GOLDBABY – Lots of Laughs and an Avalanche of Bling

By Ernest Kearney — Goldbaby is a humorous horde comprised of Jed Alcantara, Lauren Burwell, Emily Champlin, Nick Coluzzi, Brian Fitzgerald, Eli Magers, Kelsey Risher, Billy Ritter, Kyna Wise, Rebecca Hoobler, Tatiana Krokar, Matt Park and Jim Rowley. (Okay, it’s a small horde, big deal.)

They are a sketch group cut from the same cloth as Saturday Night Live, but to their credit they are more consistently funny than SNL has been since John Belushi was at the Chateau Marmont ordering out for a speedball.

The skits are varied; the longer ones include an interrogation room bit where a suspect is being grilled by good cop/no cop.

There’s “Office Small Talk” a parody of Jeopardy with the categories Weekend Plans, The Weather, Monday, Morning Commute and The Weather. It nicely gives substance to the old adage “office relationships – nothing personal.”

Among the shorter bits is a scene from the movie Ghost which starred Demi Moore and seven Patrick Swayzes.

Behind the performers and stretching across the back of the stage, at the Stephanie Feury Studio, is a screen that provides the required background for each segment and is employed to present the occasional filmed segue such as “Rain in L.A.” and a nicely crafted send-up of charity commercials with an appeal to “Save the Man Children.”

The evening’s GPM (Gags Per Minute) is impressive, but more so their LPM (Laughs Per Minute) as just about all the segments right on down to the slam dunks score nicely.

Silver Medal (via The TVolution)

Producers Michael Blaha and Samantha de Gyarfas have slicked the holy monkey nipples off this production by sparing no expense in the high-end visual razzle-dazzle that plays throughout the show’s rapid fire high jinks.

A SILVER MEDAL – but a very, very shiny one.



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An award-winning L.A. playwright and rabble-rouser of note who has hoisted glasses with Orson Welles, been arrested on three continents and once beat up Charlie Manson. His first play, "Among the Vipers" was a semi-finalist in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition and was featured in the Carnegie-Mellon Showcase of New Plays. It was produced at the NPT Theater in Ashland, Oregon and Los Angeles’ celebrated Odyssey Ensemble Theatre. His following play, “The Little Boy Who Loved Monsters” was produced at The Hollywood Actors Theater, where he earned praise from the Los Angeles Times for his “…inordinately creative writing.” The play went on to numerous other productions including Berlin’s The Black Theatre under the direction of Rainer Fassbinder who wrote in his program notes of Kearney, “He is a skilled playwright, but more importantly he is a dangerous one.” Ernest Kearney has worked as literary manager or as dramaturge for among others The Hudson Theater Guild, Nova Diem and the Odyssey Ensemble Theatre, where he still serves on the play selection committee. He has been the recipient of two Dramalogue Awards and a finalist or semi-finalist, three times, in the Julie Harris Playwriting Competition. His work has been performed by Michael Dunn, Sandra Tsing Loh, Jack Colvin and Billy Bob Thornton, and to date, either as playwright or director, he has upwards of a hundred and thirty productions under his belt, including a few at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater as puppeteer. Kearney remains focused on his writing, as well as living happily ever after with his lovely wife Marlene. His stage reviews and social essays can be found at and Follow him on Facebook.

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