"It’s quite meandering: a mixture of sketches, two-person stand-up, whatever occurs to us and feels funny and different" Idle chit-chat with Lazy Susan
Hey Susans, how the devil are you?
Absolutely loving life, thanks for checking in!
What have you been up to today?
Basically just over-heating in central London - who knew your heels could sweat?
I’m going to start as I mean to go on, stealing a question... this one’s from your website (paraphrased slightly)... who are you bitches?
We’re Freya and Celeste - a hybrid of Teesside and Wolverhampton blood mixed together and forced into one large-ish Lazy Susan.
Describe your comedy style.
Game-changing. Ha ha ha that is just a joke - one of those pesky little jokes we like to do! It’s quite meandering: a mixture of sketches, two-person stand-up, whatever occurs to us and feels funny and different.
Tell us what you can about your show for the Fringe in two sentences?
It’s probably our boldest / most ambitious show. It’s more about ‘us’ and what we’ve got to ‘say’ but don’t worry it’s also very ‘dumb’.
How many times have you been to the Fringe, and what’s your best memory?
This will be our fourth time. Best memory is always a toughie. Our nicest memories are probably just walking home together, eating crepes and talking about shows. That’s sort of the peak of things. Sorry everyone.
What do you do when you’re up at the Fringe?
We’re going to climb Arthur’s Seat and try and visit the beach. See lots of shows. Play frisbee. Basically just reclaim our childhoods.
And what about festivals, you’re doing Latitude this year, how do they differ from normal shows?
At festivals you often play in a big tent so it becomes an exercise in crowd control - people are walking in and out all the time. And often you’ll suddenly realise that there’s a family with young kids having a picnic right near the stage which is going to make some of your material feel extremely inappropriate.
The East Coast Listening Post. What is it?
It’s a show we wrote for BBC Radio 4 that’s a spoof of the very earnest, vocal fry laden American podcasts like Serial and This American Life. We play two American reporters who come over to the UK to investigate British life. There’s a new series out in January.
If you could choose, what would you actually want to be known for?
Freya Maybe a climber?!
Celeste It could still happen Freya!
You guys have done a bit of telly, if you could choose your perfect show to be on what would it be?
Freya Some sort of ensemble comedy like The Office (UK) or Game of Thrones if we can skip the sex and just do the fighting?
Celeste I actually would hate to be on Game of Thrones, I hate how they all talk, so act-ory. I would like to be in Search Party please! Thanks everyone.
The BBC have tried to get more female comedians on their panel shows by forcing the issue, what’s your experience of the gender imbalance in comedy?
It’s vast and needs to be addressed - as does the lack of diversity. Often our experience is that, with regard to gender, people in our industry now heed to the letter of feminism but not the spirit. So they know not to let men talk over you and stuff, but unconsciously they don’t take your ideas as seriously, they laugh less at your jokes, they do not trust that you are as capable as the men: that has to change. It would also be great if people wanted to give women and people of colour and LGBTQIA people not just a slot on a panel show - where often you have to play by the rules that have been set by the straight white men who created them - but have their own shows, where they can set the agenda and therefore flourish.
What more should promoters / punters / bookers be doing?
Taking responsibility for their line-ups. You don’t need to book all white guys, there’s no excuse. Also making sure that their acts can get back home safely - walk people to the tube, look out for any creeps in the audience who are making acts uncomfortable and make it clear to them that that is not ok.
Your retweet of Matt Lucas’ retweet made me spend 20 minutes watching the Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke when I should have been writing these question. So Twitter, waste of life or bringer of joy?
Freya My apologies (it was so good though!) Oh gaawd, Twitter. You can see something totally uplifting and utterly depraved in the same minute… I think it tips over the line into the waste-of-life category but only just.
Where’s the weirdest place you’ve gigged? We recently gigged in someone’s house, it wasn’t as awkward as you’d think.
What other comedian is worth checking out?
So many! The inimitable Lou Sanders. Luke McQueen. Sarah Kendall.
What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?
We think you were pretty thorough though just FYI our collective shoe-size is 10.
Finally, how do you take your coffee?
Freya With rice milk and a bit of honey (I’ve lived in London too long).
Celeste I would like to stress that I am very humble and have mine with just standard cow milk in an ugly, functional mug. But I am also still a bit of princess because I like boiling water in the mug first so it’s nice and warm cheers everyone.
Thanks so much for your time Freya and Celeste (I’m still a tiny bit disappointed you’re not both called Susan, though your real names are way cooler). Enjoy your Fringe experience.
Thank you! These questions were refreshingly bespoke.
PS. That Paul McCartney video was amazing.
Freya I watched it with my Scouser mum and we both cried.
Lazy Susan are performing Forgive Me, Mother! at the Assembly: The Box from 1st August – 27th August, 16:20, tickets on sale now.
You can find out more about the duo on their website, as well as follow them on Twitter or like them on Facebook.