Fringe female comedy duos: Egg
- Brian Donaldson
- 31 July 2018
This article is from 2018
Anna Leong-Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini chew the fat over jokes about toast, and why foil tentacles brought them together
Egg are a comedy duo who either met up due to a common admiration for Josie Long or at a curious improv night. As they prepare to cook up a storm at this year's Fringe, we find out what they love (and don't love) about working together.
What one thing do you remember most about how you met each other?
Anna: I remember going to a Josie Long gig with Emily and some mutual friends, when we'd just started getting to know each other. We were sat two or three people apart but at one point Josie made a passing joke about marrying toast (guys, you had to be there) and we both started absolutely dying laughing. Emily's laughing made me crack up more (and vice versa) waaaaaaay past the point of acceptable behaviour, really embarrassing our friends and generally making tits of ourselves. That's when I knew it was meant to be.
Emily: We were doing an improv show with The One Hour Plays, and at the end, somehow, I was dressed as a bird, and Anna was a French octopus. We were fighting over a snorkel and I looked at her gorgeous face and foil tentacles and thought 'I never want to see these people again'. We have worked together since.
What's the best thing about working with the other one?
Anna: We're a really good fit with the other's strengths and weaknesses. One of us is the bricks and the other one is the cement. I'm not saying which, but the cement is really cool and funny. Also, we're kind to each other, which is great.
Emily: If I have a vague idea for something I find funny, but it's stuck and I can't quite get it out on paper, Anna absolutely will get it and always knows how to coax more out of it. She's like a really gentle laxative, keeping me regular.
What's the worst thing about working with the other one?
Anna: Emily is gluten intolerant but loves bread. I've learnt so much.
Emily: Anna has, over the years, taught me that it's not OK for me to have the punchline in every sketch. And I really dislike that about her.
If your comedy partner hadn't become part of a double act, what do you think she would have done with her life?
Anna: She'd basically be Donald Glover. I'm the only ballast keeping her down here with the mere mortals. You're welcome, y'all.
Emily: All the things she's already doing. Being a comedy double act does NOT pay the rent. She'd be acting, writing, improvising and ignoring my messages saying 'how about working together as a double act sometime?'
If your current comedy partner was suddenly unable to work with you ever again, which famed comedian would you headhunt to replace them?
Anna: Josie Long. That toast joke, man. I can't even.
Emily: Chelsea Peretti, because she is my spirit animal and we belong together. I might just call her anyway after this live show as Anna will never compare.
Egg: Richard Pictures, Pleasance Courtyard, 4–26 Aug (not 13), 6pm, £7–£10 (£6.50–£9). Previews 1–3 Aug, £6.