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Sass Attack x Adelaide Fringe - Interview

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Carla Wills and Urvi Majumdar are two of the sassiest and funniest stand-up comedians who will be coming to Adelaide Fringe this year with their show that's aptly named Sass Attack.

Creating a show that will delve into dark yet relatable humour, Carla and Urvi have had a successful run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year and are bringing their exceptional talents to us in Adelaide this year, by promising a hilarious show that will leave you in stitches and tears from laughing too hard at their not-so-subtle sassy approach to life.

In anticipation of their upcoming show as part of Adelaide Fringe, I was fortunate to conduct an e-interview with Urvi and Carla - have a read of our exchange below:

Tema: Can you please tell us a bit about yourselves, Carla & Urvi?
Urvi and Carla: Urvi Majumdar is a 2018 and 2019 RAW Comedy Victorian State Finalist. She has performed to sold-out crowds at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Writers' Festival. You can see Urvi in the new Channel 9 comedy mini-series Metrosexual and in numerous Hot Dads sketches. She has had several guest spots on 3CR Radio and is a regular writer for Channel 10's The Project.
Carla Wills is a 2017 RAW Comedy National Finalist and winner of the Adelaide Comedy Festival's Best Newcomer award. Her 2018 Adelaide Fringe show Good Wills Huntley earned a five-star review and welcomed sold-out crowds. This year, Carla has performed to sold-out crowds at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, hosted the huge Adelaide Winter Comfest and was handpicked to perform at the prestigious triple j Good Az Friday show. She is also a regular presenter on 3RRR radio.

Tema: What inspired you to create a show together?
Urvi and Carla: We are two Melbourne comics who bonded over our love of drinking copious amounts of wine and having very little patience for almost everything. We decided to collaborate last year for Melbourne International Comedy Festival and had the best time so we're doing it all again this year.

Tema: How did you team up with your producer Daisy Kraehe whilst being based in Melbourne?
Urvi and Carla: We've known Daisy from her work with the festivals for years. Comedy is like a big family and we've worked together in various capacities over the years. We were super excited to have Daisy producing our show this year, as she is a comedy veteran and knows the ins and outs of festivals like the back of her hand.

Tema: What motivated you / pushed you to create a show around being sassy?
Urvi and Carla: Anybody that sees our show will see that being sassy is definitely something Carla and Urvi have in common. We figured misery loves company so anybody that likes to unwind by having a good 'ol bitch about life will love this show. We also think that as women facing the many paradoxes of modern life, an understandable/ fun way to respond to most things, is with sass, sarcasm and witty humour!

Photography: Emma Holland

Tema: What do you think it means to be 'sassy'? Is there ever a time when it's not okay to be sassy? If so, how do you make it be okay to be sassy?
Urvi and Carla: Being sassy is about pushing boundaries as far as you can get away with. Obviously you wouldn't speak to your boss the same way you'd yell incoherently at a bad driver from the confines of your car. Being sassy is being cheeky while letting people know you don't take shit. But remember, you gotta take it as well as you give it- otherwise you're a bad sport.

Tema: What target audience are you hoping to attract through your show Sass Attack?
Urvi and Carla: This is not a show for 'rainbow and lollipop' types- in fact those types will get sassed! Literally anybody that loves to have a good bitch about life. Our country is on fire and our leadership are rubbish and the server at the cafe we were at this morning was rude- we have shit to say about it. We know it's counterproductive but it feels good and it's funny.

Tema: What have your experiences been like to be pursuing a career in comedy that has predominantly been male-dominated? How does it feel to be paving the way for more females to challenge the comedy industry and just simply go for it?
Urvi and Carla: We have been extremely lucky to enter the comedy scene at a time when women are kicking arse, so much respect and gratitude for the females who paved the way and did it tough before us. We are surrounded by hilarious females and super supportive room runners who are always keen to have more inclusive lineups.

Tema: Is there any audience participation involved in your show?
Urvi and Carla: Not particularly, so don't be scared. Contrary to popular belief, we won't single you out and sass you (unless you really deserve it).

Tema: What would be your advice to individuals who are looking to break into the comedy scene?
Urvi and Carla: Stop thinking about it and just do it- you won't know until you try it. But definitely write a tight 5 before you go up- you might think people are riffing up there but they're probably not.

Sourced from the Adelaide Fringe website

Tema: How did you get involved with the Adelaide Fringe (AF)?
Urvi and Carla: Being an Adelaide local, Carla has attended countless Fringe shows over the years and debuted a couple of years ago with 'Good Wills Huntley' - her split show with friend and local Adelaide comic Nicholas Huntley. Urvi is super excited to see Adelaide for the first time, especially during the best time of the year.

Tema: Where else has Sass Attack been presented to audiences (within Australia / overseas)?
Urvi and Carla: Sass Attack welcomed sold out crowds over Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year and we will be taking this bad boy to Edinburgh next year.

Tema: Is there anything else that you'd like us to know about yourselves and Sass Attack?
Urvi and Carla: You can usually tell a show is good or that two people work well together when they commit to doing again… and again! Not only are we bringing Sass Attack to Adelaide, but we perform together again at Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2020. We're simply obsessed, and you can come along to find out why.

Carla Wills & Urvi Majumdar will be performing their show Sass Attack at the Rhino Room from February 18 - 22, 2020, as part of Adelaide Fringe. Book your tix here.
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Why? It's dark, it's sassy and it's really funny.
When: Adelaide Fringe season (Feb 18 - 22, 2020)
Where: Rhino Room, 131 Pirie St, Adelaide, SA, 5000
Cost: $15 - $25
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