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Flo & Joan


Venue:The Newsroom, 5 - 11 Leith Street Edinburgh EH1 3AT
Phone: 0131 557 5830
Links: Click Here for venue details, Click here for map
Ticket Prices: Free  
Room: The Downstairs Bar
AUG 4-21 at 22:00 (60 min)
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“The tightest, smartest musical comedy show I’ve ever seen.” (phillysketchfest.com)
‘Victory Flaps’ is the brand new show from British musical comedy duo on the rise, and sisters, Flo & Joan (Nicola and Rosie Dempsey). Playing to sell-out audiences in Toronto, and fresh from the Second City Training Centre (HouseCo/Musical Director), they make their Edinburgh Fringe debut with an hour of dark, witty, yet charming songs, sans ukuleles. *Toronto Sketchfest Best of Fest Selection 2016 * Montréal Sketchfest Best of the Fest Invitation * Sketch Com-Ageddon finalists (Judges’ Pick, Audience Choice)*

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August 25, 2016  Fringe Biscuit
5 Star Review for Flo and Joan: Victory Flaps.
Flo and Joan: Victory Flaps. This musical comedy sister duo mocks millennial life with charm & wit. @FloandJoan are lyrical geniuses. 5/5 Click Here

August 25, 2016  KCW Today
Flo and Joan are ready to take on the world via the medium of song
Flo and Joan: Victory Flaps

Laughing Horse @ The Newsroom (Venue 93) until 21st August

Sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey, better known as Flo and Joan, spent two years living in Canada, but now they’re back to show the UK what it’s been missing: namely some of the sharpest comedy songs around. It might sound trite to compare them to the much-missed Victoria Wood, but the duo share Wood’s affection, attention to detail and peculiarly British turn of phrase, whether talking about dating, brunch or the horrors of ‘gap yah’ travelling types.

Performing in perfect unison with deadpan expressions, Flo and Joan are magnetic on stage and could easily charm larger venues than the Newsroom. Their simple tunes and loveably basic percussion are a welcome break from the vocal gymnastics most singers their age adopt. Not all of these songs will stand the test of time, but they tap into the zeitgeist and stay in your head long after you’ve headed off into the night.

Verdict: 5/5 Click Here

August 16, 2016  A Younger Theatre
5 Star Review for Flo and Joan
Sometimes, after a long day of seeing shows, or giving out countless flyers to hundreds of strangers on the Royal Mile (you’ll be in one of those two groups I’m sure), you just want to have a good rest and a laugh. But listen up, AYT readers – I’ve found one such little show that will be the perfect antidote to a long day at the world’s largest theatre festival.

Meet musical comedy duo Flo and Joan. They are sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey, taking their pseudonyms from their gin-loving old ladies they used to be neighbours with. Armed with a keyboard, a handheld drum kit made out of Pringle tubes and an acute eye for life’s little quirks, the two sisters are here to conquer Edinburgh’s Free Fringe at the Newsroom bar.

Their songs are comedic views on several things, including finding love in Little Chefs, saving the bees and finger buffets. This might sound like a bizarre combination of topics, but trust me on this one: it really works. The pair are absolutely hilarious; the stories in their comedic songs are perfectly executed, and are firmly cushioned by inventive, addictively simple melodies and harmonies to add a bit of sheen to their overall presence. Throw into the mix a very clever and witty mish-mash of different musical genres, firmly bound together by well-considered, tight lyrics.

The vibe that Flo and Joan both give off is warm and welcoming, and you can’t help but feel drawn into their madcap stories when you’ve settled down underground in the Newsroom’s basement. They joyfully and confidently set out to entertain and engage you with their work, and I am certainly confident that these two have given me a night that I won’t soon forget. They’re a pair that deserve attention, respect and lots of laughs.

If you’re looking for a good bunch of laughs that lasts just under an hour, then look no further. There’s nothing else here but pure laughter, and these two have provided me with one of my favourite evenings up here at the Fringe. These two are going to be really huge one day, perhaps from all of the finger buffets they supposedly love and attend, but mainly because they’re utterly hilarious. They’re both an absolute must see.
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August 15, 2016  Fringe Guru
Review for Flo & Joan: Victory Flaps
Victory Flaps offers a night of funny songs and transatlantic whimsy from comic duo Flo and Joan. Their repertoire is broad and varied, with a slight drinkies-based undertone, replete with on-stage G&Ts and taking on topics from boozy brunches to a thirst for Justin Trudeau.

Flo and Joan comprise Nicola and Rosie Dempsey, British sisters who take their stage names from their gin-slinging grandmother and great aunt. The pair have spent the last two years honing their craft in Chicago and Toronto, training with outfits like Second City, iQ and Bad Dog Theatres and featuring at the Toronto Sketch Comedy Festival. Their return to the UK also marks their Edinburgh debut.

This dedication shows in a highly skilful and inventive set. I’m not sure if they’re doing the Ant and Dec ‘thing’ of always appearing in the same order, but Nicola sits on the left on piano and harmonies, also delivering a hefty measure of dry retorts, while Rosie sits to the right on lead vocals and percussion – usually an egg shaker, but also other novelty devices that provide a laugh in their own right.

The opening number is a strong one, a sort of manic spin on the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ attitude, and the quality doesn’t let up from there. Their lyrics are deft and incisive, skewering their targets mercilessly but with a cheery demeanour. I liked especially a folksy take on yah-yah gap year students travelling in South East Asia, filled with elephants, drugs and knowing asides within the number (“yes, this song is still going!”) – all underlined with a great payoff at the close.

There’s also an interesting contrast between their British heritage and North American experience. They recount an amusing story about Canadians mistaking the term ‘finger buffet’ for something rude, and thereby reading a little extra into their song on that topic; but equally, they manage to shoehorn in for the British audience a primer on a disgusting-sounding Canadian cocktail, which gives essential context to explain the punchline of a later tune.

Clever and accessible, good-natured but sharp, Flo and Joan sets up and maintains a feel-good vibe that even they succumb to. The pair’s repeated corpsing during an ambitiously slow number was carried by the crowd, and in fact helped set up the gag they were building towards. Victory Flaps is a triumph of lyrical creativity and sororal camaraderie, to which we can all raise a glass. Click Here

August 7, 2016  TV Bomb
The first archeological rummage around the Free Fringe has also unearthed its first gem. Long may such a hit rate continue. This sparkling joy takes the form of sisters Nicola and Rosie Dempsey, otherwise known as Flo & Joan; and if the title of their show doesn’t win you over (and it is undoubtedly eye-catching), then their unique and idiosyncratic take on musical comedy certainly will. Click Here

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