It’s easy to say that we’re in unprecedented times with the Coronavirus pandemic. As the illness continues to keep us all in our houses and ducking for cover, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the economic fallout of this will wreck havoc on many aspects of the world economy. What’s been at the top of our minds daily is the toll it’s taking on the comedy community. Virtually overnight across the board the livelihood of comedians and comedy clubs across the nation was wiped out. Comics are losing untold amounts of $$ and there’s no timeline as to when that revenue stream will come back on.
Last night, a comedic roundtable livestream was held by comedians at NY’s Comedy Cellar. Organized by Cellar owner Noam Dworman and moderated by Robert Kelly (live from The Laugh Button / Comedy Cellar Studios), the duo were joined by Chris DiStefano, Rich Vos, and Ari Shaffir for a conversation that lasted about a half hour. The group discusses everything from how they’re personally doing, how they feel their industry will be effected, what those longterm effects could be, some of the politics behind it all, and of course, plenty of ribbing. It was like a virtual look at what happens every night at the Comedy Cellar’s infamous table.
The goal was to entertain and be honest about everyone’s current situation. They wrapped the session by stating plans to do this roundtable nightly allowing Cellar fans to check in with the comics daily until everything goes back to normal.