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Nikki Lynn â€“ an angel sings dirty
By David Stuart â€” Sunday, May 30, 2010
You probably would not take your parents to see her perform. In fact, she did not even let her biological parents hear any of her â€œfunny songsâ€.
[WARNING: strong language follows]
If you did not understand English you would swear Nikki Lynn Katt (pictured) was an angel singing. But when you understand her, itâ€™s a much different story.
She seems to know this. â€œI think that my songs make people think that Iâ€™m not exactly marriage material,â€ she told Newsbytes after her kick-off gig in Brisbane.
So what do they think? â€œThey do think that Iâ€™m fucking material â€“ which Iâ€™m not into because really when it comes down to it I want marriage, babies and a white picket fence.â€
Why do they think that? Kattâ€™s pink business card is adorned with butterflies and a rainbow. But it deserves a second glance. The card reads, â€œComedian, Musician, Vagina Modelâ€.
The American is on her second trip to Australia for a three-week tour. She performed at the Sit Down Comedy Club in Paddington with compatriot Sam Tripoli. In her luggage is Ginger â€“ her guitar â€“ a few changes of clothes and songs like Heartbroken Vagina. She even brought some community service announcements she sings for high school students back home.
â€œIf I were going to be an STD, Iâ€™d want to be herpes,â€ she sings. Herpes, she claims, is the less serious of sexually transmitted infections, and mainly harmless. The teachers wouldnâ€™t agree.
Nikki Lynn Katt floats in that grey void between comedian and musician. On stage with her guitar and minimal banter between songs, she is good at both.
â€œYeah, I actually started out doing serious music and I actually went to Berklee college of music in Boston, and got in for serious songs. I was a song-writing major and I got in for voice, but switched to guitar and I didnâ€™t even know my songs were comedy songs.
â€œPeople liked my funny songs better than they liked my â€™slit-my-wristâ€™ songs so eventually after enough people told me I was a comedian, including my grandfather, I was like, I guess I should try a comedy club.â€
Audiences take a while to warm up to her act. The modestly dressed Katt says this is particularly the case in Australia.â€œ I donâ€™t think that people in Australia realise that they have permission to laugh during the song,â€ she said.
Her lyrics are vulgar but they seem to connect with members of the audience. â€œAll of my songs are based in truth. Every word might not be factually accurate.â€ Hmm. â€œWhen Iâ€™m with you I want to die, I want to slit my wrists, and I donâ€™t know why, when Iâ€™m with you I want to bash in your head.â€ One has to wonder how factually accurate such lyrics are.
Her name is not completely accurate. â€œItâ€™s a stage name â€“ I also do some work in non-profit so I keep it separate,â€ she explained to Newsbytes. Audiences would be surprised to know this.
What about the future? Katt sees herself falling into a similar position to Arj Barker who is probably better known in Australia than the American homeland.
â€œI think in LA the comedy clubs donâ€™t quite donâ€™t get me and music venues kind of do, so I think itâ€™s a thing where I have to create my own event and write my own ticketâ€¦ whereas in Australia they seem to embrace music more even though in comedy clubs it is not as common but, you have radio songs that are comedy songs so itâ€™s an interesting balance.â€