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BRIGHTON BITES: Zach & Viggo – Thunderflop

Our Brighton Bites series offers short, witty and slightly tongue-in-cheek insights into the offerings at England’s largest arts festival. Comedians Zach &Viggo tell us about bringing their show Thunderflop to The Warren, Brighton


How would you describe your show in one sentence?

A series of surreal and free-flowing vignettes exploring the depths of stupidity.

Is this your first visit to Brighton Fringe, if so what interesting tales have you been told about what to expect?

This is the first time in Brighton for the two of us so we’re coming in completely blind. We’ve heard some old folktale about an old woman who lives in an office in the middle of the sea but we also don’t remember where we heard that.

How has the show developed on the way to Brighton?

We’ve been performing Thunderflop for over 8 months now so the show is constantly evolving. We go out on stage every night in a state of exploration in hopes of discovering something new to try again the next night.

How have you been preparing for Brighton Fringe?

We really only do two things – hang out and perform. In 2016 we’ve done over twenty full-length shows between New York and Los Angeles tightening and refining the show. When we’re not on stage we’re doing bits and chatting nonsense to each other. If we make each other laugh in person then usually we’ll try it on stage that night. If it works, it’s in and if it doesn’t.. It never happened.

What do you think sets your show apart from all the other festival offerings?

The pleasure to be on stage. There is no one else in the festival that has as much fun as we do when we’re on stage together. One of the biggest lessons we learned from Philippe Gaulier was to play with the innocence of a child who can do no wrong. We approach everything from a place of fun as opposed to result-oriented material – always listening to the audience and never pushing our own agenda.

What’s the show that you don’t want to miss at this year’s Brighton Fringe (apart from your own!)?

We’re both really excited to see our labelmates Tessa Waters and Yeti’s Demon Dive Bar from Dead Man. Both of these shows did really well in Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane and Melbourne over the past few months and kick off their return to Europe in Brighton.

If your show was a flavour of Brighton Rock, what would it be?

We’d be chocolate chilli because it’s sweet and spicy in all the right ways, babeeey.

Thunderflopis being performed at The Brighton Fringe 6 – 8 May2016

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