The Flat Earth, PHIT’s oldest sketch house team, opened their newest show last weekend. The show is called “Best Regrets,” which encapsulates the themes of the sketches but also the writing process itself.
Read a Q&A with Matt Schmid, a writer and performer on The Flat Earth, below!
What was the writing process like for this show?
The writing process was a little bit different for this show. Since we’re celebrating our five-year anniversary this year, we’ve been looking back and seeing which sketches we would like to include in our upcoming best-of show for the Philly Fringe Festival. While looking back we kept coming across sketches that we really liked but never quite worked on stage. We decided to use this show to rewrite and rework old sketches and see if we could fix them. Writing the show felt like a collaboration between us and ourselves from three or four years ago. While writing the show we realized that some of the sketches were bad for a reason, so the show contains a mix of new and reworked material.
What most excites The Flat Earth about this show?
There’s at least one sketch in this show that is a completely reworked version of a sketch that I wrote for our second show back in 2013. I was really embarrassed by that sketch and it how it went the first time so I’m very thankful for the opportunity to hack it to pieces and try it again all these years later.
Also, there’s a sketch where Rich Lee sings opera.
What can audiences expect? What would you like them to know going into the show, if anything?
This show is probably the loudest and dumbest show we’ve ever put on… and I mean that in a good way. Also, this is the 16th consecutive Flat Earth show to reference The Maccaroni Grille, which is a thing we decided we would do for no reason at all while writing our very first show in 2012.
How is this show different than other The Flat Earth shows?
The last few shows The Flat Earth has done all contained a lot of very short sketches. This show has more than a few sketches that really take their time. I forgot how much I love to write sketches that slow the pace down and explore the weird world they inhabit.
Anything else you would like to say about the show!
We are lucky to get to perform this show with two incredible acts, The Amazing Flying Edelmen and American Express. The Edelmens are so funny and their show at PHIT “The Gimmick Show” is one of the weirdest, silliest shows I’ve ever seen on stage in Philly. The last time I caught American Express I was blown away. They have such a great energy whether they’re performing sketch or improv and they have a special way of making the audience feel like they’re in on the fun instead of just spectating.