In boxing when you throw haymakers you are just hoping one lands and you get the knockout. With Haymaker, a sketch team out of The Pack Theater in LA, they almost always land. Check out their ASF Hot Seat Interview, and catch them Wednesday, May 24th at 8:30 PM at ColdTowne Theater! Tix Here
When did you first start working together?
We began performing together in 2015.
How did you come up with your team name?
We went out to play laser tag, but they were closed so we went to a coffee shop, didn't order anything, and fought about the name for two hours.
What was the first sketch idea you can remember having as a group or an individual?
Our first performance together was on October 21, 2015, the day that Doc Brown and Marty McFly travel to the future in Back to the Future and our very first sketch was rewriting the best scenes from that movie into porn.
Who are your influences? Who are some of your favorite sketch comedy acts performing today? Who has blown your mind?
The Midnight Show at UCB is our biggest influence probably. We also really like Derp Machine, Friendboat, and Los Gatos Gordos.
Do you have any fun "worst show" or "worst audience member" stories?
Our audiences are the best, but we had a couple of bad shows about a year ago when we squirted blood all over the theater and ruined a bunch of people's clothes but oh well, we don't know how many times we've told people not to sit in the front row for a Haymaker show. You're just asking for it.
Do you have any fun "best show" stories?
Our one year anniversary party was our best show, probably. We filled The Pack Theater to the rafters - literally - and some people even had to watch the show on a stupid TV in the lobby. We threw a party after the show and all the hottest babes and studs were all over us but that's Hollywood for you!
Are there any ideas that you've had that you can't seem to make work or convince the rest of the team is actually funny.
Never. The best part of being Haymaker is that no idea is off the table. We wrote and often perform a sketch where we taser one person's butthole and then someone else's penis and we all just said, "Sounds good, that should be our opener."
What should people interested in comedy know about performing sketch that you didn't know when you started?
We didn't know this when we started, but when you start doing comedy people will tell you that sketch is punk rock and DIY but then you get fake blood on their jacket or leave some ranch dressing on the stage or something and then they get mad. That's when you know you're so punk you're doing something right.
What else – comedy wise – are you looking forward to this year? What do you have cooking?
We look forward to continuing to be the best sketch team not only at The Pack Theater, but in Los Angeles and continuing to defend our 2016 U.S. Sketch Comedy Championship which we won in a landslide.