One of the great things about producing a comedy festival are those times you’re pleasantly surprised by someone you’ve never heard of. Girls With Brown Hair surprised the hell out of us last year. Hell, they straight up sucker punched us with how hilarious they were. Several of the producers stopped watching the tape, just so wouldn’t spoil the rest of the show.
Girls With Brown Hair – Becky Chicoine and Sam Reece – hail from New York City’s UCB theatre. Their last show, WOMANTOWN, toured around the country appearing in Austin Sketch Fest, Chicago Fringe Festival, New York City Sketch Fest, Jangleheart Circus in Chicago, Upright Citizens Brigade Los Angeles and the Philadelphia Improv Theatre. They are bringing their new show, Through the Back Door!, to this year’s Austin Sketch Fest.
We’re super excited that you chose to come back. We know why we’re excited, but why on Earth would you want to come back to this place?
We had the best time last year! The audiences were so great to perform for and everyone at the festival was so supportive. Also we’re excited to eat tacos for every meal again.
Okay, catch up time. It’s been a year since last we saw each other. What have you two been up to?
Oh so many things! We finished up our run of WOMANTOWN at UCB and took it to UCB LA, then toured a few other cities with it like Chicago and Philly. Then we were chosen to be featured in a Nikon campaign together which was super crazy #iamgenerationimage. And we just started another run at UCB with our brand new show, Through the Back Door!
What can audiences look forward to in the new show?
Butt stuff. No but seriously, a ton of butt stuff. And original music. But mostly butt stuff.
This is your second sketch fest? What were the highlights from your first year?
We set a goal to eat tacos for every meal and we achieved that goal very easily. Also the biggest highlight for us was My Mans. Their show blew our minds.
How did your group get together?
We were both interns at The Upright Citizens Brigade a few years ago and we decided to perform together in the Intern Showcase. It was love at first sight and we’ve been married ever since.
Who are your influences? Who are some of your favorite sketch comedy acts performing today?
Our biggest influences come from a few places. Musical theater is a big one since a lot of our material is very musical. We’re also very influenced by dads. We love dads. Mustaches. Beers. Joy. Our favorite sketch comedy acts are definitely Key & Peele and The Kroll Show. We love playing characters and these are both amazing character shows.
What makes you laugh the most?
Honestly? Each other.
What’s the best thing about the comedy scene in your city?
The comedy scene in New York is insane and weird and awesome. The indie shows are ridiculous and so much fun. The community is overall very supportive and it’s exciting to see all the videos and shows our friends are producing.
Do you have any fun “worst show” stories?
We did a show at this one theater that both of us dislike and think is cursed by witches. Within the first 10 seconds of our performance, Sam accidentally blurted out the punchline to the first sketch and from there everything went to shit. We couldn’t stop laughing and no one knew what was going on.
Do you have any fun “best show” stories?
Performing WOMANTOWN in Austin last year was exceptional. The audience was extremely supportive and every line got a great laugh. There were a few women in the front row that were crying laughing. We hugged them after and now we’re actually friends with one of them who lives in NYC!!
What are you looking forward to while visiting Austin? Any acts you’re looking forward to at this year’s festival?
Good Neighbor stuff! We’ve been such a huge fan of their web videos and can’t wait to see them live.
Share with us your tips for a job interview.
Don’t smile, talk a LOT about your personal opinion on birth control, and end every sentence with “thanks Obama.”
We need to increase the visibility of this article. Any suggestions for a click-bait headline?
Live nudes! Becky and Sam take their tops off for comedy!
What else – comedy wise – is your group looking forward to this year? We’re planning on filming a lot more videos, working on our pilot and eating more salads.