I recently won first prize in the first-annual Dirty Little Secrets Toxic Comedy Contest, where ten comedians told jokes about pollution and New Jersey. NJ is home to over 100 Superfund sites and some of the most polluted rivers in the country, which is terrible, sad, and scary. The Center for Investigative Reporting teamed up with WFMU to put on a comedy show to raise awareness of this environmental crisis. And I won! Pictured with me is my symbiotic sister Tina and second-prize winner, Ryan Rummel’s lawyer. If you’re like “Who is your sister Tina, I must learn more!” then you should come to the next show.
On September 10th I will be performing in the Toxic Comedy World Tour at Monty Hall with Dave Hill, Jo Firestone, Aparna Nancherla and Gregory Josephson. Only $5, what a bargain!
The comedy show is the latest installment of Dirty Little Secrets, a collaborative investigation into local contamination in New Jersey. The series has featured contributions from a variety of media partners across the state, including WHYY, WNYC / NJ Public Radio, NJ Spotlight, NJTV, WBGO, New Brunswick Today, Jersey Shore Hurricane News, the Rutgers Department of Journalism and Media Studies, and the Center for Cooperative Media at Montclair State University.
I recently wrote and starred in a series of short videos for Flutter Health, a women’s health and period tracking app that can help diagnose common reproductive diseases like Endometriosis. It was a lot of fun to make, and I got to wear a really rad sweater.
In these short videos I talk about what Endometriosis is, what the symptoms of the disease are and how to treat it. I also give a rundown on what to expect when getting a pelvic exam, some quick facts about Planned Parenthood and then some fun stuff like code names for your period. You can check the videos out here, and the app is available in the App Store – and it’s free!
Check out my new updated comedy reel, there are so many wigs! Edited by my good buddy Jason Messina.
I’ve been working as a writer and cast member on the monthly comedy variety show Prove it All Night. We do the show in front of a live audience, but it’s also broadcast over the radio – not just any radio, either – the best radio station in the world, WFMU.
WFMU is able to be so awesome because they are 100% listener supported. NO commercials, NO sponsors and NO bullshit. That’s why they have some of the coolest and most interested music and comedy on their airwaves every day.
The cast of Prove it All Night put together this little video for you… please consider donating. Any amount helps, and there’s a whole lot of great swag you can get!
I got to be in a really funny new video written by and starring Keisha Zollar. It was made for Black History Month, but I think it works well for any time of the year. Directed by Ms. Kate Moran.
Due to a family emergency some of the events I have recently promoted will be rescheduled.
The show at The PIT on 1/19 – 1/28 will now be a solo show by Alyson Goodman. I will post updates of when “Friend?” will be up again. Alyson is a very funny and kind person and I highly recommend you see her live. Please check her FB page for details.
The Fundamentals of Sketch Comedy Workshop at Standard Toykraft is postponed until March/April.
photo: Emily Bolles
Tabitha and Alyson bring their 2-woman 1-woman show to the PIT! Tuesday 1/19, Thursday 1/21 and Thursday 1/28 at 9:30pm at The PIT Striker Stage.
After a successful preview at The Cherry Lane Theatre, Friend? is back! In this two-woman one-woman show, Tabitha Vidaurri and Alyson Goodman chronicle some of their most unflattering moments and the lessons they learned from these mistakes through a series of comedic monologues and childhood VHS clips.
Tabitha and Alyson first debuted the piece in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival under the title Teething Emotionalities: Woof. The response was positive, and both women are excited to bring the show to the PIT.
“Goodman and Vidaurri are very different performers, brash and deadpan, respectively. It works, though. As they take turns being in the spotlight, we get a sense of who each of them is via their tales of growing up and the choices they made along the way that led them to this point. They certainly don’t have it all figured out, but they can make us feel better about being in the same boat.” – Julie Zeglen, The Philadelphia Citypaper
Guys! I’m teaching a comedy workshop on January 23rd! It’s very cheap and it’s going to be very fun!
Are you interested in learning about sketch comedy, but do not want to commit to a class that costs hundreds of dollars? That’s completely reasonable! Here is an introductory workshop will give you the fundamentals of the tricky genre known as sketch. This is a great class for folks who have never taken a comedy class, and/or people that are funny but are not sure what exactly to do about it.
Saturday, January 23rd 12- 3pm. $45
at Standard Toykraft Theater, Brooklyn, 722 Metropolitan Ave.
Questions will be answered:
- What is sketch comedy exactly
- How do you write a sketch?
- How do characters work?
- Why is some stuff really funny and some stuff really bad?
And you’ll learn about:
- How to translate a funny idea into a sketch!
- Live sketches vs. filmed sketches!
- How to put on a sketch comedy show!
- The inside scoop on comedy festivals!
- Plus you’ll get a curated list of shows and sketches to check out!
About the Instructor:
Tabitha Vidaurri graduated from The University of the Arts in 2005 with a BFA in Writing for Film and Television. She has spent the past decade working with numerous sketch comedy troupes, theater, TV and radio and creating her own independent style of comedy. She currently works in the sketch duo Unisex, who have performed in a ton of different venues across New York and have created a number of successful videos for Funny or Die. She’s the head writer for Prove it All Night! a live comedy variety show on WFMU, and she has written for a number of publications including Dangerous Minds, Publishers Weekly, The Jersey City Independent, The Comedians Magazine and the animated Disney series Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil. Recently, Tabitha starred in Friend? a two-woman, one-woman storytelling/stand-up show at The Cherry Lane Theatre, as well as 2015 SOLOCOM Festival at The PIT, with the world premiere of her character piece, Blood Moon Boogie. Tabitha has starred in a number of popular short videos for Above Average Productions and PIT TV. She has performed in the Toronto, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and Milwaukee sketch comedy festivals, as well as the 2007, 2008 & 2009 Philadelphia Fringe Festival and The Out of Bounds Fest in Austin, TX. She wrote and directed the short play, Girl, Please, as part of OYE! Avant Garde Night at The Bushwick Starr in June 2015.
Wishing a lovely holiday to you and yours. Are you in the mood for some Jesus? Well then check out this medically accurate Nativity Play I got to be in, starring some very funny little kids. Brought to you by Above Average!
photo: Emily Bolles
Tabitha Vidaurri and Alyson Goodman’s Friend? will premiere in New York at The Cherry Lane Theatre Studio, December 18th at 7pm. Directed by Jon Crane and Jason Messina and produced by Efucity Productions.
In this two-woman one-woman show, Tabitha Vidaurri and Alyson Goodman chronicle some of their most unflattering moments and the lessons they learned from these mistakes through a series of comedic monologues and childhood VHS clips.
Tabitha and Alyson bonded when their respective sketch troupes (FUCT and Unisex) collaborated on a comedy show earlier this year. Tabitha had performed a one-woman show in the Bad Theater Festival entitled Write if You Get Work, chronicling her years of drunken unemployment, while Alyson performed the solo show Oh god What Have I Done? at The Cherry Lane, where she talked openly about porn as well as vacationing in Hawaii with her family. The two realized that they had similar comedic sensibilities and complementary themes – Alyson’s being “Choices” and Tabitha’s being “Changes,” so they decided to collaborate on a longer piece. They began digging through old photos, journal entries, and 90s childhood VHS to create a visual narrative throughout the piece. The series of stories flow back and forth in time as the women describe important things they absorbed during awkward stages in their lives: childhood masturbation, Internet dating, saxophone solos and substance abuse.
Tabitha and Alyson first debuted the piece in the 2015 Philadelphia Fringe Festival under the title Teething Emotionalities: Woof. The response was positive, and both women are excited to bring the show to a New York audience.
Goodman and Vidaurri are very different performers, brash and deadpan, respectively. It works, though. As they take turns being in the spotlight, we get a sense of who each of them is via their tales of growing up and the choices they made along the way that led them to this point. They certainly don’t have it all figured out, but they can make us feel better about being in the same boat. – Julie Zeglen, The Philadelphia Citypaper
Friend? NYC premiere Friday December 18th at 7pm, The Cherry Lane Theatre Studio, 38 Commerce St. New York. Tickets $10