Fringe female comedy duos: Maddie Campion and Lovedoll

This article is from 2018.

Female Comedy Duos: Maddie Campion and Lovedoll (Maddie and LD)

Maddie Campion and Lovedoll / credit: Karla Gowlett

The world's first human-doll comedy act spill the beans about their unusual relationship

We chat to Maddie Campion (and her lovedoll) about- well- lovedolls, as they prepare for her 2018 Fringe show 20 Uses for a Lovedoll.

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

Maddie: We met at a speed awareness course and on the first day LD had parked in front of the entrance to the community centre where it was being held. Someone asked her if she could move her car but she said 'no' so we all had to squeeze past to get inside.

LD: I remember Maddie introducing herself and I was like 'OK, you're leading this speed awareness course?' She was 'no'. She just has that vibe.

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

Maddie: We can bounce ideas off each other and we make each other laugh!

LD: Maddie brings out a lot of great qualities in myself that I often forget I have.

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

Maddie: I mean, LD sometimes can often behave like she's just a solo act.

LD: Maddie isn't as wise as me, she just says yes to everything. We did this preview in a church hall to a bunch of scouts and midway through, the leader stopped us and was like 'can you stop swearing please and wrap this up with a clear anti-drugs message!' Maddie said yes to that gig and yes to that scout leader.

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

Maddie: LD had an audition for The Cursed Child but instead of sending them her self-tape, she accidentally emailed a vlog she'd made about Shrek 2. Maybe she could be on Broadway right now?

LD: [after taking a long drawn-out breath from her vape pen] Selling soap.

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

Maddie: I am pretty much obsessed with every female comedian! I'd love to work with them all, maybe at the same time, like a comedy Broken Social Scene.

LD: I guess I could do great things with every comedian. I am undeniably talented. Beth Stelling is my current fave though, so I'd pick her.

Maddie Campion: 20 Uses for a Lovedoll, Just the Tonic at The Caves, 4–26 Aug (not 13), 6.15pm, £5 (£4). Previews 2 & 3 Aug, £4 (£3). Pay in advance or donations at the venue.

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