Sibling ribaldry: Twins, brothers and sisters at the Edinburgh Festival 2010
This article is from 2010.
Their publicity material says everything that we could ever say, and less: ‘Joanne Lau and Hannah Warman, twin sisters and stand-up comics united from opposite sides of the globe with completely different appearances, outlooks and parents, bring you a hilarious, insightful and unique stand-up comedy show.’
If you couldn’t live life to the speediest Havana second while handling a chilled mojito, brushing your facial hair, delivering wicked double entendres and doing a 40-45 minute solid session of sinew-worrying body-popping, you wouldn’t last very long
in this ‘famiglia’
Katia and Marielle Labèque
Katia and Marielle were born on the southwest coast of France near the Spanish border and were taught to play the old joanna by their Italian mum. They hit piano paydirt with their 1980 recording of ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ which sold over half a million copies.
Charlie and Lola
The terribly cutesy brother and sister double act from the Lauren Child book and telly series get together for more equally cutesy adventures in which Lola refuses to go to beddy-byes unless she gets a gallon of pink milk inside her tum-tum and Charliekins wonders whether he will ever have a friend with an even cooler name than Marv. Listen, you’d be talking like this too if the DVD box set was put on in your house every day for the past year when all you really want to watch is Sky Sports 3 for nine-hour stretches at a time.
We’ve all heard of the vampire ladies from Twins of Evil. But let us introduce you to the hairy gents who make up the Twins of Comedy. The Nelson boys have apparently had these beards since kindergarten in New South Wales and made a living impersonating the homeless. All they need now is for Lee Nelson and Mark Nelson to get roped into their gang and this will be getting like the Jacksons for pity’s sake.