When Amy Seeley and Mike Ross talk about the first time they met, it sounds like a romantic comedy. Except, it's more like love at first laughs. 

When the comedians met in 1999, they were running auditions for The Second City in Chicago. 

"We were laughing at the same times where everyone else was just silent," Ross said. "We had chemistry from that first day for sure." 

Things didn't get serious until Seeley moved to L.A. a year later, where Ross was living and teaching. 

"We saw each other again, and it felt like we had picked up where we left off," Seeley said. "Hollywood definitely brought us together."

Another area has a place in their love story — the Quad-Cities. 

Seeley, a Moline native, already brought Ross home to meet the parents, but there's something ahead even more nerve-wrecking. 

Bringing their two-person comedy show to town. 

Since getting married 11 years ago, the couple has been performing and teaching comedy classes together. And they recently decided to put all of their funny tools together for a combined sketch show.

"We really wanted to do something that was wholly by us and for us," Ross said of the show. "We felt like the dynamics of marriage aren't totally talked about in a comedy setting all the time, and we had all of these experiences to talk about."

You can see the show, "An Evening with Seeley and Ross," at The Establishment in Rock Island on Tuesday. 

"There's something cool about seeing all those people in the audience, like there's your English teacher and your next-door neighbor," she said. "That's one of the cooler feelings." 

Their material revolves around making the mundane of marriage funny. They come up with jokes in the middle of an aisle at the grocery store or while watching a TV show on the couch. 

"We could theoretically always be working, because our writing partner is right there," Seeley said. "But sometimes, we just want to sit back and watch Netflix without feeling like we're writing jokes."  

But it's almost inevitable; they'll do just about anything to make each other laugh. Ross' humor is neurotic, and Seely's is silly, but it makes for a good match, they say.

Seeley will send her husband text messages with movie references and run through the front door to see how he'll react to something funny that happened in her day. 

"Making him laugh is the true joy of my life," she said. "That's why our relationship works and why this show works." 


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).