Harry and Chris – 'We get to be surprisingly poignant for a comedy act rather than surprisingly funny for a poetry show'

Harry & Chris – 'We get to be surprisingly poignant for a comedy act rather than surprisingly funny for a poetry show'

Music, poetry and comedy come together with a national tour despite Harry and Chris having nuptials on their mind

Though Harry Baker and Chris Read have been tickling Fringe audiences for the last two years with their jazz / performance poetry / comedy combo, their initial meeting was an inauspicious one. 'We went to school together,' Baker recalls. 'I think Chris truly began to respect me when I came to do a paper round at the same newsagent as him and was so punctual they gave me extra work instead of him despite him having been there longer. He was the cool guy in a band in the year above.'

After collaborating on each other's projects for a while they went their separate ways but got back together again once they'd completed their degrees. This second show has the pair embracing the comedy further after audiences for the first one seemed to particularly enjoy that element. 'This way we get to be surprisingly poignant and tuneful for a comedy act rather than surprisingly funny for a poetry show,' laughs Baker.

So given the long lasting nature of their relationship and the fact that they have both got / are getting married this year, do they have any advice to pass on? 'I reckon Chris' top tip would be once you're married and have had a honeymoon to immediately go on tour around the country with your (other) best friend. My tip would be to wait until after the tour to get married, so we'll let you know how both of those work out.'

The Harry and Chris Show 2 is on tour until Saturday 30 December.

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