ASF Hot Seat: Girls With Brown Hair


For the first time in Austin Sketch Fest history, an out of town act is appearing for the third time! Girls With Brown Hair melted our faces off at the 2014 Festival with their hit show, WOMANTOWN and we’re pumped to have them back for another show. Girls with Brown Hair are Samantha Reece and Becky Chicoine, who perform regularly at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. GWBH’s work has been featured on Slate, Splitsider, VProud, Funny or Die and the duo recently starred in a commercial campaign for Nikon.
This is your third year at the Austin Sketch Fest. First of all – awesome for us! Second of all – why do you keep coming back?

SAM REECE: I left my favorite umbrella there 3 years ago and I won’t stop coming back until I find it.

BECKY CHICOINE: The festival is one of our favorites, it’s fun and funny and has great crowds. Also the tacos.

SAM: Oh, yeah, what she said.

What’s new since we last saw you?

BECKY: We’re actually billionaires and we’re scouting for locations for our reality show called “From Wigs to Riches”.

SAM: In addition to that I’d say we’re both a little less chubby. Billionaires like us are not allowed to be chubby. Also, we’ve been working on some really exciting projects that we can hopefully share with the world very soon!

What do you have planned for this year’s ASF?

BECKY: We’ve recently revamped our first show we did together called WOMANTOWN. We’ve tightened the sketches, changed some jokes and added a stronger narrative thread. We’re really excited about it.

SAM: I’m going to find my umbrella.

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How has your creative relationship evolved over the last few years as you’ve gotten busier? How do you keep it fresh and find inspiration?

BECKY: Sam is allergic to avocados, so every now and then I’ll sprinkle some into her coffee to see what happens.

SAM: Becky knows how to keep me on my toes. Because we’ve been writing together for about 4 years now, we have the advantage of trust. We’re best friends and writing partners, so we’re not afraid to say to each other “I don’t think that’s the funniest option” or “we can do better”. Ultimately we’ve gotten over the fear of failure, so we’re free to try weird shit and have fun.

Who are your influences? Who are some of your favorite sketch comedy acts performing today?

BECKY: We saw Ana Gasteyer perform her album live and that was a real fucking treat. And Key & Peele and Amy Schumer forever.

SAM: Ana Gasteyer is incredible. She’s a comedic force and I hope one day she lets us braid her hair. I’ve been very into the old Good Neighbor videos, and I always return to my forever favorite Derrick Comedy.

Do you have any fun “worst show” or “worst audience member” stories?

BECKY: One time we did a show in a basement (normal) with a bunch of 50-something hecklers visiting New York. The show was basically “Your Favorite Hack Comedian” and they thought all the comedians were making real jokes, but they were LOVING it. So Sam and I were excited to see what they would say about our “stand-up from the perspective of farmers written for Amy Schumer,” but they left before we had the chance. So…I guess we’ll never know.

SAM: We recently did a show that was themed to this famous Spanish painting from the 1700’s. So, obviously we wore SPANX, bras, and colonial wigs then asked the audience to draw us. An old man in the front row looked me in the eyes and handed me a horrifying drawing of a hideous turtle creature.

Do you have any fun “best show” stories?

BECKY: All our shows at Austin!

SAM: See above. The first year we performed at ASF we had no idea what to expect. The audience for that show remains the best we’ve ever had. We peaked at that show and it’s been all downhill from there, honestly.

What should people interested in comedy know that you didn’t know when you started?

BECKY: Try it onstage before it’s “ready”.

SAM: And also keep in mind that nothing is ever finished. Never say to yourself “no more rewrites”. You should be rewriting and finding the best possible jokes until the second you go on stage.

What else – comedy wise – are you looking forward to this year?

BECKY: We’re going to a lot of weddings.

SAM: We sure are. Look out for our new sketch show titled “We went to a lot of weddings”. Also, we’re most looking forward to selling out.

We need to increase the visibility of this article. Any suggestions for a click-bait headline?

BECKY: Uber starts new app called Boober, where women are required to be topless, PICS HERE.

SAM: Cast of 30 Rock to Headline Austin Sketch Fest, No Really. (I’ll happily sign autographs as Tina Fey).

You can catch Girls With Brown Hair on Saturday, May 28th 10pm at Spiderhouse Ballroom along with LA’s The Executives and ATX’s Daniel Webb. TICKETS HERE