Flo and Joan: the musical duo you didn’t know grew up in Portsmouth

Something must be in the water in Portsmouth as a number of comedians have traveled from the Hampshire town. This includes musical comedy duo Flo and Joan.

You’ve probably come across them already through their viral videos. The first was “The 2016 Song”, which called the year terrible and was viewed millions of times on Facebook alone.

Other viral hits include “Drank Too Much,” a cautionary tale about drinking so much that you drunkenly text your boss and end up breaking into someone else’s house. We have all been there.

READ MORE: When Doctor Who filmed in Hampshire, including Gosport, Portsmouth and the South Downs

In real life, their names are Nichola and Rosie Dempsey and grew up in Portsmouth where they went to St Paul’s Primary School, before attending Oaklands Catholic School in Waterlooville. After graduating from college, the couple moved to Toronto to take an acting class at The Second City.

But where does the name Flo and Joan come from? Well, they’re not playing characters, it’s the name of the act named after their grandmother and her sister.

The year after the viral hit of 2016, they appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe where their show quickly sold out. They have since toured twice, “Alive On Stage” and “Before the Screaming Starts”, and released three albums.

Flo and Joan have performed on stages all over the world, not just here in the UK. The couple performed in Australia where they appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Some may also recognize Flo and Joan from a classic Nationwide TV commercial. In 2018, the couple appeared for The Bank with a song aptly titled “Sibling Rivalry.”

Other television appearances include Live At The Apollo and Russell Howard Hour 2020. The Portsmouth sisters also performed for the Royal Family in 2019 at the Royal Variety Performance.

On May 11, the pair appeared at Basingstoke’s Haymarket as part of their third ‘Sweet Release’ tour. They perform across the country with a number of sold out dates in London, Cambridge and Brighton.

All information on Flo and Joan’s tour dates, as well as links to watch and listen to their comedy, can be found online here

Find out how you can get more entertainment news from HampshireLive straight to your inbox for free HERE .