Tell us about the show you’re bringing to the Vault Festival.
Suitable is the show we took to Edinburgh in 2019. It is 25 sketches in 55 minutes and Edinburgh loved it – we sold out, received 5 star reviews and got our way on to the BBC. We also broke a guitar and booked our trains for the wrong day #staygrounded.
It’s a load of fun. Often silly, sometimes clever, always funny. You should definitely come.
Where do you get your ideas for sketches?
Now this is going to start off like a thoroughly dull start to a sentence but stay with us. Basically, we spend a lot of time sitting and thinking of ideas. Sometimes ideas are very nice and they plop into your brain with no effort at all and you say ‘thank you very much’ and write it down.
Other times you spend a whole day specifically thinking of ideas and all you can muster is ‘gosh I’ve been in this cafe a while.’ Those days are best remedied by getting together and trying to make each other laugh.
Our sketches always come from an impetus that has made us laugh which we then structure into a scene through improvisation, writing and loudly saying NO, A LEMUR WOULD BE FUNNIER THAN A FERRET YOU IDIOT.
Where did the idea come from to incorporate music into your show?
We’ve put a lot of subliminal messaging in to our music to help fund our sideline in big-Pharma. This corporate sponsorship hides behind well crafted jokes and upbeat music in an attempt to monopolise the drugs market. Just normal stuff.
What is your process for structuring a full length show around a number of short sketches?
We write as much as we can based on what is amusing us at the time and we come up with a shortlist that is probably better described as a really massive list. This gets whittled down with time, dependent on how well the development process goes. Is it still making us laugh? Do preview audiences like it? Are we trending on Twitter ‘cause of how bad it is? That kind of stuff. We aim to have around 25 sketches, some recurring gags and a bunch of songs.
How did Just These Please come together as a group?
Philippa, Will and Georgie all met doing comedy together and Tom – the token Maritime Lawyer – was busy lawyering. In between settling disputes between oysters and molluscs (or whatever it is Tom does) he was writing sketches and sharing them with Will who, like some sort of headhunter, hunted the heads of Georgie and Philippa.
Essentially, Tom and Will had written a load of stuff and wanted to start a sketch group so they found two very funny friends who had also written a load of funny stuff and we started doing it together. Hooray!
How did you get into sketch comedy?
To start in sketch comedy you have to pay an existing sketch group £27,000 and they let you in the secret club. So we basically gave a big old wad of cash to Mitchell & Webb and started writing. Anyone looking to start themselves, please send us a cover letter, a nice selfie and £27,000 cash.
You had a five star sell out run in Edinburgh in 2019. What do you have planned to top that in 2020?
We would really love to get a six star review so if there’s any maverick reviewers out there bumping up their ratings, hit us up.
Mainly we want to give our audience a really great time – we have a quite a loyal audience and we want to give them the best we can. You know, like a 6 out of 5 good time.
What do you hope people take away from your show?
Please don’t take anything away, we paid a lot of money for the set.
Are there any other shows you’re looking forward to at the Vault Festival?
It is an amazing festival and there is so so much stuff to see and the atmosphere is brilliant. We love it. We often work with Jack Mosedale who is a hilarious performer and writer so this year we’re particularly looking forward to his show Mother as well as I’ll Wait by Harrie Hayes, The Tempist by Mairead Doyle and Denied by Connie Wookey.
Do you have any advice for anyone looking to break into comedy?
Don’t call yourselves Just These Please – turns out people think you’re just saying ‘Just These’ and then being polite.
Just These Please are performing at Vault Festival on 13th, 20th and 27th February.