Fresh off the grill, Oscar-winning comedy group Business Casual brings their debut show to the Edinburgh Fringe after a sold-out run on Broadway, the West End and the Mumbai Fringe LLC, these boys are coming in hot, so hot, oh my god it's so hot.
Cory Peter Lane, fresh out of the oven is the lead man – the big strong redhead boy or whatever. The other two guys are called Hunter and Jeremy. Hunter Saling and Jeremy Elder. And also Cory.
Winner: Stamptown Newcomer Award 2019.
Hey guys how is it going, can you tell me a little bit about Business Casual, what can we expect?
We’re three little boys ready to become men. Big strong men. We’re doing it the only way we know-how, 24 shows of absurdist sketch comedy. We’ve got the raunchy adolescent energy of the hit movie SuperBad, but people won’t leave our show saying we’re super bad, actually they’ll probably say “Wow, that was Super...Good.”
What inspires the creative wonder and mystery of your shows?
We used to be three palaeontologists, that is until we discovered a glowing crystal. Jeremy insisted that it belonged in a museum, while Hunter and Cory were sure to covet it for its powers. Since then it has been the source of all our comedic energy. We are, as yet, curse free! Wow, not bad!
Your friendships must mean a great deal to you all, how do you stop driving each other crazy?
We all paint the things we hate about each other. Our flat is full of paintings, like for instance, there’s a really nice watercolour of Hunter’s stupid fucking face.
Who has the worst habits in the group?
Cory is quite messy to live with, Hunter chews very loud and Jeremy is not very funny.
Now say something nice about each other (let’s not fight before the fringe).
Cory has very nice hair, Hunter looks a bit like Timothe Chalemet and Jeremy, given the right circumstances, can be a little funny.
Is it hard to stop from tweaking or changing a show once it’s running?
What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced bringing your show to the fringe?
All jokes aside, our Airbnb cancelled on us 3 days before we were set to arrive in Edinburgh. Cory was on the phone with Airbnb for hours trying to get placed in a new house, but they never got back to him. We ultimately found a place the night before we arrived, thanks to the hive-mind of performers on a facebook forum. Another challenge is that Jeremy is not very funny.
"If the audience laughs as hard as we did, it stays in the show."
Have you always had a passion for comedy?
Passion is the exact word for it. We have all been doing comedy in some form since we were little boys (little-little boys, we understand we are still little boys) It’s brought us all over our native state of California, New York and now the UK!
How did Business Casual come about?
We were all supposed to go to a networking event at our university, we ditched it because it was BORING. We walked past an improv open mic, did 10 minutes of improv together and the rest is history.
Describe the approach you go through to creating your shows?
We sit in our living room trying to make each other laugh. If all three of us laugh equally hard at a bit, it goes in the show. If the audience laughs as hard as we did, it stays in the show.
What has been the best piece of advice you got when you started out?
Couldn’t tell you who said it, but, “If you’re having fun, they’re having fun.” We have a lot of fun.
What 3 words best describe this show?
Hunter, Cory, and
And finally, what do you want your audiences to take away from Business Casual?
HPV. Or maybe that we are three best friends who are over the moon to be performing at the best festival in the world. And HPV