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Looking for a fun, female-focused show inspired by the backup dancers from a popular 90’s sketch comedy show? Lucky you– Fly Gurlz hits the Magnet stage Friday January 12th! We knew you’d be thirsty for more details, so we spoke with the show’s creators Meredith Paul, Nanie Méndez, and Lida Darmian to learn more.
What was the inspiration for Fly Gurlz?
Fly Gurlz began when we all competed in a character competition called Face Off. We had an all-female team. We wanted a space to lift up women’s voices- particularly women writers, so we created Fly Gurlz to be that space. Our intention is an inclusive, party vibe that, hopefully, creates an atmosphere where women feel safe to embrace the weirdest parts of themselves and strengthen their voices.
How has the show changed since it started last year?
We have had the same format since pretty much the beginning. One amazing addition (brain child of Fly Gurl Nanie Mendez) was our semi-annual Fly Gurlz Sketch Fest. We accept open submission for female sketch writers and female performers, and create an all new sketch show written for women, by women. This has been an extremely fun and enriching experience! You can check out our next one 1/12, 11:30pm at the MAGNET!!! YA HEARD OF IT???? (Plug)
How do you choose performers to highlight in this variety show?
We choose women of all types who write and create their own material. We love weird shit especially. (Can I curse in this? if no please change shit to ‘lil foodle doodles’)
What are some of your favorite moments from previous Fly Gurlz shows?
This is so hard to say because we’ve been doing our show over a year and there have been so many amazing moments. Right after the election, Nanie, Lida and I improvised together as Michelle Obama, Melania Trump and Hilary Clinton which was a cathartic and weird and emotional set! We did an all musical show in support of Puerto Rico (Nanie’s home!) and raised over $1,000. Probably my personal favorite moment (again this is Meredith Isabel Paul) was when my mom came to the show and said it was “ok”. (huge)
Your poster is inspired by the iconic “jazz” solo cup design from the ’90s. What’s your favorite piece of ’90s nostalgia?
Meredith:I LOVE POLLY POCKET!!!!!!!!! I follow multiple instagram accounts that feature old salvaged Polly Pockets. I think I always thought I’d end up living inside a Polly Pocket but instead I live in Midtown Manhattan.
Lida: My favorite is Pound Puppies because I wasn’t allowed to have pets.
Nanie: My Tiger Beat posters of my top two heart throbs– Johnathan Brandis (RIP), star of Ladybugs and Sidekicks & Andrew Keegan who now runs his own church.
Make sure to catch Fly Gurlz: Sketch Fest this Friday at 11:30 pm. It’s gonna be a riot.
- Andrew Keegan
- Face Off
- female comedians
- Fly Gurlz
- Hillary Clinton
- In Living Color
- Jonathan Brandis
- Lida Darmian
- magnet theater
- Melania Trump
- Meredith Paul
- Michelle Obama
- Nanie Méndez
- new york
- new york city
- Polly Pocket
- Pound Puppies
- Puerto Rico
- sketch comedy
- Tiger Beat
- variety show
Human laugh factory, MICHAEL DELISLE, joins host Louis Kornfeld to discuss being funny on purpose, bombing on stage, and making a meal out of nothing. He and Louis debate whether or not Phil Hartman had a sense of humor, explore why Michael is so funny in a wig, and they also perform no fewer than three improv scenes together! It’s a real good time and you don’t want to miss it. Huzzah!
Beginning with the introduction of our guest, this episode gets off to what is undeniably the most awkward start in the history of the podcast. Michael asks Louis if he is truly great and the tension builds from there. These two good souls make the most out of the situation and manage to laugh their way through it.
Getting into the real conversation, Louis notes that Michael does a heck of a lot of sketch comedy, but he says he still loves improv. They debate over what percentage of sketch and improv is actually good and try to approximate what the batting averages are for each in the comedy scene. Louis breaks down Michaels “Will Ferrell effect” for us and our heroes do some improv together. All of this in the first 12 minutes of the episode!
They dig into the idea of being intentionally funny while improvising and debate whether or not improvisers should rely on their life experience to be funny. Louis asks if Micahel is a nervous performer and Mike tells a story about bombing on stage doing stand-up at the tender age of 16. They talk about what you can learn from bombing, both in improv and sketch, and then they do another improv scene. This time, they’re both wearing shorts!
Circling back around, Michael and Louis once again discuss intentional comedic choices in improv and why its tricky to teach that skill. While some may consider intentionally comedic choices as going for cheap jokes, Michael thinks about it as playing the most fun thing right away. Our two heroes try to figure out why Michael is so dang funny in a wig and we find out that his favorite kind of sketch comedy is when he’s able to make a meal out nothing. Plus, they ask, “Did Phil Hartman have a sense of humor?”
Finally, Louis ends this episode by asking Michael to perform A Very Serious Scene Opposite A Jar Of Pickles.
- Elena Skopetos
- Louis Kornfeld
- magnet sketch teams
- magnet theater
- magnet training center
- Maude Night
- Michael Delisle
- new york
- new york city
- Pat May
- Phil Hartman
- sketch comedy
- The Classic
- The Rolling Scones
- Upright Citizens Brigade
- Will Ferrell
Jealous Dad and 1/4th of Hello Laser, MATT EVANS, joins us to discuss straight-manning, his old soul, performing characters, and how he stinks at object work! Hot off the heels of this recent pilot, Jealous Dad, Matt is getting ready for Montreal Just For Laughs auditions and finding that the scripted work he does these days can be more nerve-racking than in the past. He tells us of his history in NYC comedy dating back to 2004 and how much he loves Bob Newhart.
To get the ball rolling, Louis asks Matt to talk about his prep for Just For Laughs auditions and how it’s been trying out new material. more
Episode #40 of the show has Rebecca Robles in the studio and with her she brings immediate laughter. Host and teammate from The Boss, Louis Kornfeld, speaks with Rebecca about the romantic nature of engaging with things that you werent around for, like antiques and old music, and they chat about how jumping into an external character can remind you of who you are internally. Always a hustler with the best of intentions, Rebecca tells us about her variety talk show, The Rebecca Robles Show and assures us that we are not alone in this world. PLUS! Playing with The Boss, David Letterman’s influence, secrets about Armando Diaz, a shoutout to Matt Antonucci (<3), and Rebecca reveals her unused bit for The Maggies. Tune in to hear it all!
Or simply enjoy Episode #40 below via SoundCloud.
On this episode of the podcast we are joined by Jon Bander, a seasoned performer with Premiere: The Improvised Musical (Magnet), Aquarius (Magnet), Dagger (The PIT), and Characters Welcome (UCB). Host Louis Kornfeld jumps right into a discussion on musical improv with Jon, talking about Aquarius’ signature form, The Malkovich. They revisit Jon’s first-hand account of the development of musical improv in NYC and discuss how it differs from traditional long-form improv. He also recounts for us how he went from hating musical improv and character comedy to performing them almost exclusively and loving it. We hear about the separation between the subdued, real-life Jon and the high-spirited, on stage Bander. Plus! Louis and Jon discuss mean comedy, the roles the audience plays in improv, and the show Characters Welcome.
Enjoy Episode #36 on iTunes or below via SoundCloud.
Congratulations to the new Magnet Sketch Teams! Magnet Sketch Teams are the sketch comedy equivalent of Megawatt, our house improv teams. Sketch Teams are groups of writers and performers who will work with directors to create a run of sketch shows. Thank you to all those who applied, we’re excited to introduce these incredible teams! The first show is Sunday September 16th at 9:30! See you there!