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 North America and the UK, will be recording their first television special in July and have won awards and selections including Chortle’s Best Music and Variety Act 2018, Leicester Comedy Festival’s Best Musical Act 2018, Montreal Sketchfest Best of the Fest Selection 2017 and Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival’s Now Magazine Audience Choice Award and Best of the Fest Selection 2017. They will be making their JFL Montreal Festival debut in 2019 as part of the prestigious Brit(ish) lineup.
Their third Edinburgh show, Alive on Stage, was completely sold-out its run at the Festival and added five extra shows to keep up with demand. It subsequently went on national tour through 2019 including two run at London’s Soho Theatre, followed by a run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Previously, their debut show Victory Flaps was announced as one of the Top 10 shows at the Fringe in the Amused Moose Comedy Awards. The show has since been released as an album available on Spotify and iTunes. 2017’s The Kindness of Stranglers completely sold out in advance and received a raft of positive reviews. The show has two runs at London’s Soho Theatre, was performed at Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival and has also been released as an album on Spotify and iTunes.
They had a viral hit with their 2016 Song, which to date has received 47 million views across social media. They have appeared Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central (Comedy Central), Canadian television comedy programme This Hour Has 22 Minutes and on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe and The Now Show as well as recording four songs for CBC Digital in Canada. The pair also run their own monthly residency at London’s Brasserie Zedel where they debut their latest material and are joined by special guests.
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. They have contributed material to BBC Radio 4Xtra’s Newsjack, been featured on Funny or Die, Comedy Central and the AV Club, and appeared in the JFL Eat My Shorts Finalist and Canadian Comedy Award Nominated short, Got Your Nose (Trophy Husbands).
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“These intricately crafted, flawlessly performed numbers will have you howling with laughter one minute, wiping away a tear the next.”
★★★★ The Telegraph
‘Their style is stiletto sharp, their diction perfect as they race through their complex rhymes’
“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.”
Steve Bennett, Chortle
“Endlessly charming, catchy, and bloody brilliant.”
“Incinerating, sing-song despair…gallivanting show-tune piano.”
The AV Club
“Every tune’s a winner.”
★★★★ The List
★★★★★ West End Wilma
“A night that I won’t soon forget…an absolute must see.”
★★★★★ A Younger Theatre
“Flo & Joan are lyrical geniuses.”
★★★★★ Fringe Biscuit