Steele, Paradis, Jackson & Aukamp on Good Good’s One Year Anniversary

The one-year anniversary of Good Good Comedy Theatre is coming 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.

Today begins Day 2 of our Good Good Anniversary coverage, in which we asked Good Good showrunners and frequent performers to tell us about the funniest, weirdest, and dumbest stuff they’ve seen during our first year of over 800 shows – from the stage and from the audience.

Pete Steele
(Ur Mom Is Funny, Darlings)

Favorite things I’ve seen: I’ve just about melted into my chair from ecstasy at Sex with Ecks, Let’s Start a Cult, Sadie Hawkins Day, and a bunch of others. But, if I had to choose the production I was most impressed with, it would be The New David Mamet Play. They extracted info from the audience and seamlessly layered it into a fairly complex improvised play. It was paced so well, it felt like it was living and breathing. They switched back and forth between the roles of actors and presenters very deftly, like they’d been doing it their whole life. I was mesmerized. And, most importantly, it was funny as shiiiiit.

Favorite thing I’ve done: I’ve definitely had fun on a lot of shows over the past year. But I think the show I did with Michael S. Watkins called Pickup Artists might have been the most fun I’ve ever had in my life. We created these sleazy, dumb characters, wrote about an hour’s worth of a seminar they’d give about the pick-up “game,” and then just tried to be as loose and reactive to each other as we could be when we got on stage, which led to a big ol’ funny slop-fest. You can’t ask for a funnier person to do comedy with than Michael. You just want to keep going, making up as much dumb shit as you can when you’re on stage with him. It was a lovely experience.

Michael S. Watkins & Pete Steele as pickup artists Xclusive & Appeal on the sold-out Five Dollar Comedy Week premiere of Pickup Artists.

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Annie Paradis
(The Slam)

Damn, it is truly blessed that Good Good Comedy Theatre came to be and has made such a lovely hideaway in quaint Philadelphia.

Every out-of town show I saw at Good Good has wowed me – Three Busy Debras, Cole Escola, Famous Male Duo – most recently Dare To Dream // Dare to Cream. As a ~ female in comedy ~ it was thrilling to see three talented, smart, insanely quick women make a show that seemed to be so very them. I laughed like a fat baby in the sun.

Jamie Loftus performs on Dare To Dream // Dare To Cream, a touring show that also featured Chicago’s Sarah Squirm & NYC’S Ruby McCollister.

My most favorite monthly show at Good Good is forever Comedian Psychoanalysis. I like watching the stand-ups get broken down emotionally. What else has made me laugh at Good Good? Doing stand-up as The Town Dad on Best Show in Town. It was truly rewarding and exhilirating to wear a no-nonsense women’s wig, some beige AF plaid and roast The Town Bridge.

Hosts Joe Bell & Michael S. Watkins, accompanied by resident therapist Katie, attempt to convince Caitlin Feeney to quit comedy.

You know, they say in improv that everything is a gift, but you know what I say: in Chinatown, Good Good is a gift. Blessed be the fruit of Good Good.

Cole Escola channels an audience member’s dead grandmother in one of two sold-out performances of his show Help! I’m Stuck!

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Matt Aukamp
(Dungeon Palz)

I’m really bad at remembering details. Quotes from movies. Episodes of TV shows. And so, when I was trying to think about my favorite things I’ve seen and done at Good Good Comedy Theatre this past year, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to write anything good.

I remember seeing comedy legend Dino Stamatopoulos play an unexpectedly sincere set of Christmas songs on that stage, but I don’t remember any of the songs – just that I walked away going “Holy cow! That was weird and cool.’”

Comedy legend Dino Stamatopoulos (Community, Moral Oral, Mr. Show) debuts a set of brand new secular Christmas songs on a last-minute, sold-out show at Good Good Comedy Theatre.

I remember how much fun I had being on Emily Kinslow’s show Magic Mic during Five Dollar Comedy Week, which had a truly inspired concept: an open mic for magicians instead of comedians that she populated with comedians pretending to be magicians. With one rule: You had to at least TRY to do an actual magic trick. I could remember my character – a guy who went to pull a card out of a lemon and instead pulled out a Dear John letter from his (ex-)girlfriend. But I couldn’t remember much else besides “Everyone was really funny.”

Geoff Jackson aids Matt Aukamp in a magic-trick-gone-wrong on Magic Mic.

I remember seeing Alejandro Morales’s show Sadulous and thinking “This is brilliantly written and assembled” and I remember something about Pim Van H as a delivery guy taking food on and off stage for like 20 minutes.

The cast takes a bow at the end of the Five Dollar Comedy Week premiere of Sadulous.

These were all amazing things I’ve seen on this stage, but my memory doesn’t make for compelling recaps. So instead, I’ll just say: You can do basically anything you want in comedy. There are no rules or guidelines, no matter who tries to tell you there are. The only important thing is that it’s funny. Good Good Comedy Theatre understands and embraces that and has spent the past year proving it.

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Geoff Jackson
(Schooled, Darlings)

The first edition of Jacquie Baker’s One Minute Monologues to be held at the theatre was on a cold and rainy evening. Very nearly sixty funny-funny people were scheduled to deliver swift performances of their own composition. There were so many of us that we couldn’t all fit backstage or in the green room, many ended up waiting in the alley behind the theatre, which is extraordinarily cool. There was an excitement in the air, despite the inclement weather. The show was a hit! Everyone got laughs. When the next edition of the show was staged a few months later, the weather was far more agreeable. Many of the same performers were on that night and we spent a good deal of time in the alley, talking about how cold and rainy it had been last time.

Good Good Comedy Theatre is a magical place and I love it there. You will too.

A crowd of 60 comedians wait in the alley behind the theater to perform on One Minute Monologues.

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Meet us right here on the internet tomorrow for more choice selections from Good Good’s first year, and don’t forget to grab your tickets to Good Good’s One-Year Anniversary Sampler.