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 AN INTERVIEW WITH MAX & IVAN

Welcome to Impulse Gamer and thanks for being part of our Entertainment Magazine!

How did you meet?

Max:   Grindr. 

Ivan:  Yeah, that was the name of a comedy night that used to run in London in ’06.

Who is the funnier comedian? 

M:      Louis CK. 

I:        Yeah, honestly. Check him out.

Where do you get your material from?

M:      We draw material from the world around us – whatever we see, we write down and incorporate into our work. 

I:        Luckily we spend a lot of time at comedy nights, so we see loads of funny stuff, which we then write down and incorporate into our work. That’s allowed, right?

Before going onto stage, do you have any rituals that you perform? (e.g. have a cigarette, drink some wine or something Satanic?)
 
M:      I like to stretch, read a book, and mentally prepare myself.   

I:        I have a cigarette, drink some wine and then do something Satanic.         

Which country has the funniest comedians? 

M:      Believe it or not, Tonga.

I:        Closely followed by England. Of which Australia is a suburb, I believe. So everyone wins.

What do you look forward to at the Melbourne Comedy Festival? 

M:      Checking out the extraordinary array of brilliantly talented performers. 

I:        None of whose shows we actually end up seeing. But the posters look awesome!

Why should visitors to the Melbourne Comedy Festival see your show? (we do accept bribes) 

M:      It’s 100% comedy, and 115% acting. 

I:        And 500% sweat. Enticing, enticing sweat.

Have you had any horrendous experiences on stage? 

M:      Ivan once told a person of restricted growth, who was sat in the front row, that they were short because they had clearly sinned in a past life. That one still haunts me. 

I:        Right, look. In fairness, I was very deep ‘in character’ at the time.  

How do you wind down after a show? 

M:      We check the ‘Comedy-o-Meter’, a small device which reveals how funny we’ve been on a scale of 1-100. 

I:        Don’t tell Max, but it’s just a piece of wood with ‘100’ written on it.

Tell us a joke about an inappropriate topic? 

M:      Nothing is inappropriate for comedy! 

I:        Absolutely! 

M:      So I’ve got this great one about Ivan’s struggle with impotence – 

I:        Oh, hey, no, please. Please. 

Tell us a joke about an appropriate topic! 

M:      Here’s a joke - $18 for a chicken salad?! What the fuck, Melbourne? 

I:        That joke never plays particularly well in London. 

What happens when one of your fellow comedians messes up a gag? 

M:      They are immediately forced to return their official ‘comedian’ pass to the relevant government official, and all their rights and privileges are revoked. 

I:        It’s very sad.

Is there punishment involved? 

M:      Other than the aforementioned procedure, and a ceremonial tar-and-feathering ritual in which other performers surround the former comedian and ‘kill’ them, to signify their shameful downfall, no. 

I:        Oh, and a burning of all their notebooks and promotional material. 

M:      But generally no.

Apart from yourselves, who do you want to see at the Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2013? 

M:      A full house of laughing Melburnians every night – AM I RIGHT GUYS?!? 

I:        That and David O’Doherty and the Rubberbandits, just because we’re not convinced Ireland is a real place. 

Which comedian or comedians would you “break” to get their spot? 

M:      I’m not convinced you know how comedy works. 

I:        Who would you “break” to get your journalism spot? And why? And how? 

M:      Have you killed someone? Is that what you’re trying to tell us?

What does the future hold for you? 

M:      From the looks of things, a happy and long life as citizens of the People’s Global Democratic Republic of North Korea. 

I:        We say ‘long life’, but all comedians will clearly be immediately slaughtered. Ah well, can’t win ‘em all.

Lastly, 10 words or less why we should see your show? 

M:      5 Stars, Herald Sun! 

I:        3 Stars, the Age! 

M:      Dude, shut up. 

I:        Sorry.  

Thanks again and all the best for the Melbourne Comedy Festival for 2013!  

Check out Max and Ivan at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival

 






 
 



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