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A Q&A with the comedic brains behind the kids’ show
Catch Captain Fun Pants and the Mystery of the FunOmatic Fun Wand at the Sydney Comedy Festival - on a boat in Sydney Harbour on 2 May 2015.
Multi-award winning comedians Harley Breen (ABC TV's Comedy Up Late, Channel Ten's The Project) and Heath Franklin (long-running stand up character 'Chopper,' Channel Seven's Thank God You're Here) set sail for Sydney Harbour with their disgustingly hilarious comedy for kids, for two shows only on 2 May 2015.
Here's a little sneak peak 'behind the scenes,' with a quick Q&A with the stars themselves – Captain Fun Pants, Harley Breen, and Pirate No Beard, Heath Franklin.
1. Is this your first comedy show for kids?
Harley: Yes it's my first complete comedy show for kids. I've been riding the rad train of Captain Fun Pants as a character for seven years though.
Heath: And I've been riding his coat tails for a few months now. Harley has comfy long luxurious coat tails.
2. Did you use your kids as a kind of test audience for your humour in this show?
Harley: I use my child as a test audience for everything in life.
Heath: I use my kids to test new make-up products because the animals don't like it apparently (just kid-ding!) But also yes.
3. Who are tougher critics – your mainstream entertainment writer, peers or the kids that come to this show?
Harley: Kids hands down. There is no filter. They feel something. Then think words. Then spew them at you without a second's thought.
Heath: Or they just switch off. Adults will stay connected for a while, but as soon as you lose the kids' attention you would have to actually explode into a shower of glitter and confectionary to get them back. That said, grown-ups demand certain obedience to logical and physical constraints, there is a cynicism adults have. With kids you say, "we're doing this, are you coming with us?" And they say "yes!" But with adults, they tend to get caught up in what reasonably makes sense etc and blah blah.
4. How did you come up with this storyline?
Harley: Heath and I ate heaps of sugar, then locked ourselves in a room full of joy clouds and let the creative stupidity flow.
Heath: We just booked a party room at a McDonald's and had ice-cream cake until we needed to be tranquilised with one of those things that zookeepers use.
5. Was it hard to switch from stand up for adult audiences to a stage show for kids?
Harley: Not really. Most four to eight year olds behave like late night drunks anyway.
6. Heath – how do you go from playing a character like 'Chopper' to being Pirate No Beard?
Heath: I take off the moustache is the main thing. People seem to think I am possessed by Chopper, but I still have a say in the matter... most of the time.
Read my full review from the Melbourne tour and get your tickets for the Sydney Comedy Festival shows online or call (02) 9020 6966. Sydney Comedy Festival wraps up the Captain's 2015 Australian voyage.