Club Chuckles presents KATE BERLANT
Based in Brooklyn, Kate Berlant performs across the country in festivals such as the New York Comedy Festival, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, Outside Lands, High Plains Comedy Festival and LA's Riot Festival. Kate was recently profiled by The New York Times as a "magnetic improvisational comic" at the forefront of experimental comedy. In 2012 she was named by Time Out New York as one of New York City's "Top Three Comics to Watch" and as one of Comedy Central's "Comics to Watch." Reggie Watts named her as one of his "Top Ten Stand-Up Comedians" in Time Out London, and Splitsider listed her as one of the "Top Ten Up and Coming Comedians on the East Coast." Kate has been commissioned by The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles to work on their online channel and was one of the faces of IFC's web series "Comedy Drop." She recently finished touring the country with musician Father John Misty. When she's not on the road, Kate runs a weekly show at the Cake Shop in New York City on Tuesday nights.
"Ms. Berlant, a magnetic improvisational comic has been described as a surrealist and an absurdist, but neither is exactly right. Delivering charismatic theory-driven speeches in lineups of joke-tellers, Ms. Berlant, who is 26, resists and even questions easy categorization. She may be best understood as an avant-garde theater artist whose aggressive artifice makes the irreverent argument that comedy needn't be rooted in truth. In 2005 I wrote an essay arguing that the theatrical avant-garde was shrugging off its black turtleneck reputation and embracing broad, silly comedy. In a complementary trend, comedy has expanded its tent to include formally daring artists like Tig Notaro, Reggie Watts and Ms. Berlant. You might call this growing genre experimental comedy.
Ms. Berlant will not be to everyone's taste. Her comedy is rarefied on one level, but broadly silly on another. She doesn't really tell jokes. She holds forth in the digressive voice of a seductive, larger-than-life guru, evoking a New Age businesswoman or a trendy academic. Her outsized personas shift slightly, enough to indicate they're contrived, but her language and style remain remarkably consistent wherever she performs.
A skilled physical comedian, Ms. Berlant has a flexible face that doesn't contort into a multitude of rubbery looks so much as a few deliriously weird ones. There's the cross-eyed mask of tragedy; the sage face of wonder; and a weirdly clownish mug with her mouth and eyebrows going crooked in diagonal tandem, which looks like a portrait done by a child who would grow up to be a serial killer." NEW YORK TIMES
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