Katie Goodman

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Katie Goodman is an award winning comedian, author, and speaker. She has performed on Showtime’s The Green Room with Paúl Provenza[1], Current TV[2], and TruTV[3], and has toured internationally for over 12 years. Her comedy has amassed over 3 million views online[4][5][6]. As a keynote speaker and trainer[7], Katie has taught over 10,000 people the art of bringing the tools of improvisational comedy into their work and everyday life. She writes for O, The Oprah Magazine[8] and is the author of Improvisation For The Spirit: Living A More Creative, Spontaneous and Courageous Life Using The Tools of Improv Comedy[9]. Katie was nominated for the MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant for her unique work in theatre. She performs her solo show I Didn't F*ck It Up in New York City[10] and around the world. She is also a creator, writer, and director of Broad Comedy[11], a provocative and lovable all-women's comedy and musical satire troupe that performs sporadically at The SoHo Playhouse in NYC[12][13], and tours America raising money for organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU.[14][15]


Goodman graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1990.[16]

Goodman and her husband Soren Kisiel[17] are the creators, writers, and directors of Broad Comedy[18], an all women's musical comedy and sketch troupe. The troupe was created in 2001.

She was also the founder and producer of the National Women's Theatre Festival in Los Angeles[19] in the 90s, and an Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival.[citation needed][20]

Katie Goodman writes for O: The Oprah Magazine,[21] is a nationally touring speaker,[22] and is the author of Improvisation For The Spirit: Live A Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy.[23] She has given keynotes and led corporate workshops for 10 years. Her clients are extremely varied and include Planned Parenthood, The YWCA, Huffington Post Thrive, Inbound, Kripalu, Omega Institute, TedX[24], The Martha Beck Institute, software companies, and many colleges including Harvard, Wellesley, and Smith.

Katie created an online self-help course called "Improvise Your Life"[25] where she teaches how to create a purpose driven courageous, adventurous, and meaningful life and career.

She launched her first podcast, "The Improvised Life with Katie Goodman"[26] in 2018.

Katie and her husband Soren Kisiel are the founders of the award-winning Verge Theatre[27] (formerly known as the Equinox Theatre) in Bozeman Montana where they were directors, actors and playwrights in residence.

Katie and Soren also founded Camp Equinox Summer Theater Day Camp in 1996, where thousands of children come each year to learn about musical comedy, Shakespeare, film acting, mask-making, puppetry, play-writing, comedy improv and more. [28]

Awards and runs[edit]

In April 2011, Goodman and Kisiel started the social activism awareness site www.UnFuckitup.com due to the popularity of their hit show I Didn’t Fuck It Up. Here social activists could come together to get inspired about how other people are changing the world.[29] They awarded one "unfucker" of the month.

Goodman, Kisiel, and Broad Comedy were nominated for an Epic Award from The White House Project in 2010, as well as being nominated for a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for their unique work in theatre.[30][31]

Goodman performed at Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza taping in 2010.[32]

Broad Comedy was featured at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland in the summer of 2010[33], and won the Vancouver Fringe Festival.[34] They have also performed in Boston[35], Los Angeles, and in NYC at The SoHo Playhouse[36][37], and The Triad Theatre[38], as well as touring America performing at Planned Parenthood fundraisers.

Katie's solo show won the "Pick of the Fringe" Award at the Vancouver Fringe Festival in 2005.[39]

Katie's Solo show won the Time Out Critic's Pick for Best Cabaret.

Katie's CD "I Didn't F*ck It up"[40] is available on iTunes.

Her second CD titled "Halfway Closer To Dead"[41] and is available on iTunes and was distributed by Comedy Dynamics[42], Americans #1 independent comedy label.

Personal life[edit]

Goodman is a Boston native and the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Ellen Goodman.[43]

Her husband, Soren Kisiel[44] co-writes and co-directs Broad Comedy and her solo show. He is a children book’s author. He and Katie co-wrote The Night Our Parents Went Out. They spent 14 years as the founder and artistic directors or the Equinox Theatre in Bozeman Montana where they acted in and directed over 125 plays.

Goodman resides in Brooklyn, New York with her husband and son.


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  2. ^ "Current TV- feminism, Oscars & Tweeting The C Word".
  3. ^ ""Impractical Jokers" Brother of the Sisterhood (TV Episode)".
  4. ^ "Katie Goodman - Home".
  5. ^ "Broad Comedy- Home".
  6. ^ "Katie Goodman- YouTube".
  7. ^ "Katie Goodman Home".
  8. ^ "O The Opera Magazine" (PDF).
  9. ^ "Improvisation for the Spirit: Live a More Creative, Spontaneous, and Courageous Life Using the Tools of Improv Comedy".
  10. ^ http://www.triadnyc.com/
  11. ^ "Home Page- Katie Goodman".
  12. ^ "SoHo Playhouse".
  13. ^ "Broad Comedy | Comedy in New York".
  14. ^ Karen Campbell (8 March 2006). "Broad Comedy". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  15. ^ "All-Female Comedy Show – Broad Comedy Begins at The SoHo Playhouse Tonight". Broadway World. 29 January 2018. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  16. ^ http://www.upenn.edu/gazette/0512/pro02.html
  17. ^ "Soren Kisiel".
  18. ^ "Home Page- Katie Goodman".
  19. ^ "LAWTF".
  20. ^ "Philadelphia Women's Theatre Festival".
  21. ^ http:// www.oprah.com/money/The-30-Day-Email-Detox
  22. ^ http://www.oprah.com/oprahradio/E-mail-Detox
  23. ^ http://www.sourcebooks.com/author/katie-goodman.html
  24. ^ "TEDxPhoenix-Katie Goodman".
  25. ^ "Katie Goodman- Katie Goodman Online Courses".
  26. ^ "Katie Goodman- Katie Goodman Podcast".
  27. ^ "Welcome to Bozeman Theater on the Verg".
  28. ^ "About-Camp Equinox Summer Theater Day Camp".
  29. ^ http://www.unfuckitup.com
  30. ^ Anya Strzemien (25 May 2011). "Meryl Streep, Megan Mullally & More Attend The White House Project Epic Awards (Photos)". Huffington Post. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  31. ^ http://www.macfound.org/site/c.lkLXJ8MQKrH/b.959463/k.9D7D/Fellows_Program.htm
  32. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sw3_J2RuYzI
  33. ^ "Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Edinburgh Festivals, Katie Goodman". The List. 9 August 2013. Retrieved 19 April 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  34. ^ http://www.pressplus1.com/stage-reviews/broad-comedy-vancouver-fringe-festival-2008
  35. ^ "Broad Comedy- The Boston Globe".
  36. ^ "Broad Comedy- SoHo Playhouse".
  37. ^ "Broad Comedy | Comedy in New York".
  38. ^ "Broad Comedy-The Triad".
  39. ^ http://www.vancouverfringe.com/about-fringe/
  40. ^ "I Didn't F**k It Up by Katie Goodman on Apple Music".
  41. ^ "Halfway Closer to Dead by Katie Goodman on Apple Music".
  42. ^ "Comedy Dynamics".
  43. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-12-18. Retrieved 2011-01-30. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  44. ^ "Soren Kisiel".

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