Short & Curly talk about trying to recapture youth in their Edinburgh Fringe show YOUNG AT START
Name: Short & Curly
Name of Edinburgh show: Young At Start
Venue: Pleasance THAT
Performance time: 4.30
Show length: 1 hour
Ticket price: £6(preview) £8-£10
Can you tell me a little bit about yourself and your performing background?
Short: I trained as an actress but always had a natural affinity with the comedy roles as my inner clown would always come out to play. So I started creating my own work in a sketch comedy group called Triple Threat and haven’t looked back since.
Curly: I started out as a Stand-up comedian, turns out I didn’t really want to be an I.T. consultant after all. All of my skills I’ve got have been learnt through doing it.
Tell me about your show, what it is all about?
Short: Curly is about to turn 40 and he’s freaking out that without youth on his side he’s not going to be successful so tries to recapture his youth by looking back.
Curly: I guess I could say it’s about the futility of trying to regain your youth or how ageism stops us from truly performing what we can. But really, it’s a structure for us to be able to do the silliest show we can.
How long have you been working on this show and what is it that makes it relevant to audiences in 2018?
Short: We’ve been working on it since early 2017 we planned on bringing it to Edinburgh last year but I went and got diagnosed with a genetically inherited heart condition which was quite life changing so it got put on hold.
Curly: Yeah, we had quite a distracted year with Short’s heart diagnosis, so we had to pick this show up again this year and find a new way to spin it. To me the show is a full-on, balls out attempt to entertain as broad an audience as possible, thinly disguised as a man dealing with a midlife crisis.
Do you have any top tips for surviving the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – both for performers and visitors to the event?
Short: For performers; Take care of yourself, eat good food, get good sleep. Stay happy and remember the world is still spinning regardless of Edinburgh.
Curly: For punters; Take a punt on something you wouldn’t normally see and not just someone you’ve seen on TV.
What has been the funniest or most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you on stage?
Curly: I was coming down with a cold and I had a drippy nose that started to drip during a romantic song we sang to each other. For some reason I was unable to wipe the snot away and as I was singing the drip was getting longer and longer. Short had no idea as we were singing back to back. As we turned to face each other for a finale kiss the snot slapped Becky in the face. I think it took the romance out of the scene but the audience thought it was funny.
Who are your biggest inspirations in the industry and why?
Short: All the Julies. Julie Walters – she’s just an amazing comedic actress. Julia Davies – again very funny. Julie Andrews – voice of an angel.
Curly: I’ve always been drawn to organised chaos in comedy. We Are Klang, Pappys, Tony Law. Love that kind of stuff.
Do you have any pre-show rituals?
Short: Warm up. Rubber chicken
Curly: Lucozade. Frown into a mirror for a bit.
What other acts are you looking forward to seeing at Edinburgh Fringe?
Short: I always look forward to Kill The Beasts latest creation. And I’m also looking forward to seeing The Beast Boys solo shows; Owen Roberts and Ciaran Dowd.
Curly: I’m looking forward to that person that I currently do not know that I will love after this fringe.
Why do you think people should come and see your show over the thousands of others on at the fringe?
Short: No matter what age you are we will bring out your inner child. It’s easy to watch and we’ll bring you joy. Plus Curly gets his willy out.
Curly: Our show is a high energy, sweat filled, feel good fun fest. If you need to cheer up I think you could do worse than come to Young At Start.