That Pair are a comedy sketch duo made up of long-lasting friends Kat Bond and Lorna Shaw. They are silly and upbeat, contrasting and complimenting their humour with more serious themes such as financial issues and the effects of gender stereotyping. As well as being featured on Radio 4’s Sketchorama, they reached the final of the Funny Women Awards in 2012 and have since been receiving great critical acclaim for their 2013 show Never Liked Her Anyway. That Pair are currently performing their latest show Letting It Go at the Edinburgh Festival.
I asked That Pair these seven questions to learn a little more about them…
1) Do you feel that life is too serious?
KB: I take life too seriously. She (life) is always trying to be chilled but I wont let her.
LS: Are you serious? You’re seriously asking me that? Get serious! Life ain’t silly enough. I think we should all remind ourselves daily that everything in this world is made up and most of it is ridiculous. So break the rules, lighten up and enjoy the ride.
2) What gets you up in the morning?
LS: Not my alarm. I would snooze forever. The lure of a good cup of coffee usually works.
3) Which dessert is the king of all desserts?
KB: I love sticky toffee pudding with vanilla ice-cream. Makes me less serious.
LS: Banoffee pie. Tiramisu is my Queen and New York Cheesecake my Prince.
4) Are you helpful?
KB: I try to be but often get in the way
LS: When asked I will always help if I can. I don’t like to impose offers of help for fear of offending or being told to go away. Ouch.
5) Why do you choose to perform as characters?
KB: To escape. Just kidding. No, I’m not actually, to escape.
LS: My characters are generally funnier than me… and better looking.
6) Do you like to plan ahead?
KB: I like to the plan the past. Ignore the future and eat through the present.
LS: No. Planning years in advance scares the hell out of me. But sometimes it has to be done. I like to let things unfold like a rebellious origami swan.
7) What motivates you as a performer?
KB: I love the physical output. The endorphins.
LS: The drug that is laughter. The unifying experience of live performance. Deep eh? Oh and getting to dress up.