It’s my second week of interviews for the 2015 Dallas Comedy Festival, and this gig just keeps getting better. This week, I sat down with the sketch group Bad Example out of Austin, Texas. A group of eight whose style is often described as bold, dark, and wildly energetic, I was stoked to get the skinny on this funny team.
Since all my interviews are obviously live, in person and somewhere neat, where are we and name five things that you see?
We are of one mind, so we will answer as one. Also, there are eight of us now, so we can't all try to have the spotlight. In this room, we are currently looking at 1) empty beer cans 2) a tiny studio apartment 3) a lot of laptops 4) A Shania Twain video (Thanks, Cody)
This is because we are having a writer's meeting for our upcoming show, and this is about normal for our writing environment.
Great taste in music, Cody. Speaking of forgotten 90’s stars, you guys remind me of the 90’s pop group S Club 7 Simon Fuller created after the Spice Girls broke up. How’d your crew get together, and where did your name come from?
Our name happened because when we all first met for the first time, we couldn't come up with names. Someone suggested a name and followed it with, "That was a bad example." Micheal then said, "I like Bad Example," and it kind of stuck because that fits our style pretty well.
Bad examples—they can be pretty funny. Let’s play:
Bad example of a first date: Jeff had a date where someone asked him to be her sperm donor.
Bad example of someone hip: This guy at one of our shows recently had a Cartman "Respect my Authori-tah" shirt. Seriously, how old is that?
Bad example of a a relaxing enviroment: I-35. That's topical in Austin AND in Dallas, right? Zing.
You have a YouTube channel now, what’s the deal, and when can we watch new things?
We do! It's super exciting because we are releasing a brand-new video sketch every single Tuesday at 10 a.m. to go along with our brand-new Saturday shows. It's on our channel, "Bad Example Comedy."
Tell us something really important to know about you guys before you come to Dallas. I mean, like, really important.
We all had super high hopes of going to TJ & Dave and were super sad to hear they sold out so quickly. So it's important to know that we are going to perform with a vengeance.
Anything else we should know?
We really are super excited to do our first DCF. We are going to do the wildest collection of sketches and really do hope you come out and see us have fun on a new stage!
Bad Example performs Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. with Manick and Night Rhymers. Tickets are on sale now.
Tori Oman is a level three student at DCH. She’s trained and performed with the Second City and iO in L.A. and Chicago. Favorite pastimes include being irrationally competitive at Monopoly, eating an apple in every country she’s traveled to, and being the sole person on this planet that thinks Necco Wafers are a delicious candy choice.