PRETTY GOOD FRIENDS is...
...a production company that develops and produces intelligent comedic programming for television, podcasts, radio, video, and live events, shows, and festivals.
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. Pretty Good Friends was named "New York's Best Indie Comedy Night" by New York Magazine, and The New York Times called the show, “incredibly personal and really in the spirit of the alternative comedy scene, which is playful, informal and creative.” The show featured appearances from hundreds of comedians coming through NYC, including: Aziz Ansari, John Mulaney, Kristen Schaal, John Oliver, Sarah Silverman, Tig, Mike Birbiglia, Zach Galifiankis, Kumail Nanjiani, and many, many more.
The weekly live show retired back in 2011, but Pretty Good Friends continued as a touring show with appearances at festivals such as Austin’s SXSW, Montreal’s Just For Laughs, and San Francisco’s Sketchfest.
Our focus has turned to developing and producing programming and content that uses comedy for a greater goal. We create meaningful and funny content, events, and experiences through the scope of intelligent and absurdist humor. We use comedy as a tool to educate, inform, communicate, and connect – while still inspiring a spirit of fun and irreverence. If a mime, a neurosurgeon, and a young glass blower all voted on their favorite comedy production company, I bet we’d make top 10.
Our clients and partners include/have included: Animal Planet, Bob's Burgers, Boston Book Festival, Bowery Presents, Discovery Networks, Grist.org, The High Line, MIT, Morbid Anatomy Museum, The New York Times, A Prairie Home Companion, Science Channel, School of Humans, 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.
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.
Strategy & Development
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.
Naomi Westwater Weekes
Naomi joined Pretty Good Friends in 2015. She previously freelanced as a Promotions Coordinator at WBUR, interned with The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod, and was the Events and Program Manager for the Gopher Hole at Goucher College. She has a BA in The Practice & Theory of Storymaking (yes, that is a made up major). She daydreams about being a great dictator.
Therese Plaehn has worked as an actress in television, regional theater, and on Broadway. She received her MFA from A.R.T.’s program with Moscow Art Theater at Harvard. When she’s not crying on stage, she’s thrilled to help out with development and production at Pretty Good Friends. She has an embarrassing story about volleyball camp.