North Dakota comedians set to begin season 2 of their late night show
MINOT, N.D. — With a mix of comedy, a talented band and a few real-life situations, "Good Night Live" is working to be the Midwest's answer to the late night talk show.
"I was visiting a friend, you know, complaining about my job, and he says, 'You know, you should become a late night show host,'" said Jake Thrailkill, a financial advisor by day and host of "Good Night Live" by night. "I thought yeah, I'll just call up Kimmel or Fallon or anybody and see if they want to be done, and I'll just take their spot."
But the thought was planted. On his drive back from his meeting in Dickinson, N.D., Thrailkill started considering the ways he could turn his friend's idea into a reality. He says he felt most of the major news shows didn't directly appeal to the Midwestern way of life, giving him a jumping off point for when he brought the idea to The Good Talk Network's owner and host Jonah Lantto.
"We batted the idea around for a while and decided that now wasn't the time for the resources," Thrailkill said. "Then it was really surreal for me in the sense that months later, we're getting the band back together. We started from there, and it's been nonstop grind ever since."
The performers and guests of "Good Night Minot" — now "Good Night Live" — bring a late-night television vibe with a Midwest flair to every performance.
"Everything that happens on late night TV is coming from the coast and it's about the coast," said executive producer Lantto. "They're heavy into the political comedy, and while we make fun of a lot of politicians, they're the regional and local names that you actually know and care about. And you don't get tired of making a punchline out of somebody like Ole Larson, a senator here in Minot."
Their team is small but mighty. Thrailkill, who is listed as "The Talent" on the show's website, is the host (and the inspiration for many of the show's sketches), and stands alongside Myles Barcomb, the leader of the show's Sweet Dreams band. ShaunAnne Tangney, who acts as the "den mother" of the group, keeps the team and their ducks in a row to help make the show successful, but not without help from Lantto.
They aren't the only folks who keep the show on the road, though. Adam Dyess (video specialist and producer), Terry Effertz (writer and Mistress of Ceremonies), Derek Smith (writer and actor), Brent Schaff (writer and actor) and "Vodka" Mike Annas (writer and actor) round out the group.
A group, Lantto says, that didn't know each other until their first meeting. But through countless hours of meetings, dozens of rehearsals and four sold-out shows, they've found their niche. And they're ready to come back for season two.
"We had kind of a trial by fire for the first show," Barcomb said. "We did a lot of writing, we did a lot of work on it and we thought it was funny, but we weren't sure if anyone else was going to think it was funny. So, after that first show, we were on cloud nine — like we pulled it off. I couldn't believe it went so well. Everything was funny, the music was great, and it just worked out almost exactly how we had it written out. And it was like 'Holy, we can do this.'"
They've been chasing that "first show high" since their opening night, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019.
"It's a good feeling you get when people laugh at your jokes," Tangney said. "A lot of comedians will say that, you know, when you really do it, you learn what that really feels like, and it's a pretty good high."
Season two of "Good Night Live" kicks off at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 29, in the alley behind Prairie Sky Breads (3 First St. SE, Suite 1) in Minot, with food and drinks served by The Starving Rooster, High Third and Straight Concessions. Special musical guest Ryan Tetzloff (aka Cold Sweat) will pump up the crowd before the late-night comedy talk show begins, featuring special guests Becky Dewitz and a crew of animal trainers from the Roosevelt Park Zoo — along with Minot Mayor Shaun Simpa, who has graciously agreed to be roasted by the "Good Night Live" team.
Tickets for the show are $25, and can be purchased online at goodnightlive.com . The premiere show will feature an after-party with music by Myles Barcomb and The Sweet Dreams.
If you go
What: Season 2 premiere of Good Night Live
When: Saturday, Aug. 29
Where: The alley at 3 First St. SE, Minot
Info: Gates will open and social hour will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online at goodnightlive.com .