Fringe comedy debut: Kelfi & Fikel
Musical comedy duo appaears for the first time at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2013
This article is from 2013.
What do you think might work out as the best piece of advice you receive ahead of your Fringe debut?
Fi: We are both singers, and our show is about 65% singing, so the best advice I’ve had so far is from an Aussie comedian called Julia Wilson who has done numerous festivals, and that was for us to look after our voices daily, lots of garlic, lemon and honey, and vegetables. And not too much alcohol.
Kel: Quite a few Edinburgh-experienced Aussie comics have been saying to me, just have a ball and go there purely for the experience with no expectations of grandeur or making loads of money. Great advice in my book.
What do you expect will be the least useful piece of advice?
Share a bed, you’ll be fine. (We are sharing a bed)
Imagine this is September: looking back at August, what would constitute a successful Fringe?
Fi: A lot of new people coming to see the show, lots of laughter, trying haggis, having a great time with like-minded people, taking our show to the next level with new fresh and exciting audiences that bring new perspective.
Kel: Wanting to go back and do it again the following year!
In krugerrands, how much do you expect to lose during the Fringe?
Nothing, because from the get-go we’ve had very low expectations as far as making money. If we cared about money we wouldn’t be wearing the clothes we have on today.
Back in the old days, there used to be a thing called ‘the festival shag’. Is this ancient tradition likely to play any part in your thinking during August?
We don’t know of this ‘thing’ but we like the sound of it! We’re both single and in our 30s so bring it on.
Back in the old days, comedians would drink alcohol solidly for a whole month and still manage to get out and do their show every day: how much are you likely to imbibe per day?
Fi: I’ve been drunk since I was 18. In fact, I’m drunk right now.
Kel: I will try to behave myself, but if I am a little effected by alcohol it’ll just make Fi twice as entertaining and a better kisser onstage.
What qualities do you expect from a Fringe venue?
Fi: I really don’t have any expectations of Fringe venues, I’ve seen people perform in anything from a town hall to a drain pipe. But we’re lucky enough to be in the Gilded Balloon.
Kel: Good qualities, if not, qualities that build character.
Will you read your reviews before your run is over and if so, how do you think they will affect you as a comedian and as a human being?
Fi: Yes. Every time I’ve known there is a reviewer coming out, I’ve sat in bed writing a list of affirmations, so that if we get a bad review I can recite them to myself in the mirror.
Kel: At the moment, yes. I try to give just as much importance to audience reviews as I would to a ‘reviewer’. I guess, to remind myself that it’s just one person’s opinion. Sure, an opinion that may influence many, but at the end of the day, to keep loving what we are doing I can’t let it affect me too much whether the review is bad or brilliant.
Next year, will you consider returning as a double act?
Kel: No … I mean yes.
If you are in a double act, will you consider returning solo next year?
Fi: Not without Kel.
Kel: Not without Fi.
Do you undertake any superstitious rituals before going on stage?
Yes. We can’t go into detail, we will say however that it does involve pubes and scissors.
If you were about to perform at the Fringe for your tenth year, where would you expect your career to be at that point?
Fi: I’d love to have our own television show and done at least one run of My Fair Lady and played Professor Higgins as a drag king.
Kel: Somewhere that is surprising I hope. As long as my career isn’t over I will be happy. I have no doubt that Fi will play Professor Higgins on the West End or in her lounge room. That is something I will definitely be expecting.
Gilded Balloon Teviot, 622 6552, 2–25 Aug (not 12), 9.30pm, £9.50–£10.50 (£8.50–£9.50). Previews 31 Jul & 1 Aug, £6.