THE term internet sensation is much overused but Rose and Rosie, who this week embark on their first UK comedy tour, are just that.
Between them, the pair’s musings on life have attracted around one million subscribers on YouTube. Their open and engaging banter on their relationship and issues which catch their attention have become a staple diet for an army of online followers.
Never afraid of subjecting their personal lives to the attention of the masses, their wedding video was watched over 1.2million times in 2015.
Rose Ellen Dix – she’s the dark haired one - and Rosie Spaughton, the blonde one, first met at a Hallowe’en party seven years ago and neither of them expected that sharing their thoughts online would become a full time occupation.
“It started off as a hobby for us,” said Rose. “I was doing it at university for one of my course modules. Then I met Rosie and we had this great relationship on and off camera and we thought this is fun so we kept doing it alongside our 9 to 5 jobs.
“Then that balance shifted. Now we’re in a really lucky position to do it full time.
“It is so much fun and to be able to create content with your partner is ultra awesome. It was a very natural progression. It wasn’t that planned, it just grew organically.”
Both Rose and Rosie talk a million miles an hour and their excitement about their online exploits and their first tour is obvious.
“It’s nervewracking to think about going out on tour but it’s going to be great,” said Rosie.
“We have a loose structure of how we want the show to look and sound,” said Rose. “Some of it will be an amalgamation of our most popular YouTube segments but we also want it to be quite spontaneous.
“We know the general direction we want it to go in so it won’t be total chaos – there is some thought behind it!”
Thousands of people call themselves vloggers or have their own YouTube channels but most have very small followings or very limited appeal. So what makes Rose and Rosie different – and so successful?
“Some YouTubers go wrong trying to create content which they think people will want to watch rather than making content which they want to make,” said Rose, “and I think that is really important.
“If you stay true to what you see funny, people will see how authentic you are and jump on board.
“I think the beauty of it is we never really had a plan.
“We started doing YouTube before it became a competitive arena. We didn’t even know you could make a living from it so I suppose the timing was quite good for Rosie and I. We’ve just always been us.”
Branching out into the live environment – and playing major venues – have the pair encountered any resistance from more established comedians who have followed the traditional route of comedy clubs?
“Actually comedians are very supportive,” said Rosie. “We did a BBC3 programme with Russell Kane and he was great. "He told us he thought we were naturally very funny - how amazing is that?
“But we don’t see it as a competition and we haven’t had anyone being sniffy about what we do.”
In opening up to hundreds of thousands of people every week Rose and Rosie do leave themselves exposed.
“We do get private time,” said Rose. “Everything people see on camera is real but then we switch off the cameras but we are the same people then too. It’s just that the audience isn’t in our living room all the time with us.”
And the pair are particularly excited that the live shows will bring them even closer to their fans.
“It’s always a nice experience to meet subscribers face to face,” said Rose. “When you just see you have had so many views on YouTube you can forget that there are actually people watching what you do.
“The tour is a great opportunity to meet them and have a great time with them.”
Rose and Rosie, the Lowry, Salford Quays, Tuesday, April 25. Details from 0843 208 6000 or www.thelowry.com