Hot Department: ‘If 2 Girls 1 Cup was a musical…’
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16.03.2023

Hot Department: ‘If 2 Girls 1 Cup was a musical…’

Words by Noah Redfern

Hot Department are back with a vengeance for a brand-new show this Comedy Festival season.

Known for their hilarious appearances on Aunty Donna, Just For Laughs, Leftovers and ABC’s At Home Alone Together; Honor Wolff and Patrick Durnan Silva are one of the hottest sketch duos in the world. With their iconic and bizarre brand of sketch comedy, mixed in with a good dose of cabaret and some nudity, these two are not to be forgotten.

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According to Wolff and Durnan Silva themselves, Hot Department are “the breath of fresh gas Australian comedy needs”. Calling themselves a sexually dysfunctional comedy duo with deep trauma and a validation addiction, the key element to their success is the insane chemistry of their creative partnership. Having met while studying theatre in Ballarat, they bonded over the character of Kenneth from the cult hit show 30 Rock, getting along like a house on fire, and the rest was history.

Having toured their award-winning shows CULL, Poopie Tum Tums and Open For Business, their new show Wet Heat is guaranteed to drum up the hype that these rising stars deserve.

CULL was about how they planned to cull all their Facebook friends. Poopie Tum Tums was about how they were going to quit comedy for theatre. Open For Business was about returning to work as an artist after the pandemic left all in their field struggling to survive.

Their brand-new show Wet Heat, according to the duo themselves, is “If 2 Girls 1 Cup was a musical, then that would be great, but for now, there’s Wet Heat.” The expansion of the Hot Department lore is only the beginning of entering their surrealist world.

Accolades from previous shows include the Melbourne Fringe Festival – WA Tour Ready Award in 2019, and the Green Room Award – Best Ensemble in Cabaret in 2020.

Playing at the Malthouse Theatre from March 30 to April 23, fans of sketch comedy and musical theatre are guaranteed to be in stitches. Buy tickets here.

This article was made in partnership with Junkyard.