The suffocation of the state in the state of COVID-19 was no joke. The onset of the pandemic was particularly devoid of laughter due to the shutdown of bars and comedy clubs. Time for the stage was short, and the muffled smiles of the audience in the virtual shows were no substitute for the drunken roar of the crowd laughing in unison.
But despite many obstacles from 2020, comedian Brittany Brave she managed to get busy. Flying back and forth between New York and her hometown of Miami, Brave has worked on a multitude of projects: launching a podcast, filming a web series with specs, and opening her regular show at the Tiny Cupboard in Brooklyn.
She decided to spend the rest of 2020 in South Florida. To limit the creative tax year, Brave will shoot his first comedy special at the Villain Theater on Friday, November 27th.
“It’s kind of a treat to go home,” says Brave New Times.
Brave’s performance at Villain has been in the making for some time. As clubs and bars reopened, the theater took advantage and booked weekly standup performances by the end of the year. Brave found herself as the mainstay at the scene.
“In the summer, I started doing negative virtual shows and dealing with their virtual microphones and some of their own [booked] virtual shows, “Brave explains.” That turned into some guest and some played places. I have built a good relationship with them and I feel like they are my home club. ”
As time went on, Brave became more and more comfortable performing in Villain and progressed in making longer sets. When the place expanded its main offering, it also gave it the ability to capture the look.
“The first major release of comedians is usually a collection of materials that have honed their entire lives and careers,” says Brave. “The band’s debut album is like the first songs they wrote, they were successful, they had the opportunity to write and rewrite and publish over and over again, so you want it to be a statement about who I am a comedian, but also to keep it current. . “
A special comedy is often a time capsule, so expect Brave to address the best year we’ve experienced so far.
“It made sense to talk about the oddity of 2020 given that we’re recording it, given that the whole reason I’m home in Miami is because of this pandemic,” she says. “It would be very, very strange to record this special tape under these conditions, and at least that the clip of my material reflects COVID.”
Even without being recognized by the talent on the scene, COVID’s procedures to reduce the spread will surely feel the presence of COVID.
“We are pursuing a six-foot policy between the parties, masks for everyone – performers and audience members. If you don’t eat or drink, for example, you have to wear a mask, ”says Anastasia Pavlinskaya, director of the Villain standup theater.
The theater does everything in its power to make the audience feel as safe as possible, including checking the temperature at the door, plexiglass across the cash register and bar, and limited seating capacity. Staff and contractors are also tested regularly.
“We are looking for everything,” says Pavlinskaya. “We all go through Marlins Park to get tested. So far, it’s like a social activity that shares our negative COVID results. ”
Still, Brave has no plans to overdo it with COVID material.
“The audience right now is desperate to distract,” Brave says. “As much as they want you to call obviously, they’re pretty much and ‘OK, move on.’
While the audience is looking for escapism, she admits that it would be a shame not to point out the elephant in the room.
“By going out and watching the show, you risk something. So, just like we do comedy in 2020, we have to admit that, “adds Brave. “[There are] so many elephants in one room – as if that were the theme for a corona comedy. ”
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