“White with one” with John Fleming & Rusty Berther – Scared Weird Little Guys

Our first “White with one” – with two! This dynamic duo has reformed and we couldn’t be happier. John Fleming & Rusty Berther (aka Scared Weird Little Guys) are two of the nicest and funniest guys around, but how do they take their coffee and how did they come up with their name? Find out in this issue of “White with one”.

Peter: How do you take your coffee?

John:

Latte for me – first thing in the morning. My girlfriend has one of those flash coffee machine, so I make one with that. As she is Italian, she is much better at making them than me.

Rusty: 

I’m an instant man – Moccona is my brand of choice but I only drink it to stay awake in readiness for our gigs. Otherwise, I’m not really a big coffee drinker.

Peter: Favourite place to get a coffee? 

John:

Around the corner from where I live in Coburg.

Rusty: 

The Corner Shop in Yarraville.

Peter: How did the two of you meet? 

John:

I was singing at a café in Prahran called The Green Man and I was asked to audition to join a Barber Shop Quartet back in 1987. Rusty was already in that group. From there, we just seemed to click and then went on to form our own duo after a stint in the a cappella group, ‘The Phones’.

Peter: Where did the name Scared Weird Little Guys come from? 

Rusty:

It’s a line from an Al Pacino movie called Cruisin’ and it just seemed to sum us up perfectly.

Peter: How many gigs have you guys done? 

Rusty: 

We think about 4,500 and every one of them has been fantastic, especially the ones we have done for your team.

Peter: What’s been the biggest event you’ve performed at?  

John:

Definitely the Closing Ceremony at the 2006 Commonwealth Games at the MCG. 90,000 people there – amazing!

Peter: I was one of them and I remember thinking how great you guys were and that I needed to make contact with you. And what about the smallest event? 

Rusty: 

7 people for a dinner party in Toorak one night – let’s just say it was interesting………..

John: 

I think the weirdest one we’ve done though was in northern Ontario, Canada where it ended up in a brawl! We made reference to a brand of Snowmobile called ‘Skidoo’ and some other audience members who were ‘Yamaha’ fans starting heckling the Skidoo fans. One thing led to another and it was on!

Peter: Did you get paid?

Rusty:

Yes, even though we had had to run offstage to take cover, the organiser said great job but you can see the locals get a bit passionate about snowmobile brands up here. I think it’s a bit of a Ford v Holden kind of thing.

Peter: Why do you think Melbourne is such a great city to host major events? 

Rusty:

We are so diverse in what we offer, whether it’s sport, theatre, music – we are so accepting and support everything. There is something for everyone in Melbourne.

Peter: What are your favourite events to attend? 

John: 

I love comedy festival and fringe festival time! So much diversity and wonderful little unknown shows to discover.

Rusty:

For me, it’s The Port Fairy Folk Festival, (I know it’s technically not in Melbourne) as it’s such a wonderful place to visit and a great event. The locals support it and it continues to grow every year.

Peter: If you could do anything, what job would you like to have?

Rusty: 

I’d like to be the scoreboard operator at the MCG. As a Demon supporter, the thought of ticking over to the one-point win with a kick after the siren to win the Grand Final would be absolute heaven!

Peter: And I’d love to be sitting right by your side when that happens Rusty! How about you John? 

John: 

I’m not a footy man so I’d like to be on a high-rise crane as you’d have the best views of Melbourne.

Peter: What great Australian rock song do you think would work to sing the National Anthem to? 

Rusty: 

Land Down Under would be great!

John: 

Solid Rock for me.

Peter: Guys, thank you so much for your time today and we look forward to working with you both again soon. 

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