Our Story

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Mary grew up on Long Island. Pat grew up in Colorado. So, when they met as performers at the ImprovOlympic (now known as iO) theater in Chicago, they were surprised to learn that their dads had gone to the same High School on the Lower East Side in the 1940s.

They fell in love instantly, and only dated for seven years before Pat popped the question.

Oddly, it wasn’t until after they were married that they finally started regularly performing with each other. They premiered their first offering, Jazz Hand: Tales of a One-Armed Woman, at the New York International Fringe Festival, where Mary an Outstanding Actor award.

Jazz Hand went on to play in numerous venues around the country, including at the Millibo Art Theater in Colorado and the Piccolo Fringe in Charleston. Eventually, Mary and Pat made a short film of the opening sketch, which got to the finals of the NBC/Universal Shortcuts festival, where Mary won the Best Actor Award.

In touring Jazz Hand, they got started doing an improv set after the show, and, for fun, they started to ask for suggestions of famous couples from History. It was so much fun that they started writing some of the bits down, and Pat and Mary Save Their Marriage was born.

That’s led to more videos, more contemplation, and more fun with great moments from history. There’s also been a kid (and another one coming any day now), Off-Broadway plays, Commercials, an appearance on This American Life for Mary, a completely sex-free parody of the most prurient bestseller of all time by Pat, and an extremely exciting night when we were invited to perform Jazz Hand one more time: at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

So we’re going to try to stay married. And we’re going to try to keep making fun things and share them with you. And if you have a moment to share some thoughts with us, suggestions, what-have-yous, we’d love to hear from you.

3 comments

  1. Heard your story on Moth. Here I was, sitting in the parking lot of a wine store, waiting to hear the whole story, with my dog. You brought tears to my eyes and a piercing to my heart. You probably get that a lot from other mothers. But I’m a 6’4″, 250 lb guy. (With a blind Lab, but that’s another story.) It is a touching and inspiring story. And you were brave to tell it as honestyly as you did. I was truly touched and I am appreciative to have listened. Thank you for sharing.

    And, Jazz Hand is pretty funny. Best wishes to you.

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