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London Sketchfest 2014: Pappy’s Interview

21 March 2014 Tom Butler

"Tom and I really fancy Rebekah Brooks. There's something very sexy about someone with absolutely no morals."

London Sketchfest was established in 2013 as an alternative to the more mainstream comedy festivals you see year on year. Following on from a sell out in its inaugural year the festival is back bigger and better this year at the Backyard Comedy Club in Bethnal Green. We caught up with Matthew Crosby from comedy trio Pappy’s who have the honour of opening the festival this year.

London Calling: For anyone who has never seen one of your shows before, what should they expect?

MC: It's a sketch show. Three guys dicking around onstage for roughly an hour. We sing a few songs, do some characters, and try to make the audience laugh as much as we can. Then we get the train home.

LC: How much improvisation goes on between you on stage?

MC: That depends on the audience. We mess around about as much as an audience will allow us. Most of our improvisation is out of necessity as we've never been very good at learning lines.

LC: You all share a flat together. Which one of you has the worst habit? Which one of you is the slob? Which one the most anally retentive?

MC: We only live together on TV (and in our podcast, Flatshare Slamdown). In reality if we lived together we wouldn't still be working together. We'd have murdered each other by now.

LC: Which one of you is the funniest?

MC: It's either Tom or Ben. Or me. Or perhaps someone else? Wait, I know this one. No, it's gone.

LC: What’s on your bucket list?

MC: Carry some water, make a sandcastle, wear on head like Ned Kelly.

LC: Who was your first crush on? Ever have one that was embarrassing/odd?

MC: Tom and I really fancy Rebekah Brooks. There's something very sexy about someone with absolutely no morals.

LC: What’s your guiltiest pleasure?

MC: See the last question.

LC: Have your parents ever told you to get a ‘proper job’?

MC: This is an awkward question - and you weren't to know - but, tragically, all our parents were killed at a careers fair.

LC: Bourbon or Custard Cream?

MC: Bourbon day-to-day; custard cream as treat.

LC: Why should people go and see you at Sketchfest?

MC: Because it would be awkward if no one shows up. Comedy needs an audience. Otherwise, it'd be three guys in a room on their own, shouting.

London Sketchfest 2014 takes place from the 1st -4th May. For more information about the festival and to book tickets please click here.

 
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