Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Hull Comedy Festival
Gin and Comic is a show, which involves stand up comedy, interactive gin-themed games and gin-themed prizes.
What inspired you to make a show centred on gin?
I originally wrote a solo show titled Gin and Comic, which I performed at a couple of festivals. Dawn has experience in hosting parties so we were asked to do a gin comedy show and we started to include games and more audience interaction. It seemed to work well and now we take festival and private bookings.
Obviously you share a love for gin, but do you react to it in a similar way? Or is there a contrast in your individual styles when there’s gin involved?
I guess the gin makes us a little louder (I’m told my voice goes higher when I drink), which is a bonus if the microphone ever lets us down.
What made you want to collaborate on a show rather than put on separate ones?
Dawn and I have been friends for a few years and we both saw an opportunity to jump on the gin wagon. Working together, each with our own comedic styles, offers the audience a mixed show. We still perform comedy separately but the show enables us to dick about a bit more and go off script if we need to.
Why did you choose to include the audience so much in your show?
The show works much better when we include the audience. We play games and offer gin prizes, which the audience seem to love. Who wouldn’t want to win a free box of gin chocolates or bath salts? Dawn enjoys singing and dancing with them. I think the interaction makes the audience feel more involved and part of something.
With the combination of gin and audience participation, how messy do your shows typically get?
They don’t necessarily get messy but we do have a range of props on stage. The only mess would be gin spillages, which is something Dawn and I would never allow. Dawn would be the most likely to lick the floor.
What’s your favourite reaction you’ve ever had to one of your gin-themed games?
Probably my new game ‘Spin for Gin’ which is a prize wheel. A guy was playing and tried to steal my glass of gin – I ended up chasing him around the table. The audience loved it – I was deadly serious!
What do you hope people take away from your show?
That they’ve experienced something a little different from conventional comedy nights or afternoons. Also that they have had fun and want to return.
Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Hull Comedy Festival?
I would love to see other shows but I’m only there for the evening. I’ll probably try to arrive early though and catch a couple – I need to see the line ups.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?
Give it a go even if it’s just to tick off the bucket list. If you’re considering a comedy career be prepared for lots of travelling, unpaid gigs, long nights and chasing promoters for work or progression.
Lindsey and Dawn are performing Gin and Comic on 9th November.