Second City alums Frank Caeti and Matt Craig on satire, cold medicine and Tebow
Frank, what was it like being on MadTV?
F: It was good. That was the reason I moved to Los Angeles. And I was thankful for the opportunity and it was a real learning experience. The situation with Matt and SNL is very similar. It's sometimes hard for junior cast members to get stuff in, and I was the least senior cast member there. None of the seniors graduated. It wasn't easy all the time.
So you weren't writing, you were mostly acting, correct?
F: Oh, no--you're expected to write. If you wanna be on the show. It's not like a sitcom show where it's like, "I'm the wacky neighbor, and the writers will write me a funny line!" No, I had to write bits every week. Same thing with SNL--all the actors pitch and write. You have to.
So, I heard you went to CSU and that you lived in Denver for a while.
F: I did--I went to high school at Stanley Lake, right outside of Broomfield. And then I went to CSU for college. I actually am still in touch with some of my theater professors. They're so supportive that I've had different professors fly to Las Vegas to see the show, to Chicago, and the last time we were in Denver they came down.
What do you miss about Denver that you're looking forward to doing when you get the chance?
F: I haven't lived there in so long, but I still have some family and good friends there, so seeing those guys in particular is awesome. And I really love Benny's Mexican Food, so I'll probably go there. It's a great place and it's always nice to be back.
What are you hoping the audience takes away from the show?
F: I think anybody that creates anything, you want it to work on many levels, and you want it to be appreciated by the audience. We want it to be entertaining and funny, but as is the work in satire, there could be another level to that, like 'oh, there's something being said here.' Do you appreciate it? Are you moved by it?
M: I think of this show kind of like the way they flavor medicines. You want to address bigger picture stuff, even as comedians. I have a daughter and I think it's funny that all these medicines are cherry flavored. We're giving a cherry flavor to our medicine in hopes that it goes down easy and brings a smile to people's faces.
Do you guys have anything else to add?
M: We're really excited to come. I love that town--it's a beautiful part of the country. When you were talking to Frank about what we were looking forward to, the first thing that popped into my head was 'mountains.'
F: Matt is also a huge Tebow fan.
It's so sad--he's not here anymore.
F: He just wants to be in the same place where Tebow walked.
M: Yeah. If at all possible. I am hoping--there's a legend that there's a shroud of Tebow. That after one of the games, he gently rubbed his face on a towel and it left an imprint. So in my free time, when Frank's going to get mexican food, I'm going to be seeking out this holy towel of Tebow's face.
Well, good luck. I hope you find it.
F: We're going to hell.
M: Yeah. Tebow style. When you manipulate a religion for your own personal gain, it's technically a mortal sin, so... But that's between Tebow and I. I'll talk to him next time I'm in New York.
FrankenMatt will be performing American Imperil at Voodoo Comedy Playhouse on June 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $14 in advance and $16 at the door, and can be purchased at Voodoo's website. FrankenMatt will also be appearing at the Colorado Improv Festival in Colorado Springs on June 9.