If you know who Morgan Grobe is, there’s a pretty good chance you’re also aware of who DK Reinemer is—and vice versa.
Although the comedians and actors both have unique talents that set them apart, the duo has been collaborating for so many years that it can be nearly impossible to think of one without including the other.
Whether they’re performing onstage at the Upfront Theatre or the iDiOM Theater, teaming up on local films, or holding film noir poses at Dr. Sketchy’s Anti-Art School (see cover photo), Grobe and Reinemer have proven time and again they have what it takes to entertain the masses.
This is all well and good—except for the fact that, not too far in the future, the two will be leaving Whatcom County and heading to Hollywood. Like others who have come before them, they’re vacating the area in the name of fame and fortune.
“The move was prompted by wanting to take my art to the next level and have the possibility of making a living at it,” Grobe says. “There was a moment last October, having just done two shows at the L.A. Comedy Fest and not feeling like we were out of our league, and sitting on the beach in shorts, that I realized it might not be such a horrible place to live.”
Reinemer concurs, adding that he loves Bellingham, but is eager to see what he can accomplish in Los Angeles. (He’s also partial to the sandy beaches and warm weather.)
Although they plan to pursue singular careers involving everything from improv to theater to stand up to music, both performers say the DK & Morgan Show will continue once they get to the big city. Apparently, even after nearly nine years of sharing friendship and stage time, they’re not tired of each other’s company just yet.
“It’s great to have someone pushing me as well as supporting me creatively,” Reinemer says. “Live performance of any kind is pretty damn scary; it’s nice to have someone you can always count on out there.”
Grobe points to a “shared sense of silliness” as a reason to keep collaborating. “Are we sick of each other? Yes. But in a good way. Like a virus that makes you stronger.”
Whatever happens in the big city—whether they get their dream jobs right off the bat or are forced to sharpen pencils on the set of a star-studded remake of a classic film—both Reinemer and Grobe say they’ll never forget the Bellingham audiences who have embraced their talents over the years.
“Bellingham is such a nurturing and supportive place, it’s daunting/enticing to go somewhere more competitive and put your material out there for audiences and money-grubbing gatekeepers of the entertainment industry,” Grobe says.
“I’ve learned everything I know about who I am as a performer from Bellingham audiences,” Reinemer adds. “I’ve been spoiled up here by a great community that holds the arts with the highest regard. I just hope L.A. can compare.”
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