by Lauren Levine
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 as possible that will be dropping into Dallas Comedy House.
It’s been said that the sign of great teamwork is when the team’s whole becomes greater than the sum of its parts. Look at mac & cheese for example. Individually, macaroni is noodly goodness. On its own, cheese is glorious. But, combine the two and it’s something exponentially more magical and delicious. Like Thelma & Louise, Laverne & Shirley, Bert & Ernie, or Ben & Jerry, Chicago sketch comedy duo Rehner & Nixon are simply better together. With wacky characters and a few wacky wigs, Mollie Rehner and Katie Nixon use personal stories and a dash or two of feminist wit to create fresh, exciting, laugh-out-loud shows. Rehner & Nixon are delighted to be performing at Dallas Comedy Festival 2016 and are also excited for all the Tex-Mex and margaritas along the way.
Hi Mollie and Katie, we’re so happy to have you two funny gals at this year’s Dallas Comedy Festival! For those who might not be familiar with you two, could you briefly describe your performance style? What might one expect to see at Rehner & Nixon show?
Mollie: Our style is high energy, musical, absurd, and fun…
Katie: But, also smart and personal and filled with emotion. We create a lot of material based on our real-life experiences.
Mollie: You can expect personal stories and big, wacky characters. Lots of wigs.
Katie: There’s a high probability of PBR tallboys and Chuck Taylor sneakers, too.
You two make quite an awesome pair. What well-known dynamic duo do you ladies relate to most, and why?
Mollie: We wrote a piece once where we described ourselves like chicken and waffles.
Katie: Yeah, how the two are so different but end up creating something together even better than you could have imagined.
Mollie: All the salty, meaty chunks with the sweet topping.
Katie: Exactly. The contrast of salty (our emotional material) and sweet (it’s a comedy show, after all).
What do you dig most about doing a two-person show?
Mollie: It is so much fun playing with Katie; it’s hard to keep a straight face. We’re best friends and share so much of our lives anyway, so I love knowing I have her full support on stage. Katie always has my back. It’s play time.
Katie: I love working so intimately and so seamlessly on the process and preparation for the show. Mollie can read my mind half the time, and we’re on the same page on a lot of topics.
Mollie: It’s nice being so comfortable to express such honest emotions through comedy. We trust each other.
Katie: Agreed, it’s great to get to showcase yourself as an individual and to support a partner so intensely. It’s just plain fun to perform with Mollie.
Katie, if you had to gift Mollie something that normally comes in a pair, what would you bring to her and why? Mollie, if you also had to gift Katie something that normally comes in a pair, what would you bring to her and why?
Katie: I would gift Mollie a Hostess cupcake, because she definitely deserves a treat but I know she wouldn’t want to eat the whole package! This lady works hard 24/7.
Mollie: Aw, thanks, bae! I would give Katie an eyeball, just in case she needs a spare one.
Katie: Thanks. That’s so nice of you to look out for my ocular health!
What is something you’re super excited for at this year’s Dallas Comedy Festival?
Mollie: I’m excited to meet other groups from all over, make new connections and friendships. Also, the warmth -- Chicago is cold as hell.
Katie: I’m excited to see the new DCF space. Our good friends Pure & Weary, who were at DCF last year, told us all about it. Also, I think we’re both excited for some real Tex-Mex.
Mollie: Margarita time!
Rehner & Nixon on perform on March 26 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets on sale now!
Lauren Levine is currently a Level 4 student at DCH. When she is not trying to come up with witty things for this blog, she is a freelance writer and editor, an amateur photographer, a Zumba-enthusiast, a dog lover, and an 80s movie nerd. In addition, she enjoys all things Muppet-related, the smell after a rainstorm, and people with soft hands.