Firstly massive congrats on your joint best newcomer awards at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival! Secondly, welcome to London!
It sounds like you have had a bit of a whirlwind summer since Melbourne: Singapore, Hong Kong, Canada, New York, Edinburgh and now London.
How's it been 'on the road'? What's a high and low point of your travels?
Matt: The lookout at the top of the rockerfeller building was definitely a high point (see what I did there...?). A low point was trying to eat healthily in Edinburgh. They're really not scared of a deep-fryer up there.
Ronny: The Road has been great! Meeting new people and seeing new places has been awesome. The high point has definitely being able to perform at the Montreal Just For Laughs festival and at the SOHO Theatre. What an honour! The low point was probably getting stuck in Hong Kong first with visa issues which I managed to resolve thanks to help from the Canadian government, but then with a category 10 typhoon that grounded all planes for about 36 hours. It all worked out in the end though, with minimal negative consequences.
Matt, how is London treating you so far?
Matt: London is ace! The Soho theatre is amazing. Heaps of great restaurants and bars around. The tube stations are much closer to each other than I expected though. I caught the train from Charring Cross to Embankment today. I don't think the train moved. I just got on at the front, walked to the back, and I was at my next stop.
Ronny, I read on twitter that a rude waiter in a Chinese restaurant made you homesick for Sydney! How is London treating you so far?
Ronny: Actually that happened to Matt, although I was there when it happened.
London has been really awesome. I have been really enjoying the great food here. And being able to be in the city at the same as the Olympics was a very rare experience! The city handled the influx of people wonderfully. At no point did I feel like the city was being overwhelmed during the Olympics.
Matt, your show is jam packed with stories featuring various fish and crustaceans (which is awesome by the way). Tell us more. Did you set out to write a sea life (and sea food) focussed show - or did the theme just emerge?
Matt: Can you believe I even went to the aquarium today? Because that's how I roll. Sea Life on and off stage. It's actually just a bid to get more mermaids at my show. Mermaids are great audience members. They usually laugh really loud, and it's very difficult for them to walk out.
Ronny, When asked, you have said that your style of comedy "is probably absurdist, observational and Olympian.’ Could you tell us more about the Olympian aspect? How do you view your physical prowess?
Ronny: Actually when I said Olympian I was just being absurdist. But thanks for reading that interview. I am a pretty athletic guy. I love playing sports. I don't think I will ever make the Olympics unless speed eating becomes an event. I eat pretty quick.
Matt, I understand you have been on the road with Ronny (you guys jointly won the best newcomer award in Melbourne)... how has that been? Will you guys miss each other after the tour is over?
Matt: Ronny's great fun to tour with! We play basketball together sometimes. Quite often people stop to watch because they mistake us for Michael Jordan and Jeremy Lin. How anyone could mistake me for Jeremy Lin, I don't know...
Same question to Ronny about Matt:
Ronny: The award is a huge honour! Matt is a great act, so it was awesome to be considered along with him. We have been touring together for almost 2 months now so we will definitely not miss each other at all.
What's next for you? Any exciting plans we should know about in the pipeline?
Matt: You wouldn't believe this, but I've just received an email from an African prince who has funds he wants to give me, so that's pretty cool. Aside from that, I've got a DVD of the show coming out soon, Sydney Fringe Festival in September, and there's a TV project in the works back home.
Ronny: I am heading back to Melbourne, Australia after the SOHO shows in London. I am trying to get some stuff going, but nothing for certain yet…
Fantastic. Thanks so much to both Ronny and Matt for answering our questions.