Can you share the backstory on your name, ‘Hot Cousin Productions’?
We love the cringe worthy idea of finding your cousin attractive. We both find this concept gross… and funny. We were trying to come up with a name, and this is the one that really made us laugh. When we perform as a duo, we go by ‘Hot Cousin’ and we use ‘Hot Cousin Productions’ to encompass all of our projects (musical comedy, comedic video shorts, Gilmore Girlprov, etc).
Let’s talk about Gilmore GirlProv, which has become quite the hit with die-hard Rory and Lorelai fans in Toronto. How did this project come about? And how are you finding its success?
It goes without saying that we are huge fans of the Gilmore Girls. We were binge watching the series over Christmas and the idea dawned on us like a Christmas miracle. We’d seen improvised episodic shows before, and particularly loved Darryl Pring’s Joss Whedon-themed shows. The Gilmore Girls fan base is so huge that we were inspired to come up with our own format.
We hoped Gilmore Girlprov would run for a few months, completely underestimating how much people miss the actual show and need their Stars Hollow fix. We have so much fun every month, and we’re so lucky to get to perform with so many talented and hilarious improvisers.
How do you come up with your material? Do you gather inspiration from somewhere in particular?
When it comes to our musical comedy, we come up with funny premises and things we’re passionate about and go from there. Sometimes that’s our undying love of Sandra Bullock, and sometimes it’s being creeped out by real life mother-daughter best friends.
What advice would you give to others looking to break into the improv business?
First of all, take classes. It’s the best way to improve your skills and meet other funny people you can work with in the future. At least half of our Gilmore Girlprov cast are friends we’ve met through Second City.
If you want to create a show, make sure it’s something you are passionate about.
Also, try to find a theme for your show that has a large or niche appeal.
What are you up to apart from your improv shows?
We are a recording a live album of our comedy songs on Dec. 5.
It’s going to be a super fun show at Comedy Bar hosted by the amazing Caitlin Langelier. Banter. Drinks. Songs about us not liking cocaine. It’s pay what you can, so now’s the time to see us perform before our ticket prices skyrocket way out of your budget.
Other than that, Kristy spends most of her time watching Millionaire Matchmaker, and Adele is working hard on accumulating enough leggings for winter.
The only question that matters: Luke, Jess or Dean?
The only acceptable answer is Jess. Any other response is a clear indication of psychopathic tendencies. #JessHeads