Nat Harris & Megan McCrea: Marked To Clear

Two new girls have gotten together for this year’s MICF to do a show together. Natalie Harris and Megan McCrea reckon they’re misfits, or at the very least bad apples, and may possibly end up in the remainder bin. “Marked to Clear is part stand-up, part sketch comedy, part garage sale,” says McCrea. “We love the energy of interacting with the audience. It should be a real mixed bag.” McCrea made it to the RAW Comedy National Final in 2014 but that hasn’t opened each and every door. “I tried to get into the Camberwell amateur theatre group but they wouldn’t have me! They were just into serious people.” 
The two hit it off when they met at a RAW Comedy heat. Marked to Clear is the baby they’ve made together. “When we met we chatted about doing skits and comedy together,” McCrea says. “I’m turning 30 and I’ve never had a serious relationship; I cover the relationship stuff, but it’s not just about being single – it’s bit about that and more about where I am in life; I’m looking at my life. Plus the humiliating journey that I’m on! It’s about being a misfit. Not so much but doing a few skits about things that have happened to us. It’s each other’s life stories and some other characters.” 
Harris performed her own solo show, Secrets in MICF 2014. Last year she presented The Vagina Diaries documentary for ABC2’s Opening Shot series I’m a massive collector,” she says. “I used to collect footy cards but I gave that up for crystals.” 
“She’s given me a crystal for my confidence on stage,” adds McCrea. “I’m finding the spiritual aspect of life,” continues Harris, who appeared in a 2013 Tropfest finalist film Charades, the ABC2 comedy series Twentysomething as well as Channel 31’s Studio A. The crystals are working then. “I always did drama at high school,” she says. “I went on to do performance art; I always just really enjoyed it. Did an intense impro course – it was petrifying but very good .” 
“We’ve had some similar experiences,” Harris says. “We’re both a middle child so this is an attempt to get some attention. And we both had misguided aspirations to becoming police officers. We can play really good cops on stage. Just don’t ask us to do the paperwork.” 
“Nat’s moved apartments and is dealing with a body corporate for the first time,” continues McCrea. “Our comedy is very much anecdotes, day to day stuff. It’s stand-up mixed with skits. Play other characters. We really want to take advantage of the fact that we’re doing a show with someone else. Not just the standard format. Not just 20 minutes of stand-up each. I got banned from Crown Casino last year; I got banned for five years. I have to make an application to go to the restaurant. You think you’d never go back. But a lot of things happen at Crown, there’s comedy at Crown and when people come to Melbourne they want to go there – it is a thing. My parents wanted to go there. They have facial recognition software and when I walked in with my mum and dad I got tapped on the shoulder and was asked to leave.” 
A five year ban from the Casino’s a bit bad-arse. But you’ll have to see the show to find out what she did. Harris isn’t quite such a rabble rouser. “I’ve got a few warrants, unpaid myki fines, parking fines; they’ll get me one day.”

Venue:  The Grand Mercure Hotel - The Downstairs Lounge, 195 Swanston St, CBD
Dates: March 26 - April 15 (except Monday)
Time: 8.30pm 
Tickets: $10 - $15