What happens when you combine one talented comedian and singer and one rocking pianist and improviser? You get LA-based lesbian cabaret duo, That’s What She Said. Comprised of pianist Kathryn Lounsbery and singer Amy Turner, the two have been wowing LA audiences since 2007. Now it’s Chicago’s chance. Thank goodness they brought their rainbow jackets!
Our Town What brought you together?
Kathryn Lounsbery I was looking to do something different [when] I saw Amy perform [at Second City], improvising amazing and funny songs. I knew I had to work with her.
Amy Turner After the show, Kathryn gave me her card, and we started working on songs that were already written. Then we started writing our own.
KL And they happened to be about lesbians.
OT You two are a couple. Any challenges?
KL Of course!
AT You answered really fast.
KL See what I mean? Can you imagine living AND working with this attitude?
OT What kind of audiences does your show attract?
AT Interestingly, very diverse. Especially in Los Angeles, we've been getting crowds that are truly mixed.
OT There must be plenty to lampoon in LA. Any funny anecdotes?
KL We find our anecdotes everywhere.
AT Lesbians are always willing to tell stories.
KL Then they say "Oh no! You're probably going to use that in your show."
AT And the answer is yes.
OT What’s your favorite song in the show right now?
AT I love me some Gilbert and Sullivan light opera. We worked so hard on this song, a great blend of a very specific and historical style with a modern subject.
OT Your U-Haul rap song video has made a worldwide impact, playing everywhere from San Francisco to Tel Aviv. What inspired it?
AT We were running through the list of lesbian stereotypes and knew we had to do something about U-Hauls.
KL [During] our first session, I was playing guitar, no idea why, and I started singing "beep beep" in a kind of dark, Tenacious D way.
AT Somehow it made the transition into rap. The original version was fourteen minutes long.
KL And while people love fourteen minute long raps, it eventually got cut down.
OT Tell us about those snazzy jackets.
AT I’ll take the credit. I was at Out of the Closet, a great second-hand store in West Hollywood, and I saw [them]; perfect condition and $10 each. I actually said to the clerk "are you kidding me with these jackets?"
KL People often think they're vests. They are actually full-on jackets that don't fit us because they are made for children.
AT We owe the Gap a huge thanks for making such tiny, gay jackets!
OT The second night of your upcoming Chicago performance is sold out, yet you’ve never played here. To what do you attribute this?
KL Rugby teams.
KL We've met a lot of great women on our trips with lesbian travel company, Sweet. Many live in Chicago and they've rallied their friends.
AT And rugby teams.
OT Future plans?
KL I recently cut back my day job so we can travel more.
AT More travel and content from us in general. We're both excited for 2011.
KL It's the year of the lesbian.
AT And rabbit, according to the Chinese calendar.
A freelance writer with an MFA in Creative Writing from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Sarah Terez Rosenblum, when not writing, supports herself as a figure model, Spinning instructor and teacher at Chicago's Story Studio. Inevitably one day she will find herself lecturing naked on a spinning bike. She’s kind of looking forward to it actually.