“I thought I was gonna be the Wookie.”
Josh Margolin ’11, a Gag Reflex alumnus who probably isn’t the biggest stranger to sketch comedy (see: “Laugh Track,” “Enrolled”), has done just that by launching The Skinny Goodmans, an LA-based sketch comedy group formed with Benjamin Smolen ’10 and some other dude who didn’t go to Wesleyan and therefore hardly warrants being mentioned by name (fine, it’s William). You can check out the group’s recent YouTube creations here, of which my favorite is “Harrison Ford Carpentry” (above), a rather brooding meditation on carpentry, loneliness, and a remorseful Harrison Ford. Click here for the Goodmans’ fan page, and scroll on for Margolin’s pitch (and a few other sample vids).
I’m sure it’s what many of you are thinking right now: What should I do when I graduate? Should I stay at home? Should I get a job? How little money do I have to make to qualify for food stamps? Will this lump go away soon? Will my English major mean anything? And, my God, why is the lump is still there?! Well, for Josh Margolin ’11 (Gag Reflex, incredibly popular) and Benjamin Smolen ’10 (no affiliation, not very well known), the answer was simple: start a sketch comedy group.
Josh and Ben, along with a third member (didn’t go to Wesleyan and is therefore insignificant to this post), founded The Skinny Goodmans, a Los Angeles based group. Although the group has just been recently formed, what they lack in experience, they more than make up for in experience. So support your fellow Wesleyan students, watch their videos, and, if you like them, become fans of theirs on Facebook maybe tell a friend or two!