GEIL!!!!! ASF HOT SEAT: GEIL

We're excited to have you come to town! When did you first start working together?

Mike: Thanks! We all met on a different sketch program in New York and just decided pretty quickly that our sensibilities clicked.
Adrien: We bonded over our shared love of sci-fi, weird comedy, hot gossip and musicals.
Katie: Just feel like I should note that our show only features 3 of those components.

Are there any ideas that you've had that you can't seem to make work or convince the rest of the team / troupe is actually funny.

Adrien: Yeah, last year Katie wrote this sketch about a jar of ants...
Mike: -And she was like red hot for it, and Adrien and I always had too many questions about the logic for the jokes to work.
Katie: It's about a woman with a service animal but her service animal is a jar of ants!
Adrien: it's become so infamous in our writing sessions that anytime a joke is pitched by one of us that the other two don't love we call it a "jar of ants joke"

What was the first sketch idea you can remember having as a group or an individual?

Adrien: Katie pretty much came in guns blazing with this Jar Of Ants idea.
Mike: Yeah, we weren't even an official sketch team yet, we were just drinking at a bar, and Katie shoved this Jar Of Ants script in front of us.
Katie: This is blatantly not true. We actually formed with the idea of writing a musical because Mike and I were WOWED by Adrien's piano and singing skills. Since then we've gone on to shoot video sketches and a whole scifi series for NYTVF and lots of other things but this musical was kinda our origin story.
Mike: Also our current show is absolutely nothing like the idea we started out with long long ago.

What's your creative process like? How do you generate ideas and keep it fresh?

Katie: A three person sketch group is great because if two are deadlocked in a fight about some dumb joke a third person and weigh in and break the tie.
Mike: But also, usually if one of us hates something we'll keep pushing until we find the best joke that all of us love.
Adrien: Yeah, we usually see it as - if one of us hates a joke, that means some portion of the audience will probably also not laugh, so it's good to listen to that stuff.
Katie: Also we have a habit of spending hours on a single joke.
Mike: Yeah, we're hugely inefficient.

Do you have any fun "worst show" or "worst audience member" stories?

Adrien: Oh god, our very first show of our very first version of this show!
Katie: We were literally still rewriting things up until an hour before the show!
Mike: And we all know that's a great way to prepare for a 45 minute long show. I think we have a photo taken immediately after that show in a diner nearby:

 

Who are your influences? Who are some of your favorite sketch comedy acts performing todayWho has blown your mind?

Katie: We've been compared to Stella a lot.
Mike: Some would say, too much?
Adrien: But I still take it as a compliment, because we love that style of humor.
Mike: Also we are currently obsessed with the Vanessa Bayer weather girl sketch.
Katie: As in, we've watched it multiple times together.
Adrien: mainly because Mike made us.

What else – comedy wise – are you looking forward to this year? What do you have cooking?

Katie: Well we just shot a comedy/sci-fi series for NYTVF that we'll be releasing later this summer.
Mike: We're also developing an idea for a sketch show that is ghost written by people from craigslist.
Adrien: I think we also have a few more short video sketches we'll be releasing this fall.
Katie: plus that Jar of Ants sketch, at some point. RIGHT GUYS?


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