Less than six months after opening the doors of its very own theater space in the bustling Chinatown neighborhood, Good Good Comedy Theater is already drawing in alternative comedic performances from areas well beyond Greater Philadelphia. The latest such act to touch down on the ever-popular 11th Street stage is Lake Homo High. For one night only on Saturday, Jan. 14, the New York City-based show will make Good Good Comedy Theater its home.
“It’s legitimately a very funny show,” said Aaron Nevins, who, along with Kate Banford, founded Good Good Comedy Theater. “It’s like watching a live and extremely hilarious episode of ‘Degrassi’ … only everyone’s gay.”
“Lake Homo High” is set in the typical modern day high school with science fairs, basketball games and homecoming dances. Underneath the common setting, however, is where the show draws its biggest bites — and biggest laughs. “Below the surface it’s filled with secrets, betrayal and most importantly drama,” show producers say.
Housed at the Annoyance Theater in New York City, “Lake Homo High” is the brainchild of New York comics Sam Taggart (host of Brooklyn stand-up showcase Future Forms) and Bowen Yang (whose credits include stints on “Broad City,” “High Maintenance” and “The Outs”). Both men were recently named on the list of top 50 stand-up comedians in New York by Brooklyn Magazine.
Taggart and Yang are joined by a notable all-gay cast which, even in 2017, is still a rarity in live comedy performances. Comedians Max Wittert, Joe Castle Baker, Matt Rogers, Chris Burns, Philip Markle and Daniel Lempert round out the main cast.
Tickets for the Saturday, Jan. 14 performance at 8:30 p.m. are just $10 and can be purchased both at the door and also through the goodgoodcomedy.com website.
“Lake Homo High” is just the first major offering at Good Good Comedy Theater for 2017. Later on in the month, the theater will host its successful politically-themed show “Party Lines”; the show’s special Jan. 20 date coincides with the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump. Following that, another major out-of-town guest will grace the grassroots Philadelphia theater: on Sunday, Jan. 29, Julio Torres of “Saturday Night Live” fame will perform a set.