The Awkward Silence are a comedy sketch double act. They're Ralph Jones and Vyvyan Almond. Yes, that's them on the right there. Yes, those gentlemen looking rather SILLY!!!
They've written and performed a range of stage shows - The Voyage of The Narwhal, Racketeers, The Bastard King, and Bufo Bufo - and they're working on a new comedy musical, The Awkward Silence's Big Break. They're also working on a podcast project called Mea Culpa.
In 2020 they came runner-up in the Leicester Square Theatre Sketch Off competition.
All in all: pretty cute guys once you get to know them.
Looks a bit like Rafael Nadal but writes better sketches.
Ralph is a freelance writer who has written for a range of places including The New Yorker, The Guardian, Vice, and The Telegraph. In his time he has won a six-foot dildo throne, become friends with The Rock, and developed a compelling impression of Sir Michael Caine.
He runs and hosts an improv comedy night called Criminal, in which performers have to solve a revolting crime over the course of the evening.
His personal website is right here.
When he was first unearthed, no one was sure what Vyvyan was intended to represent, or for that matter how he was made. He was not even the intended discovery of the expedition, which had set out to find the lost wisdom teeth of John the Baptist. Ever since that fatal afternoon in 1879, however, Vyvyan has been the source of ceaseless controversy in the archaeological community. Indeed, the question once famously came to blows in the King’s Library of the British Museum. Described as ‘a very real challenge to our modern conception of History’, Arno Mayer reportedly said of him that “Only three people know what Vyvyan is: one’s dead; one’s God; and the other’s Vyvyan himself. And he ain’t tellin’."
Vyvyan is a Master of Studies from Magdalen College, Oxford, where he read Medieval History. He has been involved in drama from a young age and began performing comedy with the Oxford Revue in 2009, since when he has performed in Cambridge, Durham, Oxford, and at the Edinburgh Fringe.
As well as a stage performer, Vyvyan is also a freelance voice artist and occasional sketcher of cabaret shows.