Edinburgh Q&A

Hurt & Anderson answers 10 Edinburgh Fringe Questions

Image shows from L to R: Georgia Hurt, Laura Anderson.Georgia Hurt and Laura Anderson talk about performing on the Free Fringe, with their fourth Edinburgh show.

1. Tell us about your career so far. Are you happy with where you're at?

Laura: Since 2011 we have been performing at the Edinburgh Fringe in some way or another. This year we are taking our fourth show to the Edinburgh Fringe - Sketchbombs. We're convinced it is our best show yet and are hoping now we've started performing more regularly at open mics in London we are starting to build more of an audience.
Georgia: I think this is the year where we've started to take it all a bit more seriously. Before, it was mostly just a hobby and the Fringe was just a month of fun. I think we're more dedicated to building something now.

2. Describe your show in exactly 23 words.

Laura: Sketchbombs, sketchbombs, we are sketchbombs! And we can give you sketches, songs, silliness, satire and hilarity so why don't you come along?
Georgia: Snappy, fast paced, sketches with whimsical silliness and musical interludes covering everything from Game of Thrones to nuns, Tinder, David Attenborough and politics.

3. Why are you putting yourself through this famously stressful experience?

Laura: Because it's the most fun ever! Yes, you get nights where you bomb and you want to crawl into bed with a kilogram of chocolate and never leave, but the nights when you get great audiences who are screaming with laughter is one of the best feelings in the world. Plus it's a great opportunity to meet and make friends with other comedians.
Georgia: Simply because it's the best month you'll ever have and you can learn so much by being up there. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll drink way too much and you'll get inspired. It's awesome.

4. Any cunning plans to get more punters in?

Laura: We've found that flyering with Australian accents really works for us! Also we have about a thousand open spots booked at other shows. Georgia went a bit crazy.
Georgia: I panicked.

5. How much money do you think you'll lose/make this year?

Laura: We always make more than we spend putting the show on. That's one of the great things about being on the Free Fringe - you're much more likely to make a profit.
Georgia: The Free fringe is the best way to do it for newer acts like us. We don't have to worry too much about profits or ticket sales and can just focus on the show and making it the best it can be.

6. What's your weirdest past Fringe experience?

Laura: Having some Christians trying to convert me whilst I was flyering. I only agreed to accept Jesus into my heart if they turned up to the show. They lied and didn't. Obviously they weren't great Christians.
Georgia: I once accidentally tried to flyer David Hasselhoff. He laughed in my face. Bastard.

7. What other shows are you hoping to see?

Laura: In Cahoots is number one on my list. I genuinely think they're the best sketch act around at the moment. Also Bridget Christie, James Veitch and Showstoppers, to name but a few.
Georgia: Pippa Evans, Nina Conti: In Your Face, James Veitch and The Room: The Musical.

8. If you took over programming a venue, what would you perfect line-up of comedians be?

Laura: Josie Long, Stewart Lee, Tim Minchin, Eddie Izzard and Monty Python.
Georgia: Josie Long, French and Saunders, Loretta Maine, Monty Python and Nina Conti.

9. Name the one person you'd rather not bump into during the festival.

Laura: The ex-boyfriend we wrote an "erectile dysfunction" song about. Awkward.

10. Why should audiences pick your show over the 1,700+ other comedy offerings at this year's festival?

Laura: As far as I can see from the guide, we are the only sketch and musical female double act on the Free Fringe this year. So if you want that incredibly specific sort of comedy for absolutely nothing, do come along.
Georgia: Laura has literally spent hours searching the guide and comparing the shows to find out this information. You should come so those hours weren't in vain.

'Hurt and Anderson: Sketchbombs' is at 12pm at The Newsroom on 6-10, 12-16, 18-23, 25-30 August. Listing