Chris Cantrill and Amy Gledhill are The Delightful Sausage & are coming back to Edinburgh this August. Which is absolutely brilliant news & as they are well funny. The Mumble managed to catch them for a wee blether
What is the secret formula for a funny joke?
CHRIS: Get yourself a ticket to the number 54 bus. Write down all the conversations you hear and occasionally slip ‘bum hole’ in.
How did you get into comedy?
AMY: During a dark period in my life, I was on the run – a fugitive from justice. The open mic comedy circuit provided the perfect opportunity to guarantee absolute anonymity and stay under the radar.
Which comedians inspire you, both old skool and on the scene today?
CHRIS: I’m a huge fan of alternative, surreal cabaret and there’s a pioneering Northern double act that we simply have to acknowledge when we’re talking about The Delightful Sausage. Two guys, three syllables – Cannon and –
For anyone who has not seen The Delightful Sausage in action, what shall they expect?
AMY: Dizziness, nausea and an intense urge to tell absolute strangers your full PIN number. It’s surreal, colourful bollocks which will blow your mind out yer arsehole.
Can you describe your working relationship with Amy in a single word?
Can you describe your working relationship with Chris in three words?
AMY: Strong and stable.
You’re washed up on a desert island with an all-in-one solar powered DVD/TV combo & three films, what would they be?
CHRIS: Probably American Psycho, Falling Down and Herbie Rides Again.
Last year your show went down really well with the reviewers, did that surprise you?
CHRIS: Is that a neg? To be honest, we were surprised that anybody came to see it at all. It’s so very, very strange and full of lumps.
Do Southerners laugh at your jokes?
AMY: It’s been much better since we’ve brought the interpreter on board.
What have you learnt about yourself as a human being in the last year?
AMY: I’ve learnt that I’ve got a propensity for aggressive script editing and the conflict management which that creates.
How has your show developed since last year?
CHRIS: We’re already incredibly proud of our new show. It’s an even stranger yet somehow more personal journey which we’ve managed to pack full with unsettling illustrations and tight, rock-hard gags.
You’ve changed venue this year, what’s the back story?
AMY: Last year we met John, one of the owners of Monkey Barrel after he came to see our show. We are really excited to be in a venue where we’ve seen a ton of our favourite acts. I’ll also be performing with Just The Tonic as I’m compering this year’s Big Value late show. Which is nerve-wracking but for two hours a day I’ll be allowed to wear my own clothes. Cowabunga.
Can you describe in a single sentence the experience of performing at the Fringe?
AMY: With its blissful highs and anxiety-filled lows, the Fringe is the best damn laxative on the planet.
What will you guys be doing after the Fringe?
CHRIS: Probably getting a black belt. It will help keep my trousers up. Just an example of the kind of fun I’ll be having as I return back to Manchester to entertain my partner who spends the month of August looking after our two-year-old. What a trooper!
Monkey Barrel Comedy Club
August 2-26 (12:00)