Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Jessie Cave & Emer Kenny on friendship

True friendship is 'being able to cry in front of them for no reason. Or emoticons.'


This article is from 2014.

Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014 interview: Jessie Cave & Emer Kenny on friendship

Comedy buddies Jessie Cave and Emer Kenny are tackling various things with their Fringe team-up including notions of friendship in this crazy, tech-heavy modern age. We paged them some questions on the subject and they faxed answers back.

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Emer Kenny has had to cancel her Fringe engagement this year. Which really puts a hole in our 'aren't they just the most inseparable best friends?' concept, but here it is anyway.

Can you tell us a little bit about your earliest best friend and whatever became of them?
My first best friend was Suzie who I met at secondary school when I was 11 and I found her incredibly funny. We were losers together.
Emer: My brother Liam and my sisters Viv and Beth. Although I would often fall out with my sisters about which member of Destiny’s Child we were. I AM NOT MICHELLE.
A mum can never be a daughter’s best friend: true or false?
My mum is without a doubt my best friend. True.
Emer: That is a ridiculous statement. I tell my mum everything. Even things she doesn’t want to know.

If you could be friends with one very famous person (preferably real and alive), who would it be and why?
I would like to be friends with Roseanne Barr. I am in awe of her and grew up watching Roseanne with my mum.
Emer: Lisa Snowdon. I just want to know if George Clooney is gay or not.

If you could be friends with a fictional character, who would it be and why?
Alex from The Secret World of Alex Mack so she could move stuff with her mind for me.
Emer: Moesha. My mum wouldn’t let me watch it when I was younger because she talked about sex (with Usher) so I’d like to catch up on everything I missed.

Circle of Friends or Peter’s Friends or How to Lose Friends and Alienate People?
I don’t know these things, sorry.
Emer: What are you talking about?
Have you ever had to tell someone to their face that your friendship was at an end?
Face to face!?!?!?! I live my life via text and emoticons, so no.
Emer: No, but once I accidentally pushed a famous singer over in a club and she said we would never be friends.

Friends Reunited or Friendface?
I don’t know any of these things, sorry again.
Emer: I don’t have anyone to be reunited with. My whole reception class is on Facebook.

Who was your least favourite character in Friends and why?
Joey, but now I love him in Episodes strangely.
Emer: Monica, because everyone said I was like her. I AM NOT LIKE MONICA.

What symbolises true friendship?
A series of ambiguous emoticons for no reason.
Emer: Being able to cry in front of them for no reason. Or emoticons.

Jessie Cave and Emer Kenny: Grawlix, Laughing Horse @ Espionage, 477 7007, 31 Jul – 25 Aug, noon, free.

This article is from 2014.

Jessie Cave + Emer Kenny: Grawlix

Jessie Cave and Emer Kenny / Free Festival Grawlix: A spiral-shaped graphic used to indicate swearing in comic strips. A string of typographical symbols, especially "@#$%&!". Under 18s cannot attend this show due to licensing restrictions at the venue. Age category: 16+


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