Good Cooks

The Good Cooks program takes the form of an a la carte menu.
We enjoyed this recurring sketch show so much the first time that we decided to return for a proper review. Did this month’s episode meet our expectations, or is Good Cooks a one-hit wonder?

By Andrew Andrews

The Tank is one of our favorite venues for developing and experimental theatre, but we have to acknowledge that their shows are very hit-or-miss when it comes to quality and level of enjoyment. When we decided to drop by in July to check out a monthly sketch series in the style of Saturday Night Live, we admittedly had high hopes. Unlike more general-purpose comedy shows, this one is centered around an obvious theme—food!—and like most New Yorkers, we love food.

Instead of your typical “program,” Good Cooks provides you with a “menu” listing the sequence of bits, as though you could place an order. And sandwiched between more than half-a-dozen sketches is an interview segment with a local food celebrity. Last month, it was Matt Gallira of Chelsea Market’s Big Mozz, and this episode’s guest was Michelle Buster of Forever Cheese. During the interview, the crew delivers an edible treat to the audience: previously we enjoyed fried mozzarella sticks with marinara sauce; this time we sampled three cheeses, fig cake and even a sip of white wine.

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Andrew Andrews attended Good Cooks at The Tank The 99 in New York on Saturday, August 24, 2019 @ 7:00pm to write this review.

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