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Culture Klatsch: 92Y Q&A With Ann And Fiona


We’re going to go ahead and add Ann Design and Fiona Walsh to the list of comedy duos that have stood the test of time. They are bringing their new show “Listen to this… with Ann and Fiona” to 92YTribeca, tomorrow, August 4. Joining them will be a bunch of others, including Comedy Central headliner Christian Finnegan.

And today, they are the latest subjects of the 92Y Culture Klatsch Q&A, where we learned they prefer to get their news from Dunkin’ Donuts, a raunchy gossip site, and Hoda and Kathie Lee. Check it out:

Where do you go for news when you start your day? 

Fiona Walsh: First place I go is the hilarious site of my friend Michael K at It’s as worthy as any news site on the internet and it always, always guarantees me a smile!! 

Ann Design: When I start my day, I like to get my news from random sources. Hoda and Kathie Lee are one source, nothing beats getting hard news from two women drunk on wine. I also listen to the talk of the day while on line at Dunkin’ Donuts. Boy, there sure are a lot of smart people at DD early in the morning.

What are your favorite websites?
FW:, The Huffington Post, and the National Organization for Rare Disorders - I have a bit of a medical fetish!

AD: My favorite websites are, hmm… I don’t think I have a favorite website. Is Yelp a website? I like that one.

How much do you use Twitter and Facebook (or other social networking services)?
FW: The question is how much do I NOT use them!! Facebook has changed the way I do business as a promoter/producer. I twitter for my other website - I can be seen skulking in clubs in the wee hours tapping out random thoughts about music and djs!

AD: I cant figure out how to use Twitter. Why only 140 characters? Is there some significance to that number? I also don’t know why you have @ before words/names. It makes it hard to read. Kind of like breaking a code. Facebook, on the other hand, I use.  I like to read posts from people I don’t really know - even though they are “friends”.  I feel like I’m spying. Legally, of course.

What book are you currently reading (or the last one you read)? Print or digital?
FW: Am wading through Warped Passages - a theoretical physics book by Lisa Randall. I wish I had a mind that was instantaneously able to comprehend math and stuff but I love to try! The last book I read was Room by Emma Donoghue. Fab stuff!

AD: Right now I’m reading Mildred Pierce.  I’m brushing up on my 1930-40’s lingo.  I’m trying to bring back phrases like: “Say, say- whatta ya mean by that?” and “Let’s get stinko”.

What magazines do you subscribe to?
FW: I don’t subscribe to any!!  I used to love Jest back in the day and occasionally I’ll pick up a copy of The Viz, a toilet humor based magazine from the UK that’s just a great laugh entirely!

AD: Time Out New York. I like to be brutally aware of all the fabulous things going on in New York City each week that I will not be taking part in.

What are your current (or all time) favorite television shows?
FW: All time favorite show has to be I’m Alan Partridge with Steve Coogan - genius comedy writing and acting. I am also a huge fan of “Bored to Death” - can I be on that show pleaseeee!!!

AD: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, All In The Family, I Love Lucy, Seinfeld.

What’s the last movie you saw?
FW: In the cinema it was “Friends with Benefits”! On Netflix “The China Syndrome.”

AD: “Beginners” with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer. Very good. Kind of depressing, but good. Go see it.

What’s the last performance (dance/opera/theater) you attended?
FW: I went to see Origin Theatre Company’s production of Ivan and the Dogs.

AD: The Jamboree at a community church in Maine. There’s a lot of hidden talent in these small towns. Someone did a card trick.

What’s the last music purchase you made?
FW: Ben Klocks “Goodly Sin” Robert Hood remix.

AD: “Let’s go all the Way” by Sly Fox. It’s kind of a theme song for me.

What radio shows or podcasts do you listen to?
FW: Radio.? What’s that! I listen to podcasts of techno music all day long (CLR, Droid Behavior, RA). “Sex and Other Human Activities” by Sara Benincasa!

What’s your favorite piece of art on display in your home?
FW: A beautiful photo of an Arctic seal by my friend Stephanie Schmidt

AD: I have a ceramic donkey that inspires me every time I look at it.

Where do you go / what do you do to “disconnect”?
FW: See answer above about FB/Twitter. I’m never disconnected!  I’d like to try it though - I’ve heard its good for you!

AD: Well, I’m kind of always disconnected. I may look like I’m listening – but I’m really just pretending.

Listen to this...with Ann and Fiona happens tomorrow, August 4, at 92YTribeca.

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