“A double act, also known as a comedy duo, is a comic pairing in which humour is derived from the uneven relationship between two partners, usually of the same gender, age, ethnic origin and profession but drastically different in terms of personality or behaviour.”
The world of comedy would not be the same without these comedy duos taken over our screens and we want to focus on some of our favourite pairs out there. We will look at old and new, discover how they started out and what is it that makes them so hilarious together? Some of the comedians we will look at in this Double Act Series include Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, The Two Ronnies, Key and Peele and Laurel & Hardy.
For this weeks double act we are looking at the British duo Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
“And somehow we found each other and have been together ever since. I realised after two weeks of hanging out with Nick, I really, really like this guy. It was like a romance blossomed between us.“”
This duo first joined forces after Simon Pegg’s girlfriend and Nick Frost worked in a restaurant together. After their shift ended Pegg joined them and the rest of the staff for dinner where Pegg started doing Chewbacca impressions “Nobody else knew what noise I was making – it’s the moment of light relief when they’re taking Chewbacca as a prisoner.” Pegg shouts “birbirbigut” in a high pitch and Frost responds. “We call it, ‘Beer beer bigot’, if you’re going to have to phonetically write this down.” After that, they knew they were meant to be together.
“Nick was the funniest person I knew. Funnier than me. Which, as an egotist…” And it was happily ever after.
This funny pair have created what has become known as the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. It is made up of Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007) and The World’s End(2013). All these British comedies were directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, produced by Nira Park. Pegg and Frost star in all three.
Pegg and Frost are very close friends off screen which comes across very well with their on screen chemistry.
They have also worked together in the adventure comedy Paul and both did voiceovers in The Boxtrolls.
Back in 204 Simon said “We made three films together in 10 years and hopefully in the next decade, we’ll make another three”
Here’s to hoping for the next Magnum trilogy.
Check out our first double act Laurel and Hardy below!
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