Friday, April 21, 2017
Spotlight On...Katie Goodman
Education: U. Penn
Why theater?: I’m starting to think it’s the only thing that can save the world. Besides kale. And pharmaceudicals like post-election anti-anxiety meds. In that order. Or star with the kale. Get a good jump on the day.
Who do you play in Broad Comedy?: We all play about ten parts. Ya know, from talking vaginas to MILF’s to rats in a maze. Just the usual Off-Broadway parts.
Tell us about Broad Comedy: Ever wonder what would happen if “Inside Amy Schumer” & “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” had a child and hired Tim Minchin as the manny? That’s pretty much us.
What is it like being a part of Broad Comedy?: It’s really the joy of my life. The camaraderie is endless and we get to evolve as the world changes.
What kind of theater speaks to you? What or who inspires you as an artist?: Comedy has always challenged me more than drama so I love doing comedy and I love watching drama. I am inspired by other writers who are trying to figure out what we all want to say in this trying time. I love seeing other artists create their own work from scratch. It’s freaking exhausting but satisfying.
Any roles you’re dying to play?: I have already done all of the ones I was dying to do because I spent 15 years running my own theater. (It’s good to be the King…er, queen.) Faves were the Nanny in Baby With The Bathwater, and the title role in Edwin Drood.
What’s your favorite showtune?: I’d be a real schmuck to name one of my own, so I guess I’d have to say anything by my buddy Lawrence O’Keefe (Batboy), and there are a few from Altar Boys (particularly "Epiphany") and Book of Mormon ("Turn It Off"… hmmm… noticing a theme here) that are faves. I also am still a fangirl of In The Heights ("96,000"), and, yeah, I love some of the greats like "America", and "Suddenly Seymour."
If you could work with anyone you’ve yet to work with, who would it be?: Tim Minchin and Samantha Bee. Together. In a musical we’d call Trumped. I have no idea what the story would be but it would be glorious. And it would get panned. But we wouldn’t care.
Who would play you in a movie about yourself and what would it be called?: Sarah Silverman. “All Fucked Up.”
If you could go back in time and see any play or musical you missed, what would it be?: I’d like to see Tom Lehrer and Victor Borge live. There are so few musical comics and they are my heroes.
What show have you recommended to your friends?: Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon, Book of Mormon.
What’s up next?: This! I can’t think past it!
For more on Katie, visit www.KatieGoodman.com