When your comic other half is your actual other half

What would it have been like if Morecambe and Wise were a couple offstage too?

Popular wisdom has it that dating a co-worker is a bad idea, but what about making comedy together? ArtsHub talks to two couples and comic collaborators about the highs and lows of blending your creative and personal life, getting feedback from your partner and bringing your work home with you.

Robyn Reynolds heard boyfriend Chris Nguyen before she ever saw him. It was her first time doing a mixed gender open mic night, and she was the only woman on the line-up. ‘It was weird; everyone was bombing and doing really offensive material,’ she recalls. ‘I was hiding out in the stairwell and heard this guy absolutely crushing it. I thought: “Wow, who is that?” I poked my head out, and that’s when I saw Chris. The first thing I said to him was “I love you”.’

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Daniel Herborn is a journalist and novelist based in Sydney. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Saturday Paper, The Monthly, The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, and others. He has also practised law at an Intellectual Property firm specialising in creative industries clients.