The Awkward Silence – Random 8

A random comedian, eight random questions; it’s the ultimate test of the funny person and of fate. This week we welcome a duo – Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond – who venture into new comedic territory this week at the Pleasance Theater in London. Awkward silences are now shorter and softer.

“Enter the Vortex is our first full-fledged sketch show, following a series of story-driven shows since 2014,” says Ralph. “Each sketch triggers another one, which can trigger a flashback, which can go back to the original scene, then turn into a painting of that scene, and then a radio broadcast in the world of that painting. is a comic lasagna; the Creation of comic sketch.”

Which is probably the best meat/movie metaphor you’ll hear today. Jones and Almond took this lavishly layered show to the Edinburgh Fringe in August, but still added stuff, according to the sound. Do they have a favorite track?

“Our favorite track, because it’s new, is a tattoo artist who only cares about tattooing if he wants to get a worm tattoo.”

And we’ll get to rats in a minute. The Awkward Silence, your random 8s await.

Picture shows from left to right: Vyvyan Almond, Ralph Jones, The Awkward Silence

What’s the best thing you ever bought a ticket for?

Ralph: It could be a toss up between seeing Mark Rylance in Jerusalem only a few months ago (smashing actor, clearly moving on) and seeing Rik Mayall and Adrian Edmondson in Bottom as a 14 year old. 19 years apart but the same expression without a gorm of happiness each time.

Who was your childhood hero (real or fictional)?

Vyvyan: It would have depended on when you asked me: when I was very young it was probably the water rat of the Wind in the willows. He seemed like the right kind of person.

Later, I think I wanted to be terribly sarcastic and acerbic like Edmund Blackadder. It did terrible damage to my first friends, and I’m still trying to train myself to get out of it. These days I try to get back to the water rat.

What is the greatest invention of all time?

Ralph: It’s either cilantro or the written word, but I know what I’d rather have on a prawn jalfrezi.

Your favorite store, ever?

Vyvyan: It’s hard: I’ve taken many stores to heart over the years, but right now my affections go unclaimed; I’m in the market for a new deal.

If I had to name an old love, I think I’d choose Objects of Use in Oxford: I’m a real sucker for an organized supply, brown paper labels and a simple, functional design. Give me a pencil sharpener they’ve been making exactly the same way for fifty years in a former East German tank factory and I’m yours.

Picture shows L-R: Ralph Jones, Vyvyan Almond, The Awkward Silence

Best or worst thing you’ve ever smelled?

Ralph: Wouldn’t you like to take the dark road trip of “worse” but better? Well, I’m afraid it’s The Body Shop’s “strawberry” range, ladies and gentlemen.

(We would like The Body Shop to sponsor our action. We don’t know why they don’t answer any of our calls or faxes. OK, so we’re not the most obvious choice. But maybe we shouldn’t always choose the most obvious choice in life, hmm? Maybe The Body Shop, it would be beneficial to think outside the box a bit. Have you ever thought about that? Have you? No. You haven’t do.)

Your most interesting injury?

Vyvyan: I don’t tend to injure myself, but I once twisted my ankle in a Masonic gym in Grahamstown, South Africa, while practicing running backwards without injury. I spent the rest of our series of Hamlet playing Claudius with a crutch.

Who are you most jealous of?

Ralph: It must be hairdressers, isn’t it. Who could claim to understand the dark magic with which they wield their blades?

What’s the weirdest thing in your wardrobe?

Vyvyan: Probably a plastic sheet coat, which I’ve had for a few years. I wore it on May 1, 2020, along with a homemade chestnut leaf mask, for my one hour government mandated exercise in Greenwich Park. I think it lifted the morale of the joggers.


The Awkward Silence: Enter the Vortex is at the Pleasance Theater in London on November 17 and 18. Pleasance.co.uk