The one-year anniversary of Good Good Comedy Theatre is this week, 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.
It’s Day 3 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.
Andrew Jeffrey Wright
(The New Dreamz, Darlings)
20 years ago, some friends and I started an art space in Chinatown called Space 1026. It is an art club house that has studios and a gallery and I spend a lot of time there.
Then, 19 years later, some friends of mine started a comedy theater around the corner called Good Good Comedy Theatre. In one year, Good Good has become as important to me and my life as Space 1026 is. It’s another club house for weirdo goofball artists to get together and make stuff and present it to the public. There is no other comedy spot in Philly like Good Good Comedy. Since Good Good opened its doors, my stage time has quadrippled!
My favorite thing I have created for the Good Good stage is a show of my short plays called Andrew Jeffrey Playwright. There are 27 shows that are my favorite thing I have seen performed on the Good Good stage in the last year. One of them is Michael S. Watkins’ Good Good Hour.
I have performed at a lot of New York City venues and have seen a lot of shows in New York and I feel it is accurate to say – the best comedy theater in New York is in Philadelphia and it’s called Good Good Comedy Theatre.
Good Good Comedy Theatre is the best place to see live comedy in the city! I feel lucky to have found people running a theater who value originality and talent in the same way I do. I’ve been caught off-guard – at times totally blown away – by the stand-up acts I’ve seen at Good Good. Dare to Dream // Dare to Cream was a loose, mostly standup comedy show with three ladies so profoundly funny they could’ve slapped me in the face after and I’d still have thanked them.
By producing shows with so few limitations, showrunners can figure out the best way to demonstrate their point-of-view for audiences, and it always works. Lake Homo High was a scripted show from out-of-town that was everything I wanted in live comedy! The performers were charismatic and vulnerable, the plot was ridiculous, and the comedy pulled from all the melodramatic ABC Family shows I’d despised for their lack of self-awareness as a kid.
I was grateful to perform on the show Dungeon Palz, which is a really awesome show just to watch. But looking back, it was the most fun I’ve had improvising, or even just meeting new people, any night of my life. It’s been a wonderful year!
(Get Work, Darlings, Dan & Chris)
As a performer, Sadulous was so great to be a part of. The show played out as a live sitcom, which isn’t something you get to do too often. Each performer brought a really strong character to bounce off of Alejandro Morales (the creator/star) and they all killed it. The whole thing was so tightly scripted and hilarious that I really could watch it again and again without getting bored.
I’m also so grateful that Good Good gave Chris McGrail and I a space to do our weird, crazy sketch shows with insanely long titles that barely fit on a poster.
As an audience member, I really loved Kait & Jess & Friends. It was an amazing sketch show with a bunch of people who used to perform in Philly but have moved to LA and NYC. It felt like a hilarious reunion. I think that’s something that embodies the spirit of Good Good. They’re pulling talent from all over the country, including locally, into a cozy intimate space. Every performance feels special.
(The Incredible Shrinking Matt & Jacquie, One Minute Monologues)
My favorite show that I’ve seen and performed in over the past year was Andrew Jeffrey Playwright. If you don’t know Andrew Jeffrey Wright, he’s an insanely brilliant Philly artist (see: the Good Good logo) who loves three things: Garfield, butts, and Garfield’s butt. Andrew wrote a series of bizarre, hilarious short plays and then cast his friends in all of the roles – some of whom never even acted before. When I wasn’t acting the show, I ran from backstage and watched the show by the tech booth. Matt Schmid and Pim did a scene about bad improv that was the funniest thing I may have ever watched and watching them and watching Aaron Nevins (who was doing tech) watch them was a friggin’ treat.
I had the distinct honor of playing Andrew in a montage of really cringe-y, really funny scenes about the years that he was single. While I played Andrew, I watched Andrew watch me playing him, which was the closest I’ll ever be to being in that one Chemical Brothers music video with all of those mirrors. You know that video? With the mirrors and shit? Anyway, this play about how godawful Andrew is at dating weirdly wooed Andrew’s future girlfriend who was in the audience, and they’ve been dating ever since! I’ve petitioned the City of Philadelphia to dump the Rocky statue in the Schuykill River and replace it with a statue of Andrew, because fuck Rocky. This underdog shit is REAL.
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.