Barth, Morales, Seliem & Deary on Good Good’s One Year Anniversary

Good Good Comedy Theatre is celebrating its one-year anniversary all week, culminating in one massive clusterfuck of a show this Friday, October 13th at 8:30 PM called Good Good’s One-Year Anniversary Sampler.

It’s Day 4, and we’ve asked four more 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.

Max Barth
(Party Lines, Darlings)

Pivotal moments for me from Good Good’s first year:

1. Election Night – I was on stage when we found out Trump had won, co-hosting Party Lines with Joe Messina. To go through such a huge (and awful) event with a live audience was interesting. And we still had a lot of laughs. The “Hillary Won” dance was a bit odd, in retrospect.

Party Lines panel guests Alex Grubard, Abby Rosenquist and Setoiyo join hosts Joe Messina & Max Barth on Election Night 2016. Things got progressively more surreal as the night went on.

2. Any green room conversation – recently, seeing Tommy Touhill dressed in a hospital gown, about to go on stage. I asked him if he planned on having his ass out during the show, to which he replied, “No, I need somewhere to put the gun.”

3. Performing on The Slam was awesome. Such a good example of the kind of unique shows Good Good is known for – blending poetry and comedy. Plus, I got to wear my cowboy costume and use the word “palomino” which has been a personal goal for years.

4. The Show for Tim was beautiful.

5. When Eddie Finn and I co-hosted a special Tinder Show holiday edition with Kate Banford, Alex Grubard and Pete Steele as the guests. Just a great show that stands out to me – full audience and hilarious comics that I’ve known for years. It felt like hanging out with friends.

6. Getting to do Geoff Jackson’s Schooled and tell the extremely embarrassing story of my brief career as a political pamphleteer at my high school.

Geoff Jackson hosts Schooled, a show of true tales from the classroom.

7. Performing on Today I Learned, when Ari Fishbein and I went to an hour-and-a-half session of couple’s therapy and made up an entire life together and then talked about it on stage. Half of my favorite Good Good moments are just when I have an excuse to hang out with people I’ve admired from afar. And now I can admire Ari from aclose because we are friends.

Favorite things I’ve seen lately: Michael S. Watkins’ bit The Cube, and Caitlin Feeney improvising that her goal when she returned home from the war was to take a giant shit and fall asleep next to it. I was on stage next to her and I could barely keep it together. Both of these were on Darlings.

Another point worth mentioning is just the joy in walking down a hallway that I helped paint when the theater was being built. I remember calling it the “comedy co-op” and I’m just so happy with how it’s grown and how so many talented people keep making it better and better.

— —

Alejandro Morales
(Eat Your Beats, Sadulous)

My favorite moment of comedy this year was watching LeMaire Lee try (and fail) to make a live apology over speakerphone on Coward Hour. In the beginning, it was uncomfortable and cringe-y, because LeMaire clearly didn’t want to say the words “I’m sorry.” But when the woman on the other end of the line started laying into him, the room went wild. She dragged him hard and the audience was living for her. I’ve never laughed so hard.

Comedians face their emotional fears on Coward Hour.

One of my favorite memories of performing at Good Good was in the closing scene for Andrew Jeffrey Wright’s night of short plays. In that scene, I play the husband to Rose Luardo, who hits me with a whip, digs a high heel into my back, and says “YOU’RE MY DOG, APPLESAUCE.”  She really brutalized me. I loved it.

Alejandro Morales takes a whipping from Rose Luardo on Andrew Jeffrey Playwright.

— —

Reem Seliem
(Good Morning, New Miami)

I don’t cry-laugh often, but when I do it’s at Kate Banford’s Talkmasters. My favorite speech I’ve seen is Raquel Dominguez’s presentation about her cats. But the thing I love most about the show is how a group of comedians write a speech for a stranger selected from the crowd at the top of the show, who in turn must read the speech to close out the show – followed by their own personal theme song composed by the very talented Daniel Lewis Cupps. The fact that the song is composed backstage in roughly 40 minutes only enhances its brilliance. Oh, speaking of amazing, lest we forget, Kate Banford – the immensely talented showrunner – always knows the best way to hype up a crowd.

An audience member performs a custom-written speech she’s never seen on Talkmasters.

As for my experience at Good Good, I would have to say the most fun I’ve had performing (outside of my own show Good Morning New Miami) was on Hannah Trav’s Best Show In Town. I love a show with a wacky premise, and Hannah’s is one of the silliest. Trav’s faux open-mic show is set in the fictional town of Watunuck, Rhode Island. I was one of the town’s open-mic performers – Abby Affleck, sister of Ben Affleck and Casey Affleck. Abby was a really fun character to write and perform because I finally got to talk with a husky voice in a fisherman’s outfit. I reminisced about my romance with sworn Affleck enemy Donnie Wahlberg, and how we used to piss down Beacon Hill and give tourists the old “boston pop” (it’s when you wear your shoes on your hands and punch someone in the face). I miss Abby every day. Maybe I’ll bring her back. Hopefully the hilarious Hannah will have me on again some time in the future. Hint. Wink. Hannah. Nudge.

— —

John Deary
(Make Up or Break Up)

Whenever I try to sell Good Good to people there are so many shows I namedrop or memories I share. The first shows I recommend are Weeding Out The Stoned, Comedian Psychoanalysis, Let’s Start a Cult, and my all-time favorite, Eat Your Beats. I often find myself in tears over the outrageous characters, genuinely impressive rapping, and non-stop quick-witted comedy. I always leave with a newfound respect for my competing comedy peers when they deliver quality improvised comedy under fast-paced, competitive circumstances.

The competitors prepare for culinary freestyle battle on Eat Your Beats.

I’ve also had tons amazing experiences as a performer at Good Good. What I appreciate most about the theater is that I’ve really been challenged to step out of my comfort zone. I got into comedy as a stand-up and never thought I’d get involved in things like hosting the game show Make Up or Break Up, rapping and improvising in character, having an on-stage tickle wrestling match or smashing a TV with a baseball bat.

Relationships are put to the test on Make Up or Break Up.

My overall favorite memory was probably Make Up or Break Up’s one year anniversary show. We got to invite our favorite couples back and celebrate with our biggest show to date. We had a sold-out crowd – the warmest audience imaginable. I don’t think there was a beat on that show that didn’t score a huge laugh. I started to panic a third of the way into the show when I thought to myself, “There’s no way we can keep this momentum going,” but somehow we did. Not to mention, I got to roast my amazing co-host Alyssa Al-Dookhi and I actually made her break on stage and won (albeit some of that may have been pity). I’m really proud of the show that Make Up or Break Up has become and I never would have been able to do it, or even thought to have done it, without Good Good.

— —

Come back in 24 hours for more hot faves from Good Good’s first year, and don’t forget to grab your tickets to Good Good’s One-Year Anniversary Sampler.