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Flo and Joan: Edinburgh Fringe 2017 interview

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A new pair to us, but one that come with a lot of buzz around them. They went viral last year with The 2016 Song, but by all accounts this is just the tip of a musical talent that has drawn comparisons to Flight of the Conchords among others.

Hello. How are you today?

Hello! We are very well, thank you. We hope you are too!

At this stage, how closely does your programme blurb match the content of your show?

At is actually completely accurate! Our show remains to be ‘an hour of dark, witty songs’.

Have the momentous events of 2016 affected your act in any way?

We’re not especially political in our shows, little digs here and there but nothing major (apart from our ‘2016 Song’). The last year really made us turn completely away from the pointed and political and go towards levity in comedy instead. It is by no means a fluffy show, there is still depth and darkness, but we’re playing for those who want some light relief from the world right now – we certainly all need it.

Who are you sharing a flat with this festival and how will you help each other survive the month?

We are sharing a flat/bed with each other…survival will be down to giving each other as much space as possible outside of our show and sleeping hours!

Any shows you’re particularly excited about seeing?

We fell in love with Tom Walker and Rose Matafeo last year, so we’re excited for them, and Jayde Adams. And our friends Death Ray Cabaret are coming over from Canada with their debut show, so we are excited to see them. Otherwise it’s always fun to find completely new people to love throughout the festival, so looking forward to those gems as well.

Other than the great shows, what else are you looking forward to about your trip to Edinburgh this year?

We’ve been living in Canada for the last three years where the ‘meal deal’ does not exist. We lived off the £3 supermarket sandwich – snack – drink deal for the whole festival last year, and we’re excited for that to be our diet again this summer. It’s also just cool to be in the city. I miss cobbles when they’re not there.

What celebrity death hit you the hardest in 2016 (mine was Wogan)?

Victoria Wood for sure.

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

A few years ago we had a food blog where we celebrated the national food of the day, every day for an entire year. Please peruse at your leisure.

Flo and Joan: The Kindness of Stranglers
Just the Tonic @ The Tron
Aug 3-26, 2.20pm

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