29-Year-Old Sam Reece Is Excelling At Friendship And Musical Comedy

Sam Reece

Sam Reece, live.

Mindy Tucker

It isn’t out of the ordinary to see Sam Reece don a silly wig or mustache. The sketch comedy performer has become a UCB favorite and a festival darling with her wacky characters. Between her characters and comedy songs, Reece’s upbeat approach to comedy is infectious. 

The 29-year-old Reece has written for MTV, CollegeHumor, NBC, and Refinery29 and has appeared in many of their online sketches. She is set to appear in the new Comedy Central show Alternatino from Broad City’s Arturo Castro. Reece performs with her musical comedy duo, Girls with Brown Hair, and by herself. Girls with Brown Hair has toured extensively and headlined festivals such as Austin Sketchfest, Seattle Sketchfest, Philly Sketchfest, Chicago Fringe Festival, Boston Comedy Arts, and NYC Sketchfest. While Reece has an impressive list of accomplishments, she is quick to insert that she also runs the Twitter account for the snack food, Combos. 

Reece went to school for musical theater but never saw the parts that she would have wanted to play. The fit didn’t seem exactly right for her. Reece remembers a specific workshop when everyone was sharing the moment they realized they wanted to pursue theater. “Everyone said their ‘aha moment’ was when they realized they wanted to be on Broadway and I specifically remember lying because I'd never had that. I was thinking, ‘I guess I've always done this thing, so I'll keep doing it,’” she describes. “I felt really out of place even more than I already had.” In 2011, all that changed after Reece went to UCB’s Sketchfest. After the very first show she saw, she had her ‘aha moment.” She could be a performer and get to write and be funny if she pursued comedy. 

Reece started doing sketch comedy at UCB. “When I first started getting into sketch comedy, I was pretty purist about it. I was doing very straightforward sketch and I really missed singing,” Reece explains. But then Reece met Becky Chicoine. “When I ended up meeting Becky and found out that she also had a theater background, it all clicked again. Musical comedy is just the perfect combination of two worlds and it's so specific and perfect for our voices and the things we want to be doing.” Chicoine and Reece quickly started Girls with Brown Hair and started performing together.  

While Girls with Brown Hair focuses on musical comedy, Chicoine and Reece are frequent writing partners. Other than their songs, the two have been performing a parody show inspired by a 1963 Judy Garland Christmas special called 1947 Thanksgiving Special. The two are also in development for a new Comedy Central online show about working in retail; the show is inspired from Chicoine and Reece’s past work in retail. Reece recalls, “I got Becky the job so she could have health insurance.” While the show has started filming this month, it wasn’t an easy process to get it to that point. “It's been a long time coming. What I basically learned this year is that when you move to that next step and you're developing TV shows and things like that with networks, it just is so much work and there’s so many elements of rejection,” she explains. “We've been working with them for almost three years trying to get something made. And so the fact that this is getting made is incredibly exciting and that we wrote it and we're starring in it and we got all the say in casting so we get to cast our friends and lift up the community that we came up with.”

While Chicoine and Reece always play two peas in a pod onstage, Reece also works on some projects alone. “In this past year, I've been focusing a lot on what my individual voice sounds like.” She continues, “And I think honestly therapy has [shaped my voice.]  I've been in therapy for about a year and a half now. And it's really helped me shape what I want to talk about and how, and I've really been focusing on the idea is speaking my truth. I've found that when I'm super honest, I put a little comedic spin on something that really happened to me or things I'm going through, that people really connect with it.”

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It isn’t out of the ordinary to see Sam Reece don a silly wig or mustache. The sketch comedy performer has become a UCB favorite and a festival darling with her wacky characters. Between her characters and comedy songs, Reece’s upbeat approach to comedy is infectious. 

The 29-year-old Reece has written for MTV, CollegeHumor, NBC, and Refinery29 and has appeared in many of their online sketches. She is set to appear in the new Comedy Central show Alternatino from Broad City’s Arturo Castro. Reece performs with her musical comedy duo, Girls with Brown Hair, and by herself. Girls with Brown Hair has toured extensively and headlined festivals such as Austin Sketchfest, Seattle Sketchfest, Philly Sketchfest, Chicago Fringe Festival, Boston Comedy Arts, and NYC Sketchfest. While Reece has an impressive list of accomplishments, she is quick to insert that she also runs the Twitter account for the snack food, Combos. 

Reece went to school for musical theater but never saw the parts that she would have wanted to play. The fit didn’t seem exactly right for her. Reece remembers a specific workshop when everyone was sharing the moment they realized they wanted to pursue theater. “Everyone said their ‘aha moment’ was when they realized they wanted to be on Broadway and I specifically remember lying because I'd never had that. I was thinking, ‘I guess I've always done this thing, so I'll keep doing it,’” she describes. “I felt really out of place even more than I already had.” In 2011, all that changed after Reece went to UCB’s Sketchfest. After the very first show she saw, she had her ‘aha moment.” She could be a performer and get to write and be funny if she pursued comedy. 

Reece started doing sketch comedy at UCB. “When I first started getting into sketch comedy, I was pretty purist about it. I was doing very straightforward sketch and I really missed singing,” Reece explains. But then Reece met Becky Chicoine. “When I ended up meeting Becky and found out that she also had a theater background, it all clicked again. Musical comedy is just the perfect combination of two worlds and it's so specific and perfect for our voices and the things we want to be doing.” Chicoine and Reece quickly started Girls with Brown Hair and started performing together.  

While Girls with Brown Hair focuses on musical comedy, Chicoine and Reece are frequent writing partners. Other than their songs, the two have been performing a parody show inspired by a 1963 Judy Garland Christmas special called 1947 Thanksgiving Special. The two are also in development for a new Comedy Central online show about working in retail; the show is inspired from Chicoine and Reece’s past work in retail. Reece recalls, “I got Becky the job so she could have health insurance.” While the show has started filming this month, it wasn’t an easy process to get it to that point. “It's been a long time coming. What I basically learned this year is that when you move to that next step and you're developing TV shows and things like that with networks, it just is so much work and there’s so many elements of rejection,” she explains. “We've been working with them for almost three years trying to get something made. And so the fact that this is getting made is incredibly exciting and that we wrote it and we're starring in it and we got all the say in casting so we get to cast our friends and lift up the community that we came up with.”

While Chicoine and Reece always play two peas in a pod onstage, Reece also works on some projects alone. “In this past year, I've been focusing a lot on what my individual voice sounds like.” She continues, “And I think honestly therapy has [shaped my voice.]  I've been in therapy for about a year and a half now. And it's really helped me shape what I want to talk about and how, and I've really been focusing on the idea is speaking my truth. I've found that when I'm super honest, I put a little comedic spin on something that really happened to me or things I'm going through, that people really connect with it.”

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