By day, Caitie Beardmore and Michaela Glafke are teachers, but when they slip on their nun habits, they transform into Sisters Mary Rose and Maria Stella. The funny friends started their comedic act Nun & Nunner while leading a youth group in 2006 with encouragement from a mentor. “The first time, we bombed; it was bad,” recalls Glafke. “The kids tried to be polite, but even we knew we were getting pity laughs. But little by little we used the natural silliness of our friendship to make the show a reflection of who we are. It’s all about faith, song and humor.”
Since their debut 11 years ago, Beardmore and Glafke have managed to get crowds laughing with them (rather than at them), and within the last year have scored more gigs than ever, including one for 500 people attending a parish picnic at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Center at Purdue University. During a typical 25-minute routine, the “sisters” cover a range of humorous topics accompanied by guitar, kazoo, cowbell and tambourine. “We might talk about our vocation stories with a Disney medley or tell about our old boyfriends with a mashup of ’90s R&B songs,” says Beardmore.
While the Nun & Nunner acts are all funny business, Beardmore and Glafke take their material seriously. A 25-minute routine takes, on average, five hours to write, rehearse and put together. But it’s worth it to the duo. “This world has enough reasons to be serious and discouraged,” shares Glafke. “We see our faith as a beautiful reason to enjoy life and just want to spread that joy. We want people to enjoy a show that’s appropriate for the whole family and celebrates our Christian faith.”