Gabby Momah (Morgan) and Carla Lee (Mary) face off in the sanitary products aisle of a grocery store. We see another customer in the background.
The Cup by Nice Tan
Thinking of getting a menstrual cup?
“The Cup,” written by prolific Nice Tan creative collaborator Amanda Rosenberg, will make you think again. Inspired by the meddling busybodies of Bay Area grocery store aisles, this dark and hilarious takedown of womyn policing womyn was such a hit at the 2018 SF Sketchfest that Nice Tan Creator Carla Lee had to capture it for eternity. Carla stars as unhinged and opinionated frequent shopper Mary, who is swiftly and decidedly one-upped by actor Gabby Momah as Morgan — a seemingly hapless shopper who appears flustered by Mary’s intrusion but quickly flips the script with a unique take on the merits of personal hygiene products. Director Adrian Elliot seizes us in the claustrophobic canal of the aisle, brings the confrontation to a frenzied climax, and leaves us wondering — did Morgan get what she was looking for all along?
Nice Tan is a WOC/QPOC-led sketch comedy project about life and identity in a world that’s not as “woke” as it thinks it is. Our mission is to feature underrepresented perspectives in sketch comedy and skewer the various identities we inhabit in a pointed, irreverent, and hilarious way. The themes we explore are universal for POC regardless of geography, but as Bay Area artists we’ve set our show in SF/Oakland because people look to the Bay as a progressive mecca, and flock here to grapple with identity and reinvent themselves — often with mortifying and hilarious results.
…And people have seen enough Silicon Valley shows starring white tech bros.
Directed by Adrian Rojas Elliot
Written by Amanda Rosenberg
Created by Carla Lee
Produced by Melissa Daniels
Director of Photography Judy Phu
Edited by Julie Tseselsky Kirschner
Colorist Ayumi Ashley
Sound Design & Mix by Lamps Lampadinha
Gabby Momah as Morgan
Carla Lee as Mary
Nick Hongola as Male Voice
Dara Wilson as Shopper
Ryan Marchand as Store Employee