by Megan Radke
It’s almost that time again! Obviously, the most wonderful time of the year, Dallas Comedy Festival (DCF) kicks off on Tuesday, March 22. To help you put together your festival schedule, we want to make sure you get to know as many of the fabulous out-of-town acts that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House as possible.
This year, the gals in Pure & Weary, a Chicago-based sketch duo, will be making their second appearance at DCF.
Meet Katherine and Leah, also know as Pure & Weary!
Describe what your show at this year’s Dallas Comedy Festival will be like. (Without, you know, giving everything away.) What’s it called?
Katherine: This show is called Queen Dweebs. Our show, Nerd Alert, ran in Chicago last summer and this combines our nerdy themes from that and adds a bit of royalty. Audiences will be able to let out all their middle school nerdiness but also leave the show feeling likes kings and queens. Nerdy and empowering!
Leah: It’s a good one. There are some songs, some drink tutorials, and what else….oh yeah, I make Katherine rap. And she’s actually really good at it. Who knew? Little Midwest, Appleton, Wisconsin, football lovin’ Cheesehead slash rapper.
Your Facebook says (yeah, sorry, I’m a creep) that many of your sketches are “written over a bottle of red wine with Stevie Wonder humming in the background.” That sounds glorious. As if this type of situation wasn’t enough, tell me about some of the other things that inspire your sketches.
K: We like to write full shows under a theme or sometimes, with our videos, we'll center our sketches around a holiday or relevant event. We also write about observations we make in passing (we say, “That's a sketch!” all the time) or anything we get fired up about. We have a massive Google Drive folder with an absurd amount of sub-folders. It makes me very happy.
L: A lot of our stuff comes from real-life experiences, too, which then become exaggerated real-life experiences. One of my favorite sketches we had (that we did last year at DCF) was Katherine and I playing ourselves outside of a bar for trivia night. I refuse to go inside because the bouncer is a guy I used to date and Katherine has to run scenarios with me of how it might go to get me inside. That really happened. I’m such a chicken. But I did eventually go inside! (In real life and in the sketch - spoiler alert!)
I’ve been creeping your YouTube channel too. (I’m so sorry.) So much fun stuff! I really enjoyed Write Like a Badass. Who are some of your favorite badass writers?
K: Can I choose a favorite star in the heavens? I love classics. I'm a big Jane Austen fan and also try and sneak Shakespeare into a lot of our comedy stuff. I also read a lot of poetry. We do a kind of shout out to Maya Angelou's Phenomenal Woman in this show.
L: “Try and sneak Shakespeare into a lot of our comedy” is an understatement. But I love doing it, too. I’m more of an American classic kind of gal. I like J.D. Salinger, John Steinbeck….Michael Crichton. What? I loved Jurassic Park! Oh and I love Harry Potter - all of them. I’m more spells than sonnets. But don’t talk about HP with Katherine because SHE HAS NEVER READ THEM. I’m outing you for your own good.
K: For comedy performers - still an old soul. I'm a big Lucille Ball, Katharine Hepburn, and Carol Burnett fan. Leah actually just got us tickets to see Carol Burnett in Chicago this May. I can't wait!
L: Aren’t I such a good friend? Lucille Ball’s my favorite! But I also love Maya Rudolph, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Molly Shannon, Ana Gasteyer, etc. And don’t feel bad about creeping, we love it! We’re releasing a new video this month honoring March Madness. Keep an eye out for it! SHAMELESS PLUG!
You ladies performed at DCF last year. What are you most looking forward to at this year’s festival?
K: We love performing out of town and meeting new people but coming back to this one is particularly special because DCF was our first out-of-town show and first audience of strangers. We were so grateful to meet some wonderful people and have a great experience. We can't wait to see all our DCF friends and we're also excited to see the new space!
L: Second what Katherine said. I can’t wait to see some of the friends we made last year! And we’ve got another Chicago duo, that we love, coming down to perform, Rehner & Nixon. We’ll have to show them the ropes. I am also very excited for real southern BBQ.
Don’t miss Pure & Weary on Friday, March 25, at 10 p.m. with Gettin’ It. Tickets are on sale now!
Megan Radke is currently a Level 3 student at DCH. She is a copywriter and social media manager by day and an essayist and mediocre musician by night. She is a constant consumer of books, music, film, and all things comedy. She is also great at racking up copious amounts of credit card debt with spur-of-the-moment travel.