Performers: Bread and Geller (Andrew Bloomer and Ellie Ross) Photograph by: Kris Wood Show: Prime Time Venue: Just The Tonic – Just the Wee One @ The Caves Promoter: Indie
Tell me about your Edinburgh show
It’s still a work-in-progress (“the material writes itself!” said not us, ever) but at the moment it’s a show of 27 sketches that takes you through a day, from midnight to midnight. It’s a mix of character comedy, observational sketch and musical parody.
Tell me about your first gig
As soon as we formed as a duo, Ellie immediately booked a 2-night run so that Andrew couldn’t back out. We were publicising a show before we even had a name. Luckily when the time came, things that were funny in our living room also seemed to be funny to strangers (and by strangers, we mean the close friends and family who made up the entire audience of our first gig)
Do you have any rituals before going on stage?
Panic. We never start a show without it.
Tell me about your best and worst review
Our best review has come from Chortle, which kindly said we were “exuberant” and “absolutely commanded the stage”. We’ve also had some nice comments on Twitter. Luckily, as we’re fairly new we haven’t had any awful ones yet.
During this Edinburgh run, do you plan to read reviews of your show?
Heck yeah, if we can learn to read in time…
How do you feel about reviewers generally?
Depends what they say about us.
In April 2018, YouTube comedian, Markus Meechan (aka Count Dankula) was fined £800 for training his girlfriend’s pug dog to do a Nazi salute with its paw, in response to the phrase ‘Gas the Jews’. Do you believe Meechan committed a criminal offence, and why?
We’re not sure of the legality, but is it weird to be jealous of the pet training skills? Ellie has a one-eyed cat who can barely see, let alone perform tricks.
Are there any subjects that are not suitable for comedy?
No. If the intention is humour, not shock or controversy, it’s all systems go. We’ve got material on suicide, dementia, a stolen baby… but no one (that we know of) has been offended.
Have you ever gone too far?
Comedically? No. Geographically? All the time.
Looking back over your time as a comedian, tell me about the best gig of your career
As a duo, we performed in the Sketch Off! 2018 final at the Leicester Square Theatre in March, which was a bloody great night and we were chuffed to be Runners Up.