My Mom Died When I Was 14 (A Comedy)

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Thu Aug 22, 12:00am

“My Mom Died When I Was 14 (A Comedy)” is an Encore Winning one man show from Matthew Gudernatch, who touches on what it was like to lose his mother at a tender age. There are stories, songs, jokes, and other attempts to turn all of the unending pain he's endured into a fun performance with maybe just a pinch of male nudity. It's like the Carol Burnett Show if she was obsessed with death as a pre-pubescent boy.

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Absolutely heart-wrenching and hilarious. This musical beautifully balances devastatingly dark confessional storytelling with the absurd and obscene humor of a 14-year-old boy. In the theatre, it made me cry, laugh and groan; thinking about the play afterwards had me weeping in a Trader Joe's parking lot. Well done.

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sweet - Kirsten Opstad


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"I truly loved this show. Matt has the unique ability to both make everyone in the audience laugh until they're about to pee and silence the entire room through his emotionally powerful truth. I couldn't believe how I could be gasping for breath at a joke one minute and then completed stunned with tears forming the next. A must see! (I also still have one of those songs stuck in my head!)"

sweet - Sarah Smith


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"This show is a delight! It's heartfelt, and honest, and legitimately funny. Matthew Gudernetch poured his heart out, and I ate it up. Bravo!"

sweet-sour - Shawn Ries


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"This show was simultaneously poignant and hilarious. I really related to Matt's high school moments and felt for him as he dealt with such a tough time in his life. But he somehow made me laugh throughout the story despite that. It was a great and unique show that I would see again!"

sweet - Sara Ries


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"Mr. Gudernatch's vulnerability makes you feel like you're really close friends, even if you've never met the man. The show has that level of comfort around it. Once or twice I found myself wanting to shout out something funny to add, because the vibe makes you feel as if you're around friends... and then there was 1 moment where I REALLY wanted to get up and hug him, because the subject matter was so genuine and heartbreaking. An interesting mix to play with but I think he nailed it. I left feeling like I'd known the guy for years."

sweet - TW


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"I never realized how funny it could be to watch someone bare his soul (and more) telling a story about the most difficult times in his life. I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and left impressed and amazed that he was able to be so relatable, funny and touching about his mother's death, puberty, and more. I'd like to give 14 year old Matt a big hug!"

sweet - Carly


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"This show is truly incredible! I laughed so hard I had tears in my eye, cried which l led to more tears, and watched this performance fully in awe of Matt Gudernatch. This show is something literally everyone should see-it is good for the soul on all levels."

sweet - Cameron Neece


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"Matthew Gudernatch absolutely brings it in "My Mom Died When I was 14!" It was an absolute delight to watch Matt onstage, even as he shared some of the most intimate and painful moments of his life. He does so in a deeply personal, extremely funny and incredibly moving way. I haven't laughed so hard at live theatre in a long time. And because he earns the audience's trust throughout the show, it makes the ending even more moving, beautiful and cathartic - I shed many a tear! It takes real guts to do a one man show and be this vulnerable, kudos to Matt for allowing us all to take the journey with him. And it's all done in less than an hour - a true feat! This is a must see!"

sweet - Jessica Shelby


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"It's basic and cliche to say you'll laugh and you'll cry so I'm not gonna say it, except I just kind of said it. Oh well, that's what you'll do. This show is awesome, don't miss it"

sweet - Royce Johnson


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"Saw this last night and it's a ton of fun! A heartfelt musical journey through the eyes of a teenager who has just felt trauma for the first time and who is using humor to work his way through it. You'll laugh, cry and sing along as you learn not just something about the author but most importantly something new about yourself. Go!"

sweet - Espie Randolph


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"This guy is truly talented. He tackles such a difficult topic with such sincerity and BRUTAL honesty that you can't help but want to cry while laughing at the same time. Gudernatch has a knack for self-deprecating humor that is so genuine and he opens himself up to be laughed at in ways many veteran comedians would shy away from. This show is an insight into the uncomfortable and awkward reality of dealing with tragedy as an immature kid. I can see anyone who has dealt with a similar situation finding comfort in such honesty. I will be seeing this again and look forward to seeing more of this talented guy in the future. 10/10."

sweet - Casey


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"Incredible performance. It's not easy to have an audience laughing uncontrollably and crying inconsolably during one 45 minute performance, but Matt accomplished both in the most moving and eye-opening way. He bared his soul to the world and the performance that resulted from it was incredible. The show made me re-evaluate what is important in life and think deeper about how people deal with stress and tragedy, especially at a young age. Very powerful through and through."

sweet - Ryan Sliva


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"Matt relives the precocious and hilarious self-awareness of the awkward, unlucky young boy he once was. Beautiful in its darkness and merriment, his story is told with much laughter and sorrow. I cannot recommend this show enough, as I will have to see it again to hear what I missed through the parts that I was laughing."

sweet - John Orchard


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"Matt delivers a captivating, engaging and emotional show from start to finish. It's a personal look inward, but remains incredibly relatable and endearing throughout. It's a risk, tonally, to mix tragic material with biting comedy, but Matt absolutely nails it. He had me both laughing and in tears within a matter of minutes. Couldn't recommend more."

sweet - Eric Oberland


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"Life, death, and penis. A whole lot of each in this amazing show that will have you rolling on the floor at parts and tears rolling down at others. This heartfelt comedy is exceptionally well done and teeters on the edge of so many emotions, but ultimately keeps brings you back to the simple joys and fundamental building blocks of life - family, deep life lessons, and delayed onset puberty. Terrific stuff"

sweet - Ryan McDowell


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"This show was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed Matt's take on such a challenging topic that affects countless people. The show is energetic and constantly keeps you on your toes with songs, videos, and the occasional butt. You will laugh, cry, and everything in between. Great show."

sweet - Brad Carr


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"It takes true talent to pull off a one man show, and this performer, writer and creator clearly has true talent! He took the audience along for an emotional ride as he brought us through a tumultuous time of loss, growth, love and significantly delayed puberty. I laughed and cried and left feeling that I had been given a front row seat to Matt's life at age 14. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for this show and for its star!"

sweet - Chrissy


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"Matt is unflinchingly honest in relating his heartwarming/heartbreaking personal story. Well-paced and incredibly funny, Matt manages to make his idiosyncratic, neurotic journey relatable to anyone who has navigated the awkward gauntlet of adolescence, high school, unrequited love, and unbearable loss. I can't recommend this show enough!"

sweet - Graham Fenton


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"Pulling off a great one-man show is not easy. But the reason so many people take the challenge is because if you can nail it, you let the audience do something they never get to in daily life: experience someone else's psyche, with an endearing level of vulnerability. This show definitely accomplishes that. Matt Gudernatch uses intense subject matter to jump from comedic bit to comedic bit — and it works incredibly well. The show is emotional, yet legitimately hilarious. I can't recommend it enough."

sweet - Parker Deay


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"My Mom Died When I Was 14 ( A Comedy) was hilarious, sad and thought provoking. Matt held his own on the stage and made the audience laugh (true belly laughs) and cry. All the stories shared were both relatable and so funny. I'm glad he felt safe to open up and be vulnerable to the audience. Bravo Matt! It was awesome! Job well done!"

sweet - Nicole


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"Matt bares his soul on stage, amongst other things, and the show is a smash from start to finish. The audience experiences the full range of emotions throughout, as we go on Matt's very funny and too freakin' real journey through adolescence. I also had no idea he can finger pick."

sweet - Sean McBride


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"This show blends humor and sadness effortlessly. From the show's title, you know you are going to be dealing with a very heavy topic, but Matt Gudernatch's initial presence quickly puts the audience at ease and opens you up to a wonderful, hilarious and heartbreaking experience. Matt never loses the audiences attention with a mix of monologues, songs, and videos. This show delves into Matt's past, specifically the teenage years, and through his stories you enraptured by the tragedy & comedy that he has endured, while also becoming nostalgic for your own teenage years. You will leave this show blown away not only by Matt Gudernatch's life, but also by his performance."

sweet - Ryan Lagod


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"I laughed, I cried and I saw some partial male nudity. What's not to like? Seriously though, Matt has a vulnerability that pours through his self-deprecating humor. He speaks honestly about the soul-crushing experience of losing a parent/role model/ally during those miserable pre-pubescent years and somehow makes it freaking hilarious. My Mom Died When I Was 14 (A Comedy) is a Fringe must-see, if only in part because the next time you see Matt on TV (you knew you recognized him from somewhere - it's every commercial ever, you're welcome, you can stop racking your brain now) you'll have a little insight into what's going on behind that deadpan stare."

sweet - Becca Murray


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"My Mom Died When I Was 14 ( A Comedy) is a beautifully written and acted dark comedy. It brings both tears of laughter and sadness. Matthew Gudernatch bares his soul in this one man show. It is moving and funny and makes you think about the fleeting time we have on this earth in a light way."

sweet - Jennifer Hunt


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"

Absolutely heart-wrenching and hilarious. This musical beautifully balances devastatingly dark confessional storytelling with the absurd and obscene humor of a 14-year-old boy. In the theatre, it made me cry, laugh and groan; thinking about the play afterwards had me weeping in a Trader Joe's parking lot. Well done.

"

sweet - Kirsten Opstad


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"I truly loved this show. Matt has the unique ability to both make everyone in the audience laugh until they're about to pee and silence the entire room through his emotionally powerful truth. I couldn't believe how I could be gasping for breath at a joke one minute and then completed stunned with tears forming the next. A must see! (I also still have one of those songs stuck in my head!)"

sweet - Sarah Smith


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"This show is a delight! It's heartfelt, and honest, and legitimately funny. Matthew Gudernetch poured his heart out, and I ate it up. Bravo!"

sweet-sour - Shawn Ries


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"This show was simultaneously poignant and hilarious. I really related to Matt's high school moments and felt for him as he dealt with such a tough time in his life. But he somehow made me laugh throughout the story despite that. It was a great and unique show that I would see again!"

sweet - Sara Ries


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"Mr. Gudernatch's vulnerability makes you feel like you're really close friends, even if you've never met the man. The show has that level of comfort around it. Once or twice I found myself wanting to shout out something funny to add, because the vibe makes you feel as if you're around friends... and then there was 1 moment where I REALLY wanted to get up and hug him, because the subject matter was so genuine and heartbreaking. An interesting mix to play with but I think he nailed it. I left feeling like I'd known the guy for years."

sweet - TW


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"I never realized how funny it could be to watch someone bare his soul (and more) telling a story about the most difficult times in his life. I thoroughly enjoyed this show, and left impressed and amazed that he was able to be so relatable, funny and touching about his mother's death, puberty, and more. I'd like to give 14 year old Matt a big hug!"

sweet - Carly


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"This show is truly incredible! I laughed so hard I had tears in my eye, cried which l led to more tears, and watched this performance fully in awe of Matt Gudernatch. This show is something literally everyone should see-it is good for the soul on all levels."

sweet - Cameron Neece


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"Matthew Gudernatch absolutely brings it in "My Mom Died When I was 14!" It was an absolute delight to watch Matt onstage, even as he shared some of the most intimate and painful moments of his life. He does so in a deeply personal, extremely funny and incredibly moving way. I haven't laughed so hard at live theatre in a long time. And because he earns the audience's trust throughout the show, it makes the ending even more moving, beautiful and cathartic - I shed many a tear! It takes real guts to do a one man show and be this vulnerable, kudos to Matt for allowing us all to take the journey with him. And it's all done in less than an hour - a true feat! This is a must see!"

sweet - Jessica Shelby


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"It's basic and cliche to say you'll laugh and you'll cry so I'm not gonna say it, except I just kind of said it. Oh well, that's what you'll do. This show is awesome, don't miss it"

sweet - Royce Johnson


Avatar
"Saw this last night and it's a ton of fun! A heartfelt musical journey through the eyes of a teenager who has just felt trauma for the first time and who is using humor to work his way through it. You'll laugh, cry and sing along as you learn not just something about the author but most importantly something new about yourself. Go!"

sweet - Espie Randolph


Avatar
"This guy is truly talented. He tackles such a difficult topic with such sincerity and BRUTAL honesty that you can't help but want to cry while laughing at the same time. Gudernatch has a knack for self-deprecating humor that is so genuine and he opens himself up to be laughed at in ways many veteran comedians would shy away from. This show is an insight into the uncomfortable and awkward reality of dealing with tragedy as an immature kid. I can see anyone who has dealt with a similar situation finding comfort in such honesty. I will be seeing this again and look forward to seeing more of this talented guy in the future. 10/10."

sweet - Casey


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"Incredible performance. It's not easy to have an audience laughing uncontrollably and crying inconsolably during one 45 minute performance, but Matt accomplished both in the most moving and eye-opening way. He bared his soul to the world and the performance that resulted from it was incredible. The show made me re-evaluate what is important in life and think deeper about how people deal with stress and tragedy, especially at a young age. Very powerful through and through."

sweet - Ryan Sliva


Avatar
"Matt relives the precocious and hilarious self-awareness of the awkward, unlucky young boy he once was. Beautiful in its darkness and merriment, his story is told with much laughter and sorrow. I cannot recommend this show enough, as I will have to see it again to hear what I missed through the parts that I was laughing."

sweet - John Orchard


Avatar
"Matt delivers a captivating, engaging and emotional show from start to finish. It's a personal look inward, but remains incredibly relatable and endearing throughout. It's a risk, tonally, to mix tragic material with biting comedy, but Matt absolutely nails it. He had me both laughing and in tears within a matter of minutes. Couldn't recommend more."

sweet - Eric Oberland


Avatar
"Life, death, and penis. A whole lot of each in this amazing show that will have you rolling on the floor at parts and tears rolling down at others. This heartfelt comedy is exceptionally well done and teeters on the edge of so many emotions, but ultimately keeps brings you back to the simple joys and fundamental building blocks of life - family, deep life lessons, and delayed onset puberty. Terrific stuff"

sweet - Ryan McDowell


Avatar
"This show was fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed Matt's take on such a challenging topic that affects countless people. The show is energetic and constantly keeps you on your toes with songs, videos, and the occasional butt. You will laugh, cry, and everything in between. Great show."

sweet - Brad Carr


Avatar
"It takes true talent to pull off a one man show, and this performer, writer and creator clearly has true talent! He took the audience along for an emotional ride as he brought us through a tumultuous time of loss, growth, love and significantly delayed puberty. I laughed and cried and left feeling that I had been given a front row seat to Matt's life at age 14. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up for this show and for its star!"

sweet - Chrissy


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"Matt is unflinchingly honest in relating his heartwarming/heartbreaking personal story. Well-paced and incredibly funny, Matt manages to make his idiosyncratic, neurotic journey relatable to anyone who has navigated the awkward gauntlet of adolescence, high school, unrequited love, and unbearable loss. I can't recommend this show enough!"

sweet - Graham Fenton


Avatar
"Pulling off a great one-man show is not easy. But the reason so many people take the challenge is because if you can nail it, you let the audience do something they never get to in daily life: experience someone else's psyche, with an endearing level of vulnerability. This show definitely accomplishes that. Matt Gudernatch uses intense subject matter to jump from comedic bit to comedic bit — and it works incredibly well. The show is emotional, yet legitimately hilarious. I can't recommend it enough."

sweet - Parker Deay


Avatar
"My Mom Died When I Was 14 ( A Comedy) was hilarious, sad and thought provoking. Matt held his own on the stage and made the audience laugh (true belly laughs) and cry. All the stories shared were both relatable and so funny. I'm glad he felt safe to open up and be vulnerable to the audience. Bravo Matt! It was awesome! Job well done!"

sweet - Nicole


Avatar
"Matt bares his soul on stage, amongst other things, and the show is a smash from start to finish. The audience experiences the full range of emotions throughout, as we go on Matt's very funny and too freakin' real journey through adolescence. I also had no idea he can finger pick."

sweet - Sean McBride


Avatar
"This show blends humor and sadness effortlessly. From the show's title, you know you are going to be dealing with a very heavy topic, but Matt Gudernatch's initial presence quickly puts the audience at ease and opens you up to a wonderful, hilarious and heartbreaking experience. Matt never loses the audiences attention with a mix of monologues, songs, and videos. This show delves into Matt's past, specifically the teenage years, and through his stories you enraptured by the tragedy & comedy that he has endured, while also becoming nostalgic for your own teenage years. You will leave this show blown away not only by Matt Gudernatch's life, but also by his performance."

sweet - Ryan Lagod


Avatar
"I laughed, I cried and I saw some partial male nudity. What's not to like? Seriously though, Matt has a vulnerability that pours through his self-deprecating humor. He speaks honestly about the soul-crushing experience of losing a parent/role model/ally during those miserable pre-pubescent years and somehow makes it freaking hilarious. My Mom Died When I Was 14 (A Comedy) is a Fringe must-see, if only in part because the next time you see Matt on TV (you knew you recognized him from somewhere - it's every commercial ever, you're welcome, you can stop racking your brain now) you'll have a little insight into what's going on behind that deadpan stare."

sweet - Becca Murray


Avatar
"My Mom Died When I Was 14 ( A Comedy) is a beautifully written and acted dark comedy. It brings both tears of laughter and sadness. Matthew Gudernatch bares his soul in this one man show. It is moving and funny and makes you think about the fleeting time we have on this earth in a light way."

sweet - Jennifer Hunt