Broad Comedy brings its unique brand of satire to Helena on Thursday
Katie Goodman is a funny person.
She’s not a “female” comedian and she’s not “funny for a woman.” She’s a smart, and creative artist who’s just as funny as almost any other person, male or female.
She’s also the founder of the Broad Comedy sketch troupe out of Bozeman. She’s now living and working in New York City.
On Thursday Goodman and the Broad Comedy clan will perform in Helena at the Great Northern Hotel in a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. The show starts at 6 p.m.
Much of Broad Comedy’s humor involves poking fun of political absurdity. Not in a Capitol Steps kind of way, but more in the way Jon Stewart mocks conservatives on a nightly basis on the Daily Show.
In an exclusive interview with Big Sky State Buzz, Goodman said the show will be all new from the last time they performed for Montana Planned Parenthood, saying there’s been a lot that’s happened since then.
“Most of the show is all new this year and very topical,” she said. “For example there will be one piece about Amanda Curtis and we’ll be doing, you know, our regular liberal shenanigans.”
She also mentioned, without spoiling any surprises, that there’s another sketch that connects a popular outdoor sport in Montana with the gender pay gap, and “a couple of other big musical numbers, one of which is a very popular Disney song that, once you hear it, you’ll never be able to hear it the same way again,” she said.
There’s been a lot of material for Broad Comedy to draw from these past few years, which Goodman said proved to her that there will never be a lack of things to poke fun of. For instance she said they wrote their original piece with Amanda Curtis right after the election. Curtis then even joined the Broads on stage to take part in one of the shows.
“That’s one of the things we don’t have to worry about anymore,” she said. “Everybody worried six years ago when Obama came into office that there might not be as much things to mock, but we all learned that there will always be material, unfortunately.”
While the show is political by nature, Goodman said she tries to frame it in a way that doesn’t take things too seriously. She said humor is a great tool in that it allows people the chance to separate themselves a bit from the seriousness of certain issues.
“The definition of laughing at something, I think, is that you’re able to step back and look at it objectively,” she said. “I think it’s healthy for both political parties, and everybody for that matter, to be able to do that and obviously still be able to take stuff seriously, but also be able to get a better perspective on things that matter.”
Her most popular bit to date is the song “I Didn’t Fuck It Up,” which spawned a comedy album and continues to get massive hits on YouTube and other video hosting sites.
Which leads into the fact that Goodman is a busy woman when she’s not working with Broad Comedy, as well.
She said she and her writing partner/husband Soren Kisiel are are writing several pilots and developing web series, and Goodman is touring her stand-up around the country.
She’s starring in a musical she wrote with Tom Toles, the cartoonist for the Washington Post, titled ‘Catapult Love.’ She describes it as a “one-woman rock musical with Toles’ own band.”
Check out a clip from the musical below
She also just completed a children’s book with her husband titled ‘The Night Our Parents Went Out,’ and she’s been performing with another comedy group she said is ‘a little more political’ called Laughing Liberally.
But while Goodman said she enjoys being in New York, her heart is still in Montana.
“There’s a lot going on here and it’s really fun for us to be able to live here and come back to Montana, where we own a camp there in the summer and come back four times a year to do shows,” she said. “But, it’s very grounding. New York is insane, too, and it’s nice to come back to Montana and be like ‘ahhh mountains’ or ‘ahh, that’s the sky I love. I do really miss it.”
She returns again in April to Bozeman for a 15-year commemorative show with the entire Broad Comedy troupe where they plan to perform some of their best bits over the years and take a nostalgic trip back to the early days of the group.
“Looking back at some of the old material, some of it just is not that funny, but we got a lot better and it’s really amazing that we did it so well together,” she said.