Fring female comedy duos: Róisín and Chiara

Female Comedy Duos: Róisín and Chiara (Róisín O'Mahoney and Chiara Goldsmith)

Róisín O'Mahoney and Chiara Goldsmith imagine alternate lives to their comedy duo, as sculptors and Italian Mafia actors

Best mates who deliver improv, sketches, and stream-of-consciousness comedy tell us all about their love of each other's clothes and which one is a bacon thief.

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

Róisín: Chiara is two years older than me: ten years ago this felt like 15 years. I thought she was effortlessly chic and dangerously continental. She was wearing a 1940s navy wool suit and I gazed at her across the room with furtive admiration.

Chiara: Róisín's clothes.

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

Róisín: She's my best friend.

Chiara: Saves my bacon.

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

Róisín: She has a very loud and irritating voice.

Chiara: Eats my bacon.

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

Róisín: The star of an Italian Mafia drama where she plays a smooth-talking, cargo-pant wearing, nymphomaniacal criminal lawyer.

Chiara: Exhibiting sculptures at the MOMA.

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

Róisín: Someone who'd be willing to go method: Adrien Brody in drag?

Chiara: Paul Currie because of the physical resemblance.

Róisín & Chiara: Back to Back, Heroes @ Boteco, 3–26 Aug (not 8, 15, 22), 2.40pm, £5 in advance or donation at the venue.

Róisín and Chiara: Back to Back

  • 4 stars

Róisín and Chiara / Heroes A bubbling, slightly twisted blend of The Mighty Boosh, House of Pain and James Joyce. Call it stream-of-consciousness, messy art-house disco funk comedy. A two-woman character sketch comedy bonanza. These 'improvising geniuses' (FunnyWomen.com) guarantee a kaleidoscopic adventure of surreal…

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