Katherine Biskupic and Leah Frires make up Pure & Weary, a sketch comedy duo based in Los Angeles via Chicago their first love (cue Sinead O’Connor’s, Nothing Compares 2 U).
Trained at The Second City and The Annoyance Theatre, Pure & Weary have performed at the Chicago Sketch Comedy Festival, Dallas Comedy Festival, Crossroads Comedy Festival, The New Movement Theatre-NOLA, Big-Little Comedy fest, Philly Sketchfest, Seattle Sketch Fest, NYC Sketch Fest and The Joshua Tree International Comedy Festival where they took home the award of, “Best Sketch Group.” Their videos have been featured on Funny or Die, UPROXX, Chicago Now, Comediva, Funny Women, Girl Talk HQ, WhoHaHa, USA Today, Chicago Hustles Magazine and the iO Comedy Network. Their original single cam pilot, TITLE IX, is a Top 10 Finalist for Final Draft’s Big Break Competition and a semifinalist for the Second City Original Sitcom Contest. They currently perform at Second City-Hollywood and the Comedy Central Stage.
They are ethical carnivores who love the snow and still don’t know how to pronounce, ‘acai.’
Katherine Biskupic is an actor and writer based in LA via Chicago and Wisconsin. She has worked with the Second City Training Center, The Annoyance Theatre, iO Chicago, Citadel Theatre, Stage 773, Writers’ Theatre, Door Shakespeare, Madison Children’s Theatre, and Savvy Theatre Works (Bocas, Mexico). Katherine won the Second City Mary Scruggs Works by Women Festival writing award. After winning the Voice to Screen contest, her short film, “Insecurity,” was featured at the Women’s International Film & Arts Festival, the Utopia Film Festival, the Green Bay Film Festival and the GI Film Festival.
Leah Frires is an actor and writer born and bred in Cleveland, Ohio, currently living in LA via Chicago. She has had the pleasure of working with such theatres as The Annoyance Theatre, The Second City Training Center, iO Chicago, Stage 773, The Raven Theatre and the Uptown Underground. She was a cast member of the non-equity Jeff-nominated show, Playboy of the Western World, at the Raven Theatre and is a four-year member of Burlesque Is More, a Chicago Reader nominated show for "Best Burlesque Troupe".
*Photography by Leslie Hassler