It is festival season and that means that in the next month there is so many great comedy festivals to look forward to! This month we are talking to acts performing at an array of festivals to find out more about their sets and what they have planned for their shows. Today we speak to

Screen Shot 2018-07-29 at 20.40.56Name Of Show:  A Good Service on All Other Lines

Time: 3:45 pm

Date: August 2nd – 18th

Location: C Aquila Studios (Venue 21)


 

 Hello guys! Tell us about yourself!

Hi. We’re Matt and David, a song and story duo performing our first show together at this year’s fringe – it’s called A Good Service on All Other Lines. David does the story bit, with funny tales about falling in love, and Matt does melancholy folk pop to match.

 

How did you come up with the name of your show that your taking to the fringe?

It’s a line used in the show ­– which is partially set at a train station. Not to spoil anything but we’re using it as a big old metaphor.

 

Tell us a little bit about your style of comedy?

Our comedy style is a mix of things – observational, anecdotal and just a touch of the absurd. But we mix up the show with a little bit of drama and pathos too. We’ll try to make you laugh and cry. Talk about value for money.

 

What will your set be about?

It’s about a whole lot of different things, but at its heart our show is about love and romance, with a couple of musings on despair and hope too. And trains. Trains feature quite a lot.

 

What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at the fringe?

Tessa Coates, who has a show called Witch Hunt, and Stevie Martin, who’s show is called Volume 1. Both parts of the sketch group Massive Dad, and both absolutely hilarious.

 

Have you done the fringe before? What have been some of your favourite shows to date and why?

David has, but not for a while. He was part of a sketch group at university and also was in the semi-finals of some stand-up competitions back in 2010. He’s spent the last 8 years using absolutely none of that potential. Matt has busked at the fringe before. In fact in 2011 he slept on David’s floor while busking, which was where the drunk idea of doing a show together first happened.

 

Some acts have already tried it and done shows in the environment  but do you think virtual reality has a space to be used in comedy and what other modern technologies do you think could alter the way we interact and watch comedy?

As long as people are laughing, then anything can be used to create comedy. One of the key elements of stand-up though is the live interaction of audience and performer – which is hard to replicate in virtual space. So maybe augmented reality will be more interesting when it comes to live performance? And we’ll see VR potentially used more in regard to scripted sitcoms and TV shows.

 

What have been some of the most unique and different stand up sets you have seen this year and why?

We haven’t made it to many previews, but Ben Target is one of the most unique talents in comedy, and he has a new show this year. Everyone should go.

 

If people want to find out more about you where can they follow you on social media?

If for some reason people want to follow us David is @DavidNHead on Twitter dot com. And Matt and his band can be found @sinceredeceivers.

 

And Finally in three words – Why should people come and see the show?

Matt: It’s genuinely good.

David: Because we’re desperate?

Matt: Both are true.

 

ED FRINGE QUICK FIRE ROUND

Best thing about performing at the fringe?

Making people laugh.

 

The most challenging thing about performing at the fringe?

Making people laugh.

 

What three items are essential for a successful Fringe?

A waterproof jacket.

Paracetmol.

Comfortable shoes.

 

What’s the secret to successful flyering?

Being friendly, polite and resilient in bad weather. Or possibly large PR companies with an army of underpaid minions to do it for you. Who can say which approach is better?

 

What are the best venue’s at the fringe?

Too many to choose from! The Pleasance have a lot of great venues. But the shows are what matters, wherever they are on.