This week, Good Good Comedy Theater, a small comedy club in Philadelphia’s Chinatown, will host two comedians who might have the next big thing.
John McKeever and Tim Butterly, along with Tommy Pope, are midway through the long, slow birth of a new comedy TV show.
They created “Delco Proper,” a working-class comedy set in Delaware County about a group of friends navigating adulthood in their small hometown.
John McKeever and Tim Butterly (Provided)
Two years ago, the cable channel Comedy Central commissioned a web series — four short episodes of about 5 minutes apiece. It did pretty well.
Then, Comedy Central green-lighted a pilot episode — that’s a 22-minute episode suitable for television. It was shot in May, and is now in post-production.
“It made the web series look like garbage,” said Butterly. “I think that’s a measure of how much better the pilot is, closer to the true vision.”
“I think, when the web series was done, we were happy with the product,” added McKeever. “But after we shot the pilot — like Tim said — we stepped back and said, ‘This is what we were going for the first time.'”
Now that pilot episode will be looked at by a strong of executives at Comedy Central to decide its fate, which could take six months or more. In the meantime, Butterly and McKeever will keep their chops up by hosting stand-up nights at Good Good Comedy Theater.
The relaxed evening features the old friends — whose time is otherwise occupied by work and fatherhood — catching up with each other. In between bantering they invited stand-up comics to perform, and do crowd work.
“Remember the open-relationship couple that one time?” Butterly reminisced with McKeever. “And then they came back and gave us an update? The only plan is that our funny friends are going to show up and doing something weird and dumb that we want to see, because we think it’s funny.”
Their comedy night, called Get In, happens most Thursdays at Good Good Comedy Theater.