Laura Daniel, 27, and Joseph Moore, 28, are actors/writers on Three’s Jono & Ben, 7 Days, and Funny Girls. Off set, the Auckland couple is Two Hearts, an “overly ambitious” pop music comedy duo taking New Zealand stages by storm since 2017.
LAURA/ We met a few years ago when we drunkenly hooked up one night. I was like, “Oh my God, who is this guy?” It was a big mistake. First impression wasn’t amazing; second or third impression was slightly better. Afterwards we started working together. We became very good friends. Through Jono & Ben we started collaborating more and more. We both discovered we liked making comedy songs together. We started performing together on stage. We formed Two Hearts, and it’s gone from there.
He’s energetic and quite bubbly. He’s very smart, and he’ll always go the extra mile for a gag. I used to come and help out on his solo comedy shows doing little voiceover pieces for him. His whole solo act, I’d watch it thinking, “S... this is a good show”. In our show we do together, he’s very good at rapping. And he’s very good at technical gags, with instruments. You’d associate a fog horn noise with Joseph Moore, I think. He has a cheeky, self-aware stage presence, which is very endearing to watch.
He’s quite switched on in terms of how to produce pop bangers. I don’t have the same kind of technical skill set of making the beats but I’ll sit there in the room and be like, “Can you make it go boop-boop-bop-bop-boop?” I think my favourite song we do is Alan Rickman. We’ve got a song about when you love someone so much that it makes you forget that your favourite actor – Alan Rickman – passed away.
Another one I really like is Slutty Ghost, which is about a slutty ghost. His mum came and watched our first show and gave us s... She was like, “I hated Slutty Ghost”. At Joseph’s dad’s 60th birthday party, she had a few drinks and she was in the lounge in front of everyone being like, “Perform Slutty Ghost! Do it!” So we did. We got a round of applause.
I think we’re very, very similar, so that can be a bit weird sometimes. Something we’ve gotten pretty good at sorting things out on the spot. Rather than letting it brew... Joseph will be like, “Why don’t you like this?” I’ll go on a rant for a few minutes and then we’ll sort it out and move on. With creative differences, we’re quite blunt with each other, which can seem harsh for like, 20 minutes. But because we’ve known each other for so long, it’s quite easy because we both know what the end goal is. JOSEPH/ We hooked up when we first met, and it didn’t work out. It was at the after party of a play she was in or something. That was about five years ago. We talk about that a lot in our show and have managed to mine much comedy out of it... We were in the same circles doing comedy and drama and stuff. We learned to become funny together.
I saw a lot of myself in her – she had this big on-stage confidence that was quite self-aware and selfdeprecating at the same time. She probably exuded a lot more confidence than I did. She has this kind of, strut, about her both on stage and off.
We started doing SNORT – the improv group – together. From there, Laura joined us at Jono & Ben, where I’d been working since 2012. She joined us about 2014, 2015. We started working together heaps when she wanted to do musical stuff. I always wanted to make musical comedy, but I can’t sing. It was a handy collaboration in that regard.
We’ve started seeing each other now - romantically, as well as professionally. I think because we spent so much time together making the first Two Hearts show, that we realised we’d got it all wrong five years ago when it didn’t work out, and it was time to give it another go. It’s been much better, this time around.
We don’t live together but all our time is pretty much together, so we’re always talking about ideas and always being creative. We’re kind of never “off”, which is maybe good.
She doesn’t like being surprised with any sort of food gift. She has to choose it herself. I once bought her fish ‘n’ chips. She’d said she wanted them but I ordered the wrong thing. Surprise Uber Eats, as well. Not appreciated.
I used to be like, real pretentious. I’ve given it up as I get older and have less time to care about anything. I spent my formative years being a real snob. I think there’s a hint of that in me still. When we talk about music I still wanna chuck on the old mid-2000s sad rock. I think Laura’s been a pop lover from go to whoa.
At my dad’s 60th, at my parents’ house in Wellington, it was the end of the night and there were about six people left. My mum demanded that me and Laura do Slutty Ghost. My mum said she didn’t like the song because it was too filthy but after a few drinks she decided it was time to hear it. We did a performance in the lounge to some half-asleep baby boomers. We can do any gig now we’ve done that.
Two Hearts star in Comedy Central’s Another Frickin’ Festival Showcase, on in Auckland, Queenstown and Wellington next month. See comedycentral.co.nz.
“We realised we’d got it all wrong five years ago when it didn’t work out, and it was time to give it another go.”