A BELFAST comedian stands up to the Covid-19 lock by turning his backyard into a comic location.
ittorio Angelone, who lived in London before returning home when the pandemic broke out, created the socially distant space in his south Belfast home.
It’s already a huge hit, with fans flocking to see their first personal comedy show since March.
His garden location, called the Socially Distant Social Club, is decorated with multicolored lights and tea candles and has a homemade stage made of pallets.
“Before the closing, I performed six nights a week in London – it was constant,” Vittorio told Sunday Life.
“But during the quarantine I went without intervention for 123 days.
“I thought, ‘If this takes much longer, I can’t go onstage anymore.’
“I just wanted to create a space for comedians, musicians and listeners to feel safe on a night out while maintaining social distance.
“In the darkest times throughout history, the comedy has survived and even thrived.
“It can turn the dark things into something positive – and few things can.”
Well-known local comedian Micky Bartlett, the headliner of the most recent show, was eager to participate.
“I just wanted to get back on stage,” he said.
“I’ve been doing stand-up comedy for about 12 years now, so it’s all I’ve done in my adult life. It’s like my addiction. ”
The public, limited to just 30 people in accordance with the coronavirus guidelines, wanted to see Micky as much as he would see them.
One person told this newspaper, “I loved that the show was in a garden – it was so much fun and intimate.”
Unfortunately, live indoor comedy could become something new in the near future.
Nearly half (49.2%) of comedy clubs in the UK say they will be closed entirely without funding or support.
The government has announced a £ 1.5 billion fund to help the struggling art sector, but comedy is not covered in any form.
Vittorio said stand-up was out of the question because, with high ticket prices and low overheads, it was considered more lucrative than, say, art exhibitions.
“It is absolutely ridiculous,” he added. “Of course Kevin Bridges and Micky Flanagan can sell out arenas, but just because Les Miserables sells nine shows a week doesn’t mean basic theater doesn’t need financing.
“You can say the same about comedy.”
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