"I'm a bit down in the old dumps to honest; had my favourite jacket nicked" Idle chit-chat with The Pin

Hello The Pin, how the devil are you?

Ben: Fantastic! Just got myself a great new jacket, so yeah, chuffed.

Alex: Bit down in the old dumps to honest; had my favourite jacket nicked.

What have you been up to today?

B: Met up to go through some newspaper Q and A's.

A: Yep. About thirty seconds into that, all told.

You don’t seem to have a bio on your website, so tell us about yourself, in the style of a haiku.

B: Easy: "We are a comedy duo, we do a Radio 4 show, and an animated thing on BBC3 about paintings."

A: What's a haiku?

B: A straight-talking informative man.

Describe your comedy style.

A: Whatever really, jeans, jumpers, sometimes a smart shirt.

B: Thick.

A: Haha...What?

B: You’re a thick man.

Tell us what you can about your new show for the Fringe, in two sentences?

B: Two warm-up performers bemoan their lot backstage before getting the chance to take over from the main act.

A: As the characters of the warm-ups in the show are we meant to know that, or-

B: Don't interrogate it.

How many times have you been to the Fringe, and what’s your best memory?

A: This is our fourth Fringe as a pair.

B: Feels like a lot more. A hell of a lot more.

A: Favourite memory: seeing fantastic comedy shows and enjoying beer with friends.

B: Getting tanked and kicking a duck. Completely dead afterwards.

Tell us about your BBC Radio Four show?

A: It's a live audience sketch show presented by us with a little story each episode.

B: All three series available to download on iTunes and Audible.

A: The hard sell - better.

You’ve a nice set of quotes and awards/nominations on your website, what’s the nicest thing anyone’s said about you guys so far?

A: "Alex, I can now officially announce that you're in The Pin, and are coming up to the Fringe"

B: Yep, felt nice to tell him that. It’s been a momentous morning actually.

Who would win an arm wrestle?

B: Me.


That’s a game of brawn, in a game of reactions, like slapsies (aka the hand slap game), who’d win that?

B: Martin Forjken. A man of such speed and guile that we never realised he’s in The Pin.

A: Good little performer, if only we could get him to stick around to do a show.

Your “Splitting the bill at the Last Supper” skit seems to have drummed up some trolls on YouTube, does that mean you’re doing your job right?

A: Keeps me up at nigh-

B: Don’t care.

A: Don’t care, yeah.

You guys are on Twitter, so is it a place for genuine discussion and debate by well-informed individuals or a smorgasbord of vile humans arguing with each other?

B: Both.

A: Yeah interesting, I’m really looking forward to being allowed to log in to our account and fire some tweets off. I’m still on probation re: ‘doing things’ after I threw Ben’s acacia plant out a third story window (fwiw, I was trying not to)

When was the last time you were starstruck?

B: I don’t go in for any of that. That said, I saw Rhodri Giggs on the canal in 2012. He’s a fine man.

A: Meeting Mandela.

What other comedian is worth checking out?

B: Rob Carter (aka Christopher Bliss)

A: I think Ben’s got a lot of real talent on stage. I say 'Come to our show to see him, stay for the boon of not being rude to leave.'

What’s the question we should have asked you today but haven’t?

B: That’s it. That’s the question.

A: Close one. Thought you were going to avoid it altogether but no, fair play.

Finally, how do you take your coffee?

B: Black.

A: Black. With a lot of milk. Ideally cream.

Thanks so much for your time The Pin. Enjoy your Fringe experience.

B: Thank you, go well and respect your body.

A: Cheers Benny.

B: Sit down.

A: Innit - enjoy a chair if you got one.
To catch The Pin at the Edinburgh Fringe you'll have to make your way to the Pleasance Courtyard at 8pm. Tickets are available now.

To find out more about the boys visit their website, or follow them on Twitter.

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