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Finally a Breitbart article you can laugh at Sketch comedy act Blogologues performs the internet live.
If you go Friday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m. The Peopleâ€™s Improv Theater 123 E. 24th St. $15, blogologues.org
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For NYC-based comedians Jen Jamula and Allison Goldberg, anything they read online is fodder forÂ Blogologues, their live sketch comedy show in which they perform the internet. Since 2011, the two friends and collaborators, who met studying theater as Yale undergrads, have acted out, sung and danced to word-for-word reenactments of Craigslist missed connections, Tinder profiles and Yelp reviews. Their productions have spanned theÂ viral Twitter storyÂ about a womanâ€™s pooping fiasco on a date (which they performed as a mini-opera) to theÂ 2010 Hairpin article â€œThe â€˜Winter Boy-
Allison Goldberg, left, and Jen Jamula, right, cohost the Blogologues, a live sketch comedy show in which they re-enact things theyâ€™ve read online.
friend,â€™â€?Â skewering the infamous Marie Claire piece,Â â€œShould you lock in a â€˜winter boyfriendâ€™?â€?Â Once a month, the duo performs Blogologues at the Peopleâ€™s Improv Theater in Chelsea, combining a mix of audience favorites plus
new sketches, often tied to the news cycle. The week before Election Day, the two acted out trending Twitter topics like #TrumpBookReport and #NastyWoman. For the latter, they set the best nasty woman tweets to Prince prote-
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like a joke, but it isnâ€™t a joke,â€? says Goldberg.Â â€œThe alt-right is a group we have known about for years because we spend a lot of time on the deep dark depths of the internet,â€? she explains. â€œWeâ€™ve seen them on 4Chan, Reddit, all the menâ€™s rights sites, saying really hateful things.â€? With former Breitbart chairman Steve Bannon named chief strategist and senior advisor to Trump, â€œnow [the altright] is empowered and theyâ€™re out.â€? Jamula and Goldberg will perform the article dressed in Catholic school girl uniforms, â€œdoing a cross between a purity ceremony and so-
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ges Vanity 6â€™s song â€œNasty Girlâ€? with a full song and dance routine. They wore pantsuits. â€œWe wore â€˜Iâ€™m with herâ€™ shirts,â€? remembers Jamula. â€œThe whole thing was so pro-Hillary.â€? They say itâ€™s too sad to perform now.Â Since Nov. 9, their acts have taken on more political heft, because so much of whatâ€™s on the internet can no longer be read as benign. At the show this Friday, theyâ€™re debuting a brand new sketch â€” which you can file under dark comedy â€” based on the Breitbart article, â€œBirth control makes women unattractive and crazy.â€?Â Â â€œ[The article] reads
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rority hazing,â€? bringing up women on stage to convince them to â€œlet go of their evil birth control ways.â€?Â â€œThe world we lived in changed drastically on Nov. 9,â€? says Goldberg. â€œComedy is a really interesting tool to get people to think, while laughing. If you just hit people over the head with sad, horrible news, eventually they donâ€™t want to hear it anymore.â€?Â That certainly rings true for anyone equal parts fatigued and disturbed by what they find in their daily social media feeds.Â At Fridayâ€™s show, the Breitbart piece will be interspersed with lighter acts, like their version of â€œThe 12 Days of Christmasâ€? about absurd Amazon or Etsy gifts â€œmy true love [sent] to me.â€? Theyâ€™ll perform online reviews of the items, like a gallon of whole milk for sale on Amazon someone wrote a parody review of that â€œsounds like Blanche DuBois talking about family bringing home the milk,â€? says Jamula. Another gem will be an Amazon review of a UFO detector â€” in the voice of a trash-talking alien. At the showâ€™s close, theyâ€™ll include a call to action for the audience to donate to the likes of Planned Parenthood and ACLU.
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