Fringe female comedy duos: Croft & Pearce

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Female Comedy Duos: Croft & Pearce (Hannah Croft & Fiona Pearce)

Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce / credit: Steve Ullathorne

Hannah Croft and Fiona Pearce reveal all about timekeeping, sweet potatoes and multiple Fionas

The Radio 4 sketch and character duo have worked together in the comedy game for seven years, but have known each other for much longer: yes, they were pals at school. Here, they spill as many beans as they can get away with before heading to the Fringe for a Double Take.

What one thing do you remember most about how you met each other?
Hannah: We first met in sixth form when Fi joined my school. I remember seeing her sitting alone in the common room and thinking 'look at that friendless loser … I think I've found a kindred spirit!' And I was right.

Fiona: In those days Hannah's outfits were fully colour-coordinated, so what I remember most about her is 'PURPLE'.

What's the best thing about working with the other one?
Fiona: Hannah is normally late so every time we're due to work together I get five minutes feeling like I'm really on top of my life.

Hannah: Because Fi's normally on time, I'm forced to come up with increasingly creative reasons for my lateness, so she keeps me on top of my game.

What's the worst thing about working with the other one?
Hannah: Sometimes I feel like she's only in it for the almost-no-money.

Fiona: She takes half of everything I earn.

If your comedy partner hadn't become part of a double act, what do you think she would have done with her life?
Fiona: Hannah likes holidays and cake so I guess 'Diabetic Tour Guide'?

Hannah: Fi likes poetry and sweet potatoes so I guess she'd be unemployed but with a really healthy digestive tract?

If your current comedy partner was suddenly unable to work with you ever again, which famed comedian would you headhunt to replace them?
Fiona: First off, I'd be very suspicious about all this 'suddenly unable' stuff. And then I'd start to wonder if there was any mileage for a true crime series in it. So I'd probably branch off into broadcasting and recruit Fiona Bruce as my partner. Or Fi Glover. For their names, obviously.

Hannah: When the three Fis finally tracked me down, they'd find me all buddied up with Tina Fey. I guess we'd be chilling out at her place (which would be much nicer than Fi's) and drinking coffee together (I bet she'd have a Nespresso machine) while I wrote down all her ideas.

Croft & Pearce: Double Take, Underbelly Bristo Square, 6–26 Aug, 2pm, £10–£11 (£9–£10).

Croft & Pearce: Double Take

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Vivienne Smith Management Stars of BBC Radio 4's The Croft & Pearce Show and Sketchorama, winners of the Mervyn Stutter Spirit of the Fringe Award, recipients of the official Fringe Total Sell-Out Show Laurel (for their last appearance in 2016) and Whats On London Comedy Award nominees 2017. This BBC Next Big Thing…