DCF2016: Pure & Weary

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.

Pure and WearyThis 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!)

Please visit the Dallas Comedy Festival blog to learn more about Pure & Weary and to purchase tickets.

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.