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Flo & Joan: The Kindness of Stranglers review


Ian Cater, Chief Features Writer

Flo & Joan have the world of musical comedy at their feet after this faultlessly entertaining show.

Musical comedy duo Flo & Joan attracted quite a buzz ahead of the Fringe.  This wasn’t due to the title of their new song, Save The Bees, but because many saw comparisons to the fantastic Flight of the Conchords.  On the evidence of this faultless, enjoyable show, The Kindness of Strangers, the buzz was entirely justified.  English sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey – recently returned from Canada and signed to Avalon – have some great years ahead of them.

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Category: Comedy

Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffle: Indeed and Common, Edinburgh Previews

In our seventh and final Edinburgh preview, Ian Cater meets Tom Allen and Suzi Ruffle to discuss their excellent stand-up shows, Indeed and Common.  The pair – close, like-minded friends for years and now popular podcast co-hosts – are performing separately at the Fringe, but touring together afterwards.  This combination seems set to prove a great success as their favoured themes neatly overlap and their comedy styles balance nicely.

“We bonded years ago,” Tom Allen explains, “over a dreadful gig we did for a gay charity.”  He’s talking about his friend and fellow comedian, Suzi Ruffell, with whom he’ll soon tour nationwide once the Fringe is over.  “We realised we both like being alternative, slightly irreverent voices with our skewed views of the world.”

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Category: Comedy