...a comedy production company.

Co-founded by long-time collaborators Eugene Mirman and Julie Smith Clem, Pretty Good Friends began in 2006 as a weekly comedy show in the basement of Union Hall in Brooklyn. It featured appearances from hundreds of comedians coming through NYC, including: Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Sarah Silverman, Tig Notaro, Mike Birbiglia, Zach Galifianakis, Kumail Nanjiani, and many, many more.  

These days, we’ve expanded to a production company that develops and produces intelligent comedic programming for television, podcasts, radio, video, and live events, shows, and festivals.  

We use comedy for a greater goal - as a tool to educate, inform, communicate, and connect, while still inspiring a spirit of fun and irreverence. We aim to create meaningful and funny content, events, and experiences through the scope of our intelligent and absurdist humor.  

Our clients and partners include/have included: Animal Planet, Bob's Burgers, Boston Book Festival, Bowery Presents, Discovery Networks,, The High Line, MIT, Morbid Anatomy Museum, The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, Science Channel, School of Humans, Solid Sound Festival, StarTalk Radio, truTV, WBUR, various comedians, and more.

Julie Smith Clem
Co-Founder, Executive Producer

Julie is a comedy writer and producer.  She has Executive Produced TV series for IFC, Comedy Central, and the Science Channel.  As a producer at The Onion, she helped create and launch the Peabody Award-winning web series “Onion News Network.”  She also worked in production at Adult Swim, NBC Sports, NBC Studios, MTV’s “Wonder Showzen,” Court TV, and produced hundreds of comedy shows and events for comedians, festivals, public radio stations, and for Pretty Good Friends.  Her biggest achievement was being the Bay Area's top hot dog vendor in 2001. 

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Eugene Mirman
Co-Founder, Comedian

Eugene is a comedian and hero. He voices “Gene” on Fox’s hit animated series Bob’s Burgers.  He was a regular on Flight of the Conchords, Adult Swim’s Delocated, and has two Comedy Central Specials.  He has also appeared on Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Home Movies, the Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and more.


Therese plaehn

Therese Plaehn has worked as an actress in television/film, regional theater, and on Broadway. When she’s not crying on stage, she’s thrilled to work at PGF in writing, development and production. She and Julie were dance partners in "Godspell" in high school (they were in the back).


Chet Clem
Strategy + Creative Consultant

Chet is a creative strategy consultant for start-ups and small businesses. He was once the editorial manager at The Onion, where he oversaw the development of two best-selling books: Our Dumb World and Our Front Pages. He got his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, and his nursery school certificate from the Cambridge Ellis School. He is currently being trained by a dog named Willie.

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