This sketch duo won huge acclaim for their debut hour last year. They’re back with musically-infused sketch comedy that charts the past, present and future of their lifelong friendship
Hello. How are you today?
Good – a very productive day. I just had to do a stool sample for my IBS tests tomorrow. It’s now in the fridge so the bacteria don’t multiply and give an inaccurate result.
At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?
We called the show ‘Giants for an Hour’ which suggests that we were hedging our bets on the direction we were going to go in. The blurb describes the show as “two performers performing an hour long performance which will leave you absolutely.”
Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?
Sainsbury’s takeover of Argos was unexpected, divisive and era-defining. So I think people are expecting most shows to mention it at some point. I just hope we don’t come across too preachy because I know a lot of audiences get alienated by a pro-merger set.
Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?
We’re sharing with Cam Spence and Phil Dunning, two wonderful character comedians (go and see their shows.) They’re good, honest people and we’ve made the ground rules very very clear. No smoking in the kitchen, no trying out bits of material under the guise of conversation, stool samples in the vegetable drawer.
Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?
Christopher Bliss (played by Rob Carter) is delicious. Phoebe Walsh is brilliant. And Ahir Shah dishes out takes hotter than a McDonalds apple pie. Then we always make sure to see a few student productions of Hamlet.
Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?
Halfway through the fringe Will goes for a 20 minute run then talks about it for the rest of the month.
What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?
Fidel Castro. Apart from the constant and brutal suppression of his people, he was an inspiration to the British left.
Here’s a space to write about anything you want. Go for it.
The Phoenicians taught humanity to read but wrote on bits of papyrus which rotted away. So nothing any of them wrote survived. I feel like maybe the internet age is the papyrus age so everything we write might be lost forever. When Laugh out London crashes we might lose this interview and people will never know about Giants’ follow up sketch show in the Pleasance Attic.
Giants: For An Hour
2-27 Aug, 4.30pm