. She did not come.

Last year, your show was a take on Rashomon. Are you keen on adapting any other Kurosawa films for the Fringe stage?

TOBI: I know who that is.

TOM: Next year I want to do our take on Yojimbo, where Jack is the new guy in town and Tom and Tobi are the two jerks who both end up hiring him to do their gangster work for them. Working title: Sad Faces Do It Both Ways.

JACK: Of course! A take on Rashomon! Not a take on an episode of The Simpsons based on Rashomon… Next year, we will adapt that famous Kurosawa film “Who Shot Mr Burns?” where Tom will get shot by a baby.

What else are you looking forward to in Edinburgh this year? We recommend the Piemaker, The Baked Potato Shop and a pleasant stroll.

TOM: Being able to get up after 9am for the first time in six years.

TOBI: Well my plan was to run a pop-up baked potato and pie stand so that’s my fringe ruined. I’m cancelling the fringe, everyone. I’m looking forward to “Saville! The Jimmy Musical” which will be on at every venue, on the hour every hour.

JACK: “ARTHUR’S SEAT. THREE TIMES. DAILY. DO NOT TALK ME OUT OF THIS.”

Here’s a space to write anything you want about any subject. Go for it:

Jack: Have you ever seen when people get on buses? What are they playing at? Oh, it’s always the crazy ones you find on the bus oftentimes!


Sad Faces Threw A Party
July 31 – Aug 26, 4.30pm
Pleasance Courtyard
£8.50 – £10.50

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