The one-year anniversary of Good Good Comedy Theatre is coming up this month, and we’re celebrating with a massive clusterfuck of a show this Friday, October 13th at 8:30 PM called Good Good’s One-Year Anniversary Sampler.
To help commemorate the occasion, we asked some Good Good showrunners and frequent performers to tell us about all the funniest, weirdest, and dumbest stuff they’ve seen during our first 803 shows – from the stage and from the audience.
(Comedy Accompanied, Coward Hour)
The night Good Good Comedy Theatre opened was the first time I felt at home in the Philly comedy scene. I remember walking to the theater for the first time that night, rounding a corner, and seeing an old woman lying on the ground after being hit by a car. I had so much fun during The First Show, I completely forgot about that lady until about a month ago. I hope she’s okay!
One of the hardest times I’ve ever laughed at Good Good was a riffed line by Michael S. Watkins on the closing show from 2016’s Five Dollar Comedy Week. Michael was dressed as an elderly, castrated pick-up artist with scotch tape all over his face. At one point, he claimed to have become a priest. When pressed on what religion he had converted to, he stared off with a deranged spark in his eye and creaked out, “A true priest will never tell.”
The most fun I ever had performing was on Coward Hour, a game show/talk show where LeMaire Lee and I faced our most emotional fears by subjecting each other to challenges like “drink one beer without relapsing.” One time we turned in tech for the show with the explanation, “There’s two versions of the video: one with 9/11 footage and one without.” Aaron Nevins dragged the 9/11 version into the PowerPoint without asking any followup questions. That’s why I love Good Good. Aaron and Kate believe in weird, challenging comedy, and they aren’t afraid to let performers take risks they wouldn’t be permitted to anywhere else.
(Darlings, Locked In Julia’s Basement)
I love Good Good Comedy. One of the things I admire most about it is the mish-mash of people it brings together. Every comedian has something unique to bring to the table. From Chris McGrail’s bloody rage while protecting Coca Cola’s formula on a Dan & Chris show, to how Robert Ecks makes subdued & soft-spoken hilarious on Sex with Ecks, to Joe Bell’s Lin Manuel Miranda-inspired turn as Alexander Ham & Eggs on Eat Your Beats, to Mike Watkins as a British bloke yelling at a metal cube on Darlings, to God’s opening stand-up sets as voiced by Ari Fishbein on Let’s Start a Cult – the shows provide a coherent platform for goofy, absurd characters and scenarios to thrive. No matter the size of a bit you can always count on those involved to put their heart into it, and that sort of dedication and talent is wonderful to work with and witness.
A few of my favorite experiences on stage involve food, as with Aaron Nevins’s secret show Make Me Vegan for FDCW, in which several vegan comedians attempted to convince a panel of us “meat-eaters” to quit meat over our lip-smacking as we feasted on meat right in front of them. The sound of the audience every time I eat Mayo onstage (in Darlings, The Look, & The First Show) is what I want played back to me if I’m lucky enough to be lucid on my deathbed.
(Let’s Start A Cult, Darlings)
It was really hard narrowing this down to only a couple of memories because I’ve spent more time at Good Good the last year than I’ve voluntarily spent anywhere in my goddamn life.
Favorite thing I’ve seen: I have to go with Pete Steele and Michael S. Watkins’ Pickup Artists during the first Five Dollar Comedy Week at Good Good. There were long stretches of that show where I was laughing so much I couldn’t breathe. I probably suffered permanent brain damage. It was worth it.
Honorable mentions: Every single Comedian Psychoanalysis and any bit that featured Rose Luardo yelling nonsense at someone.
Favorite time onstage: I run a show called Let’s Start a Cult, which is essentially a loose monthly “sermon” I deliver to the audience. A few months ago on the show, I found a cabal of YouTube accounts that post hundreds and hundreds of videos of trans camgirls, not doing anything overtly sexual, all under inexplicable titles like “Rodney Dangerfield Jokes” or “Eddie Murphy Ice Cream” or “Seth Meyers Roasts Donald Trump.” It’s cathartic to have an outlet to take strangers down these internet rabbit holes. I can say with confidence that without Good Good, there wouldn’t be anywhere I could talk about stuff like this outside of holding up a cardboard sign on a street corner.
(Weeding Out The Stoned)
I’ve seen a lot of comedy in Philadelphia, but compared to Good Good Comedy Theatre, it’s all just fine-fine.
Once at Get In, John McKeever got ahold of an audience member’s phone (while the kid was literally handcuffed to a performance artist on stage) and left a voicemail for his mom, telling her to pick him up from an orgy. It was unreal, but it totally happened. I’ve seen Mr. Happy Meatball, a vulgar Italian chef played by Tommy Touhill, destroy people who are actually good at freestyling in the rap battle competition Eat Your Beats. I’ve seen stand-ups get cut down instantly by therapists on Comedian Psychoanalysis. Just when you think that Good Good is overflowing with great shows, here comes another one like Darlings, which reminded me of a much rawer, less pandering version of SNL.
I host the show Weeding Out The Stoned and it’s my favorite performance high I’ve had. On April 20th, we sold out two amazing shows. We’re about to have our 50th Weeding Out The Stoned on October 11th, and I can’t even count how many hilarious stoner moments I’ve seen from the stage.
It has been a huge treat to get to perform on sold-out, unique, fun shows from New York or LA, like First Comes Love and Dark Spots, at a venue just down the street from my apartment. Sometimes being at Good Good is like hanging out at a television studio run by Weird Al. It’s basically the movie UHF as a dope Philly comedy theater.
Get your sweet ass back here tomorrow for more anniversary favorites, and don’t forget to grab your tickets to Good Good’s One-Year Anniversary Sampler.