I met the Late
Night Players while they were in Philly performing
at The University of The Poor's art show: Untold Stories.
After a funny performance I stopped them and gave
them a quick interview. Here it is!
(GC): How long has your group performed?
Night Players (LNP):We started in 2000 as
students at Brandeis University in Waltham,
At the time all we were was a bunch of friends who
wanted to do something creative together. Once we
started writing comedic sketches and once they became
popular on our campus we decided we wanted to do this
professionally. And by the time we were all graduated
in the spring of 2002, we started our career as a
What is the meaning of your group's names? And the
names of the groups" members?
Well the meaning of the group's members is pretty
straightforward because we go by our first names.
The group's name originally derived from a TV show
Andrew Slack was hosting called "Late Night Snack
With Andrew Slack." But we really settled on
the name "Late Night Players" because it
felt iconic. Oftentimes comedy groups have names that
are clever like "Pigs In A Sugar Coated Blanket"
or something to that effect. That's cool. But we decided
to go with something more iconic.
What do you consider your Style or focus?
We like to say we do a show that's like Saturday Night
Live but it's actually funny. In reality, our show
has been greatly inspired by Comedia Del Arte and
it's also loaded with improv. The focus of the show
always changes because we customize each show to our
audience. But I will say that we are consistently
very focused on raising people's sense of social consciousness
What are some of your comedic influences?
Everything from the Marx Brothers to Seinfeld to John
Stewart to the Simpsons to of course Kids In The Hall
and The State. It's a shame that our influences are
almost all men. We try to bring in a subtle and sometimes
overt feminist message in our humor.
As a group, what are some of your most positive and
negative experiences so far?
Performing for the University of the Poor, a group
of nonprofits in Conway, Arkansas, and other meaningful
events like a fundraiser for Amnesty International
and the Campaign to End AIDS. Getting a standing ovation
from 1000 kids at the University of Central Arkansas
is also a pretty good feeling. Traffic jams and bad
food are amongst our most negative experiences. But
we try very hard to eat healthy.
What has shocked or surprised your group about the
How much performing and writing are only two aspects
of the job. Being in this group, you have to be very
good at communicating with four other men that you're
surrounded by a great deal of the time. We're also
humbled by how well our shows have gone in the South.
Who would your group like to work with in the future?
there's the standard sketch comedy answer like Adam
Sandler and David Wain (from "Stella). But we
also want to work for the most important causes...such
as the movement for Economic Human Rights. We need
to be making a difference. The world needs it so much.
Who has your group already worked with that you wanted
the University of the Poor, a story teller named Brother
Blue, a famous stand up comedian named Jimmy Tingle,
and an amazing band called "Harry and the Potters."
Who does your group make theater for?
we can. The last couple of years it's been college
students but we are now branching out. Whoever we
make theater for, however, we hope that it has an
impact on them. That it lightens their heart as well
as gets them thinking.
What is your short term plans? Long term plans?
Short-term plans are to continue the college circuit
while branching out into comedy festivals, corporate
events, volunteers at nonprofits as well as fundraisers,
and working together with other artists to change
the world. Long-term plans involve world domination
in some form or another. Maybe that's not thinking
"big" enough, but we are very humble guys.
What is your groups' background theatrically?
It varies. Two of us have studied theater at conservatories.
Mostly everyone has a lot of experience performing
in either plays or musically.
As a group, what are some of your extracurricular
We like going to the movies, going out dancing, and
hiking up beautiful mountains.
As a group, what do you do usually on a non-descript
in a van. But it's pretty amazing. We use the time
to book shows, write new material, and listen to old
1945 radio episodes of the Adventures of Superman
brought to you by Kellogg's of Battlecreek. I highly
recommend that show, as it's very entertaining.
What do you think of the comedy scene in Philly?
of us are from Philly but we are just getting to know
the comedy scene--and we hope to get to know it a
lot more in the near future.
What do you think about change (think of Uploading
Change, GeoClan.com's slogan)?
In a world full of poverty, genocide, domestic violence,
classism, and environmental desecration change is
essential. We believe that the only way to make effective
change is through our creative hearts and minds. And
a community of artists is a population whose creative
imaginations can change the world. The Late Night
Players would be honored to be part of such a community.
more info on The Late Night Players go to their website