Comedy sketch due Katie Norris and Sinead Parker have brought their show Norris & Parker; Burn the Witch to the Edinburgh Fringe this year following their successful 2017 show See You at the Gallows. The Student managed to catch up with them quickly to ask some questions about the show and their experiences of performing together.
What can audiences expect from your show this year?
Songs, sketches, sex witches, penis cliffs, stag parties, goats and a selection of vulnerable men.
When did you put on your first show? How did it all start?
Our first show was in a room above a pub in Manchester and we invited friends, family and one member of the general public who thought he was at our birthday party. The show featured a variety of terrible sketches including ‘little matchstick girl’, ‘two New York women’, and a parody of the exorcist where Parker pulled her pants down.
How did you first get into comedy and theatre? Is it an interest you have had for a long time?
We both met at drama school and discovered we shared a passion for The League of Gentlemen, Brass Eye, Father Ted, and anything by Julia Davis, which inspired us to create our own work.
Your website says that you are ignoring ‘pollution related acne’ and ‘a fear of terrorism on the [London] central line’ to come back to the Fringe. So why is it worth it? Why have you come back for another year?
We wanted to challenge ourselves and make a new show that was set in one world, that was ambitious and took risks. We also really enjoy paying £1000 for a small room above a baked potato shop with it’s own mouse for the month.
Does writing comedy feel like it comes naturally to you?
We like to find the absurdity in people and each other, and can communicate telepathically. If we get writers block we drink too much wine, which often results in either a massive row or a horrific sexual encounter which might end up going in the show.
What do you think are the most important ingredients in a seriously funny comedy show?
Our personal taste is dark, honest, wild, bold and ridiculous. Nothing too safe.
What is the best and worst reaction you have ever had to one of your shows?
A drunk woman pissed herself a couple of nights ago in the audience which we think was simultaneously the best and worst reaction we’ve had.
Will you be taking Burn the Witch to any other venues or festivals in the UK anytime soon?
We’re holding out for Australian comedy festivals.
Have any new ideas for shows crossed your mind? If so, and without giving too much away, what kind of ideas have you had?
Absolutely not. We’re far too preoccupied with this show currently. Although we do have a TV show optioned at the moment with Various Artists Limited, which is very different to Burn the Witch.
In three words, how would you NOT describe your show?
Family friendly entertainment.
Norris & Parker: Burn the Witch
Pleasance Courtyard – Beneath (Venue 33)
Until 26 August
Photo Credit: Impressive PR.