Flo & Joan are the multi-award winning British musical comedy duo, and sisters, Nicola and Rosie Dempsey. The piano/percussion pair have headlined and played to sold-out audiences across the UK, North America and Australia, and in 2019 recorded their first hour-long special and made their debut appearances at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with their latest comedy show and at the JFL Montreal Comedy Festival as part of the prestigious Brit(ish) lineup and at The Hasan Minhaj Gala.
A hugely acclaimed live act, their fourth Edinburgh show, Before the Screaming Starts, completely sold-out its run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, added extra shows to keep up with demand and will tour nationally through 2020. Their previous shows are Victory Flaps (2016), The Kindness of Stranglers (2017) and Alive on Stage (2018/19) which have been hits in both in the UK and internationally. Most recently, Alive on Stage completely sold out in Edinburgh adding five extra shows, and went on to have two runs at London’s Soho Theatre, a UK tour and a run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. The show was filmed for their first comedy special and is now available to watch worldwide on Amazon Prime. Their work has seen the pair winning awards and selections including Top 10 Show of the Edinburgh Fringe at the Amused Moose Comedy Awards, Chortle’s Best Music and Variety Act, Leicester Comedy Festival’s Best Musical Act, Montreal Sketchfest Best of the Fest Selection and Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival’s Now Magazine Audience Choice Award and Best of the Fest Selection.
They had a viral hit with their 2016 Song, which to date has received 47 million views across social media and was featured on Funny or Die, Comedy Central and the AV Club. They have written and performed songs for shows including Horrible Histories (CBBC), Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), BBC Radio 4’s The Now Show and Fresh From the Fringe and legendary Canadian television comedy programme This Hour Has 22 Minutes.
Independently, Nicola and Rosie trained in sketch and improv with the iO, Second City and Bad Dog Comedy Theatres in Chicago and Toronto, where Nicola was a musical director at the Second City Toronto’s Training Centre and Rosie was a member of their inaugural House Company.
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“Musical comedy hasn’t been in such safe hands for years”
“These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next.”
“[they] briefly appear to be a jolly musical double act, but tear that to pieces about two bars into the first, perfectly timed song”
“If Flanders & Swann and Flight of the Conchords and Garfunkel & Oates had a six-way time-travelling gang-bang that somehow mixed all their DNA, the offspring might end up sounding something like Flo and Joan.”
“This is the perfect blend of caustic wit and sheer nonsense”
‘Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes’
“one of the best hours you’re likely to see at this year’s Fringe”
Ross Crae, Sunday Post
“Endlessly charming, catchy, and bloody brilliant.”
“Incinerating, sing-song despair…gallivanting show-tune piano.”
The AV Club
West End Wilma
“A night that I won’t soon forget…an absolute must see.”
A Younger Theatre
“Flo & Joan are lyrical geniuses.”