CAMP Bonfire Series 2021

Gather ’round the virtual bonfire for the thrilling culmination of our brand-new CAMP residency program. Eight comedians/comedy teams have been workshopping brand new made-for-digital shows at Ars Nova over the past 6 months and we can’t wait to share what they’ve been up to. 

 

THE LINEUP

Playing With Myself

Originally Premiered: Monday, June 28, 2021
Run Time: 56 Minutes

Created & Performed by JOEL PEREZ

Step into the mind of Joel Perez as he loops his way through songs and stories about growing up as a queer Puerto Rican ex-Pentecostal. Watch as he humorously inspects the many dumb layers of the human experience. Part cabaret, part stand-up, part storytelling, fully STUPID.

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Ugh, I’m Going Viral (Again!):
Presented by Viacom Media, JP Morgan Chase, and RYAN MURPHY!

Originally Premiered: Monday, June 28, 2021
Run Time: 43 Minutes

Created & Performed by GUS LAUGHLIN

In a vibrant collage of viral online videos — #femmeboy TikToks, tearful coming out YouTube videos, targeted gay Instagram Ads and more! — this “Gen Z fever dream” dives DEEP into how queer people perform their identities online and how digital media sells queerness. We’re finally asking the question: is the Charmin Bear gay? (Answer: Probably, girl!)

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Ten Days Next to a Cheesecake Factory

Originally Premiered: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Run Time: 71 Minutes

Written by ELEANOR PHILIPS & JESSIE CANNIZZARO
Directed by JESSIE CANNIZZARO
Performed by ELEANOR PHILIPS

A darkly comic BedTalk and investigation of Eleanor’s time in a psychiatric ward, how she wound up there, what it was like and whether or not the whole system should be burned to the ground. Fair warning: things get dark — but hopefully still funny. Please note, this show does include jokes about suicide.

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TRANS MOSES!

Originally Premiered: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Run Time: 39 Minutes

Created & Performed CHRISTIAN LUU (They/She)

Christian Luu is TRANS MOSES! You’re invited to this comedic sketch exploration into the perspective of living while trans. And Asian. And fat. And having a lot of inherent star quality, if we’re being honest here.

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To All My Supporters

Originally Premiered: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Run Time: 60 Minutes

Written & Performed by MARINA & NICCO
(MARINA TEMPELSMAN, NICCOLO AEED

A shocking scandal occurs in a small town mayoral race. Two campaign advisors scramble to prep the talking points for their candidate’s interview to explain his actions. But… what should he say? Is he apologizing? Is he resigning? How much can your candidate suck before you think “F*** it, man, game’s over”? It’s a clash of principles and politics in this short, comedic play.

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Kuhoo’s Cloud

Originally Premiered: Wednesday, June 30, 2021
Run Time: 34 Minutes

Created, Directed & Performed by KUHOO VERMA

We stumble into Kuhoo’s computer storage and get a peek into self-tapes, self-reflection and self-preservation.

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Madre Mía // Minha Mãe

Originally Premiered: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Run Time: 51 Minutes

Created, Written & Performed by MAKASHA COPELAND, CHASE DOGGETT & GABRIELLE SILVA

Three Latinx prepubescents sit in a waiting room and need to kill time while their moms are in another cult meeting — thank God they have television! Channel surf away from reality in this earnest, televisual fantasia.

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How Does That Make You Feel

Originally Premiered: Thursday, July 1, 2021
Run Time: 57 Minutes

Written & Performed by ELY KREIMENDAHL

In this darkly comic and irreverently silly solo show, Ely Kreimendahl explores the intersection of queer motherhood, pregnancy, sobriety, identity and navigating being both a comedian and a psychotherapist. With storytelling, stand up, sketches and songs, the question remains: how does that make you feel?

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Accessibility Information

The above shows include live captioning. 

 

 

 

WHERE DOES IT ALL GO DOWN?

The CAMP Bonfire Series is all virtual. All eight shows will premiere on Ars Nova Supra, our new digital platform, which is the home to most of our 2020/21 season offerings! Tune in weekly for premieres created specifically for streaming and priced at just $5-$10 each — or available live and on-demand with a $15/month, cancel-anytime subscription. LEARN MORE.

ABOUT CAMP

Debuting in 2020/21, CAMP deepens Ars Nova’s commitment to early career comedy artists at a time when their support systems in NYC have decreased. LEARN MORE HERE.