NOW What episode 30: What virtual Pride means to Queer Toronto comics

Maggie Cassella, Brandon Ash-Mohammed and Martha Chaves talk making a comedy gala without an audience and how they're celebrating Pride

It’s Pride this weekend, and – like everything else – things are very different this year. Parades are cancelled, public gatherings are limited and social distancing means hugging and air-kissing are right out. But the events haven’t ended they’ve just moved online.

For Maggie Cassella, who’s been producing the We’re Funny That Way queer comedy gala since the 90s, the pandemic meant having to completely reinvent her model for 2020. Tonight (Friday June 26), you’ll see how when the We’re Funny That Way Virtual Comedy Special drops at 8 pm on CBC Gem. 

In this episode, I’m joined by Maggie and two of her featured comics, Brandon Ash-Mohammed and Martha Chaves, to discuss the challenges of making a comedy special without an audience – or a crew, really – and what they’ve discovered about themselves as they figure out the whole virtual comedy thing.

NOW What is a twice-weekly podcast that explores the ways Torontonians are coping with life in the time of coronavirus. New episodes of NOW What will be released every Tuesday and Friday. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, listen on Spotify or just play it below. And remember, we’re all in this together.


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