All in the family: "I never knew my father was an actor until I got really involved. [My parents] came to see every show, no matter how big or small the part. And my dad said, ‘You know, I just miss it so much.’ And I was like, ‘Miss it?’ I came to find out that when my parents met at L.A. City College, he was an actor, a theater major. He gave it up and went into accounting because he thought, ‘I want to marry this woman and have a family, and being an actor isn’t responsible.’ So for his 50th birthday, my brothers and my sister and I chipped in and got him acting lessons. For the last 20 years of his life, he was actually a working actor."
Life as a UCLA staffer:
Goodman's improv group, The Goodmen, performs at the Universal Bar and Grill in Universal City. From the left: Goodman, Brian Baldini, Russell Towne and Javier Ronceros.
"We go out to campus departments to see how ASUCLA could better serve them. I work with professors on some of their course materials and let them know the options, like digital or rental options. ... If a professor wants something custom, I can get them in touch with the people who can customize their course materials. I try to put myself out there and meet people as much as possible. But over the years, I’ve been asked everything from how I can save students money on their books to what restaurants on campus have no peanuts!"
The best of both worlds: "I still get to be a cut-up in meetings. I’ve perfected being a class clown and moved on to being a corporate clown! You know, I’m so blessed that I can have the balance; that I can be Corporate Kelly Monday through Friday and on Saturday night, I get to be Comedienne Kelly. And it’s so great that I don’t have to give up one for the other. Like my dad did for so many years!"