The roar of laughter and the thrill of a raucous applause break are two of the sounds that fuel comedians to keep baring their souls on the stand-up stage, so what happens when top comedians perform in a completely empty theater? That's exactly what Ian Abramson intends to find out with the second season of his hit web series, “7 Minutes in Purgatory,” which is now available for streaming on CC.com.
Among the season's talented guests is the always hilarious, Maria Bamford. Performing in an empty space is tough and Bamford dealt with the awkward situation by inventing her own audience. “Thank you all for coming,” she said with a shaky voice at the top of the clip. “I don't know any of you personally, perhaps I should take a second to sort of get to know the audience a little bit. Bamford goes on to chat with several imaginary audience members including “Madison” and her shy friend. Later, she deals with some motherly heckling, plays a round of full-body peekaboo and examines the miracle of relationships.
Caitlin Gill, Bobcat Goldthwait, Michelle Buteau and Jon Dore are among the other comedians who also perform in front of no one in the second season of “7 Minutes in Purgatory.” It wouldn't be fair for Abramson to hang out on the roof with the live audience, who is watching a video feed of the comedians on stage in the empty room, so, of course, he also takes a turn in purgatory. Physical comedy is at the center of his lonely act.
Bamford has had an amazing 2016. She has been touring regularly – appearing at such notable festivals as Riot LA, SF Sketchfest and Moontower Comedy Festival – and her highly acclaimed Netflix series, “Lady Dynamite,” premiered back in May. She was also honored with the Just For Laughs award for Breakout Comedy Star of the Year. Her touring schedule has slowed down a bit, but she will be performing at the Balboa Theatre in San Diego on Jan. 14.
The first season of “7 Minutes in Purgatory” premiered on Comedy Central's website back in July. Aparna Nancherla, Roy Wood Jr., and Dave Hill are among the comedians who performed in a soundproof room during season one.
Check out Maria Bamford performing in an empty theater on “7 Minutes in Purgatory” above and click here to pick-up tickets to see her perform live in San Diego this January. Keep reading AXS for more comedy news, reviews and tour announcements.
Maria Bamford Tour Dates
Jan. 14 Balboa Theatre – San Diego, CA