The Ques­tion­naire

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The UK’s favourite cult cabaret duo Frisky and Man­nish bring their show Cabar­iot to the Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Cabaret Sea­son. Their suc­cess with many sell-out shows, start­ing with their first show School of Pop, un­der their belt has lead them to win Best Com­edy at Ade­laide Fringe Fes­ti­val, Edi­tor’s Choice Award at Brighton Fringe, and nom­i­nated for Best Music and Va­ri­ety Act at the Chor­tle Awards.

What are you plug­ging right now?

A lit­tle show we made that has the very hum­ble and man­age­able in­ten­tion of erad­i­cat­ing all in­jus­tice in the world as of right now.We call it ‘‘CabaR­IOT’’ be­cause it is ev­ery­thing a riot should be: an­gry and en­raged, but you get to en­joy fab­u­lous entertainment, ap­plaud po­litely and leave in an or­derly fashion.

What’s your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?

Eat­ing croque mon­sieurs that taste amaz­ing but con­tain no calo­ries, on a beau­ti­ful beach that will not de­posit sand in ev­ery one of your ori­fices, sur­rounded by high-pow­ered in­dus­trial fans to cool you down, with end­less top­ups on your vodka cran­ber­ries, and a live stage pro­duc­tion of Dream­girls to watch.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire?

Lorde, of course. She has it all but then she’s such a nor­mal, downto-earth, or­di­nary, non­pre­ten­tious, bal­anced, like­able Goth witch from Nar­nia or which­ever-crazy-not-re­al­coun­try-she-sprang-out-of.

What’s your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

Not real­is­ing that New Zealand was a real coun­try in the pre­vi­ous an­swer. Sorry. Please come to our show.

Ever stolen any­thing?

We lit­er­ally steal for our jobs. All of our ma­te­rial is brazen par­ody of ex­ist­ing pop songs. We’re sur­prised we haven’t yet been jailed for one of two crimes: a) grand theft and van­dal­ism, or b) ex­treme fab­u­lous­ness.

What life les­son would you pass on to your chil­dren?

Ev­ery­thing that’s funny gets a laugh. Not ev­ery­thing that gets a laugh is funny.

What job would you do other than your own and why?

Horse whis­perer. No ex­pla­na­tion. Just funny to put on your pass­port, and surely the best din­ner party con­ver­sa­tion starter? And horses are ma­jes­tic. And whis­per­ing means you can tell them loads of gos­sip about who’s preg­nant and who’s been made re­dun­dant.

How do you solve ris­ing house prices?

We can’t pos­si­bly go into it, as it will be a mas­sive spoiler for our show, which con­tains a 5-minute ex­co­ri­a­tion on the lu­nacy of the cur­rent hous­ing cri­sis. What we will say is, in the time-hon­oured words of some lady char­ac­ter in The Simp­sons, ‘‘think of the chil­dren!’’ – Mike Alexander

Frisky And Man­nish bring their show Cabar­iot o the Auck­land Live In­ter­na­tional Cabaret Sea­son, Septem­ber 28 to Oc­to­ber 2 at the Con­cert Cham­ber, Auck­land Town Hall.

Award-win­ning cabaret duo Frisky and Man­nish.

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