Fringe female comedy duos: Lola & Jo

This article is from 2018.

Female Comedy Duos: Lola & Jo (Lola Stephenson and Joanna Griffin)

Lola and Jo: Lola Stephenson and Joanna Griffin / credit: James Deacon

Lola Stephenson and Joanna Griffin reveal why they're a great comedy fit

Character comedians, crips lovers, and keen friends, Lola and Jo tell us what they first thought of each other, down to the last greasy hair.

What one thing do you remember most about how you met each other?

Lola: Jo had a really bad camel toe but a fantastic smile.

Jo: Lola had incredibly greasy hair but wonderful cheekbones.

What's the best thing about working with the other one?

Lola: A shared appreciation of crisps and our Two Together Railcard with 30% discount on train fares.

Jo: Lola's very needy, which is really good for my self-esteem. She replies to my WhatsApps before I've even sent her one.

What's the worst thing about working with the other one?

Lola: No complaints here. It's a perfect partnership, well-balanced, productive and respectful.

Jo: Lola can be quite controlling. For example, she's actually answering this question for me right now.

If your comedy partner hadn't become part of a double act, what do you think she would have done with her life?

Lola: Become a criminal or a social worker.

Jo: The Mayor of London.

If your current comedy partner was suddenly unable to work with you ever again, which famed comedian would you headhunt to replace them?

Lola: Mae Martin, Katy Wix, Lou Sanders, Phoebe Walsh, Lolly Adefope, Rose Matafeo, Emma Sidi, Lucy Pearman, Helen Duff, Rosie Jones, Flo & Joan, Róisín & Chiara. Ideally one of those, but to be honest anyone really, so I don't have to be on my own.

Jo: I can't even comprehend a world without Lola, so would prefer not to answer this question. No further comment. Thank you.

Lola & Jo: Focus Groupies, Underbelly Cowgate, 4–26 Aug (not 13), 4pm, £9–£10 (£8–£9). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £6.50.

Lola and Jo: Focus Groupies

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