Q&A: Nicchia Schutt, Beck Buckingham, and Lauren Randall of “Me, Myself & I”

Bris Funny Fest is well underway, and with several brilliant female comedians performing in venues all over the city, there’s no reason to miss out.

We caught up with Nicchia Schutt, Beck Buckingham, and Lauren Randall ahead of their show, Me, Myself & I, at Heya Bar this Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of August. Learn more about how they got into stand up and how Me, Myself & I came to be, then grab your tickets HERE!

(L-R) Beck Buckingham, Lauren Randall, Nicchia Schutt

Please can you tell us a bit about who you are and what you do?

Nicchia Schutt: Essentially I’m a country girl – I’m old enough to know better and young enough not to care. I have a serious job as a WHS investigator and consultant (I’m currently a sole trader but have worked for BP, Defence, Higher Education) and then I have my fun job/hobby – stand-up comedy and co-hosting Sheepoll with Beck.

Beck Buckingham: After a career in television production that looked great on paper but felt less than wonderful in real life, I ended up at an oil refinery in the back blocks of Brisbane and have been pretty happy ever since. I’ve done IT, KM, and L&D… and after I ran out of acronym teams to work in, I’m now involved in a project co-ordination role.  None of this is particularly funny, though to me, funny comes from the inside out anyway.

Lauren Randall: I’ve been a librarian for years, but I did communications at uni. I like libraries, but I’m still not really sure what I want to do. If anyone has any ideas, let me know.

Nicchia Schutt

How did you first get into comedy?

NS: When the BP refinery made everyone redundant I realised life is unpredictable, so I conned Beck into doing Fiona McGary’s Stand Up Comedy Course with me. I’d always wanted to try stand up, but living in Toowoomba for so many years with no comedy scene made it feel too hard.

I may have started late in life – but at least I started.

BB: I found myself working with Nicchia on a project at work, and realised that we had an awful lot in common and made each other laugh. She announced one day that she’d always wanted to do a stand up comedy course, and asked if she ever found one would I join her.  I foolishly said yes, thinking that would be the last I heard of it. Sure enough, she came knocking several months later and said she’d signed us up.

There’s a saying that you should do at least one thing every day that scares you, and as I hadn’t filled my quota for that day – I thought ‘why the hell not’.

What an awesome decision it turned out to be just from a personal development perspective!

LR: I read Amy Poehler‘s book and she writes about how many times she’s failed, and how hard she’s had to work to get to where she is.

And I thought, if Amy Poehler has bombed and been scared, then I can have a go just one time. So I did. And now I can’t stop.

What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career to date, and how did you overcome it?

NS: I think being female and older then the majority of comedians can make it tricky.

Don’t get me wrong, there are some really generous people (male and female) on the Brisbane comedy scene, but it took a while to settle in.

I also find that some places have a very young male audience and they were my biggest challenge when I started. I don’t think I’ve conquered that market, but I have developed jokes more appropriate to their sense of humour. It’s a work in progress.

BB: I recently put myself out there for another show that might turn into something regular, and clearly one of the guys I work for didn’t get the memo about how you might best deliver constructive feedback on a performance in the corporate world… To say he was unflinching in targeting my soft little underbelly would be an understatement.

Having said that my girlfriend, who’s a wonderful artist, said this is the great downside of wanting to pursue an activity that is so subjective; you put a little bit of yourself and your heart out there each time with the best of intentions, so it’ll still catch you by surprise sometimes when some people say “Yuck”.

Learn from it, and move through it as quickly as you can.

LR: Bombing.

I don’t think I’ve overcome the fear of bombing, but I’ve learnt to take it in stride.

There’s always something to work on and improve.

Beck Buckingham

What’s your favourite thing about being in comedy?

NS: As cliché as it sounds, making people laugh. And, of course, having the opportunity to show off.

BB: Here I go again with the “there’s a saying” thing…

One of my favourite things to live by is that you have the ability to impact the experience of another person every day – and you can choose to make that positive or not.

A beautiful lady came up to me after my set one night, and said how much she loved a bit that I did about birds that really tickled her and that she’ll never look at a rainbow lorikeet the same again. Just knowing that little old me had actually given someone a small feel good moment for the day was really lovely.

LR: It’s a real craft.

There’s so much to learn, but no rulebook or guidelines.

You just have to get in there and try. It’s really fun, and feels great to have a good gig.

Can you tell us more about Me, Myself & I and how it all came together?

BB: The tagline in our show is actually spot on… An incident investigator (Nicchia), a librarian (Lauren), and an L&D specialist (me) DID walk into a bar, the Sit Down Comedy Club, to participate in Fiona McGary’s Comedy Course, and we walked out as friends. Constantly seeing each other around Brisbane, when a chance came up to have a show at Bris Funny Fest – we thought why not inject a bit more oestrogen into the Brisbane comedy scene together.

You can spend a lot of time sitting around waiting for other people to hand you an opportunity, or just go and do it yourself!

LR: I met Beck and Nicchia at Fiona McGary’s comedy course, where I got on stage for the first time. I was terrified, but the course was the best thing I’ve ever done. That was 2 years ago, and we’ve been working at comedy ever since. I’m really excited about Me, Myself & I, because I think there’s something really interesting about how our life experiences are different. Nicchia and Beck never had to use Tinder to meet someone, and I’ve got no idea what it’s like to be a mum.

Do you have any advice for aspiring comedians?

NS: Two things – If you want to try stand up, do it (and a comedy course is a great idea) and, secondly, don’t let a bad gig make you stop.

BB: There is a fine line between arrogance and confidence, and by and large – people generally want you to succeed in making them laugh.

Confidence is a really attractive quality, and an audience will be very kind to you if you have a genuine intent to entertain them and not talk down to them.

I try and look close to home for the things that make me laugh or the things that I enjoy talking about that I hope people like listening to. If you feel horrible and nervous before you go on, that’s not a good thing. If you feel excited and nervous because you really want to share what you’ve written, that’s perfect.

LR: I am an aspiring comedian. So to anyone aspiring to be an aspiring comedian, just have a go.

Lauren Randall

After Me, Myself & I, what’s next for you?

NS: More open mic, another festival show, more writing, and hopefully better jokes. Plus world domination.

BB: If I’m truthful, in my perfect world I AM actually waiting for someone to walk up to me one night and say “You were awesome beyond belief and we would very much like to hurl large quantities of money at you so you can be a writer on our show/host our radio program/perform in front of large groups of people and change the world.”

Though, honestly, if the best it ever gets is that a random lady now has a little smile to herself the next time she sees a rainbow lorikeet because of me… Then I am 100% great with that too!

LR: More gigs! The Bris Funny Fest has had some amazing talent in town and I feel inspired to try new material and expand my current stories.

Get your tickets to Me, Myself & I on the 19th and 20th of August at Heya Bar!


Answers and Images by Nicchia Schutt, Beck Buckingham, and Lauren Randall

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Edited and Compiled by Emma Kate Lewis

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