Dazza and Keif are intergalactic heroes who are gonna save the world and sh!t, starting by being the first blokes to breakdance on the moon. Plus, they heard there’s heaps of hot space chicks in the Milky Way if ya know what I mean.
Award-winning comedy duo Danni Ray and Keely Windred return to the stage as their much lauded alter egos Dazza and Keif this Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Dazza and Keif Go Viral in Space with Ya Mum is the second instalment in the Dazza and Keif Go Viral Trilogy and sees the boys embark on a quest for romance in the modern age – the space age.
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
DR: People coming to see Dazza and Keif for the first time can expect epic matching tracksuits, sick dance moves, lit raps, hypermasculinity with homoerotic undertones, plus a handful of outdated 90s popstar references. It’s drag comedy with a political message.
What/Who was its inspiration?
KW: We’re inspired by boy-band dance moves, the unique Australian brand of toxic masculinity, gender inequality, odd couple stories such as Kevin and Perry Go Large, Wayne’s World and Kath and Kim, and the dudes I grew up with in country NSW.
What do you think its best quality is?
DR: The show has something for everyone, it’s a real genre mongrel. A mixture of dance, comedy, musical stylings, surprise guests, plot twists and overall, two blokes you love to hate to love.
Why should people see it?
KW: How often do you see a couple of chicks dress up as blokes in matching tracksuits in a show that will make you laugh, cry and vomit in your mouth a little bit? It’s a very fun and unique show. People often say that their faces hurt from laughing, but there is a lot of depth to it too. It tells an important story about gender roles and expectations in Australia.
If there’s one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
DR: Dazza and Keif erupted onto the drag scene nearly two years ago and the response has been epic! We never imagined so many people would jump onboard this crazy ride with us, and we are eternally grateful for their love, support and trust.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
KW: Tough question! Melbourne Fringe Festival performers have been a big influence for both of us. We see some amazing shows there every year and love that it supports some incredible and important fringe theatre and makers. We debuted Dazza and Keif at Melbourne Fringe in 2018 and felt really supported as newcomers. We also constantly feel inspired by our local drag community. Melbourne is home to some really innovative, brave and boundary-pushing drag artists.
Who makes you want to create?
DR: Our drag community, our friends and family, artists such as Sarah Ward, Candy Bowers and Zoe Coombs Marr, character actors like Jim Carey and Magda Szubanski, our producer Tom Backhaus who is constantly screaming at us to make him proud, and the unrelenting reign of the patriarchy.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
KW: We met as dance teachers and both knew that we loved to perform and entertain from a young age. However, we hadn’t really thought of ourselves as comedians until we performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year. I personally have had a few men in my life tell me that I am not funny or that women aren’t as funny as men and I am sad to say that I had internalised that belief to an extent. However, after Dazza and Keif have had audience members almost wetting themselves from laughter, we both now realise we are comedians and are actually pretty damn funny!
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
DR: To us, comedy and entertainment are opportunities for all kinds of voices to be heard and stories to be represented. Making people laugh is a great way to engage them in a narrative, and we love work that is accessible as well as political. Creation is something we love to do together and have always done. Dazza and Keif give us a great platform to create content that is, as an audience member coined, “so stupid and so smart”.
What are 3 words that describe you?
KW: Three words that describe Dazza: Feral, pathetic, bully.
Three words that describe Keif: Unsure, thoughtful, virgin.
Three words that describe Dazza and Keif: Bromantic, ignorant, losers.
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
DR: Some people don’t actually know we are both quite femme folk with big curly hair! It takes a lot of gel to tame these manes, but we do enjoy the incognito element when we’re out of drag. We met teaching in a Beyonce-themed dance school and many people wouldn’t know that we have about 30 Bey routines under our collective belt. We often improv in character and try to say surprising things to make the other break and laugh on stage. Cruel or hilarious?
What’s next for you?
KW: Dazza and Keif have a lot of projects up their neon tracksuit sleeves! We have just started writing the third show in the Go Viral Trilogy and are so excited to share those shenanigans with you all at MICF next year! We’re currently launching a monthly queer party at Common Rooms (Melbourne Fringe’s year-long venue FKA Trades Hall) called Go Hard Go Homo. We want to make the event a really fun dance party that highlights queer performers and DJs; particularly AFAB, trans and non-binary talent. We have recently launched a weekly Drag King night at Rainbow House Club called Boiz Boiz Boiz which we are really excited about too. We’ve always wanted to venture into television and create a web series, and might have something in the works in that department so watch this space! We will keep you well-informed on Instagram and Facebook. The boiz are pretty much up for anything.
Dazza and Keif Go Viral in Space with Ya Mum
Written and performed by Danni Ray and Keely Windred
April 7 – 19
Booking: phone 03 9685 5111 or online at www.malthousetheatre.com.au/whats-on/comedy-festival-2020/dazza-and-keif-go-viral-in-space-with-ya-mum/ and www.comedyfestival.com.au