Pride, prejudice, honest laughter and maternal relief — Bravo Pure & Weary!

I watched with genuine pride, a little prejudice, honest laughter and maternal relief as my daughter Katherine and her talented friend Leah Frires triumphantly debuted their live sketch comedy show last Friday night at the Lincoln Loft.

While we dearly love to laugh in our family, we also realize that comedy can be tricky, especially on opening night…as a brand new duo…in front of your mom.

But Pure and Weary nailed their nearly hour-long set, with good-natured sketches skewering social media, cat calls, and insecurity. A sketch based on their real-life experiences as awkward 13-year olds came off as both tender and funny; they ably mined the middle school trenches for humor, without sinking to its level to achieve it.

I thought of this not coincidental Jane Austen quote as I watched them roll.

“I hope I never ridicule what is wise or good. Follies and nonsense, whims and inconsistencies do divert me, I own, and I laugh at them whenever I can.”

Great comedy requires wit, timing and the ability to recognize humor, but it doesn’t have to be biting or unkind.

Bawdy at times, and not necessarily all suitable for this blog, the sketches maintained a crisp pace and a high level of humor. “We’re only back-up singers,” a funny concept, also showcased the duos ability to harmonize and poke fun at themselves.

Pure & Weary, part of Flannel:An Autumn Evening of Comedy, runs every Friday through November. A $10 suggested donation covers the evening’s entertainment and a free signature drink. (It was delicious.)

Here’s a little taste of the show:

Donna and Vinnie at the Lincoln Loft
Vinnie and Katherine’s Aunt Donna joined me for the opening night performance. So exciting!
ben and sam at lambeau 013
Vinnie brought his camera equipment and gave the boom mic to…
ben and sam at lambeau 015
…Katherine’s adorable friend Heidi, a speech therapist and accomplished actress. (She forgot she was holding it, though, which is a testament to how much she enjoyed the show.)
Katherine and Leah
I loved this Wizard of Oz inspired look at ridiculous cat calls.
They're only backup singers
They’re “only backup singers”, but they put on an excellent show.
Katherine and Leah give birth to Pure and Weary
We witnessed the miraculous birth of Pure & Weary and we can’t wait to see how she grows.
Pure and Weary and they're director
This is the duo, together with their director, Stephanie Kauffman.
The Pure and Weary gang
I’m telling you, there’s nothing better than opening night! I liked this show so much, I’m heading back to Chicago this week to see it again. #StalkerMom

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