B-Roll Reviews: Bloodshot

BY // GRAHAM STEINBERG

After a massive Michael Bay-style montage of military vehicles and helicopters, Vin Diesel lands on an Italian beach with his squad. He leads the group like they’ve just come out of high school football practice while his girlfriend (whose face we don’t fully see until Toby Kebbell puts a bolt pistol through it) waits for him. An aviator-wearing Diesel turns back and says “That’s what we’re fighting for boys!” as all his friends grunt nonsensically in response.

They then drive up the Amalfi Coast for some reason and make love in a hotel. That evening, his shirtless girlfriend (whose face we still don’t see) says “I don’t like the stories your scars tell” to which Diesel responds “the story they tell is that I come home.” More lovemaking.

The next morning Diesel wakes up and is pretty quickly subdued and kidnapped. Every shot is a closeup and I’m beginning to feel nauseous.

Toby Kebbell dances in a down puffer coat while surrounded by large hocks of curing prosciutto. The song Psycho Killer plays on the radio in case it wasn’t obvious enough already that he is, in fact, a psycho killer.

Vin, of course, asks: “who are you?”

Toby (who really isn’t making the comeback he hoped for after Fantastic Four) says “I’m the guy who ruined your vacation. My name is Martin X.” And then I shut it off. It had been ten minutes.

Cooking, Cocktails, and COVID-19

WRGW’s Olivia Osborne and Arthur Pescan take on isolation in D.C. the only way they can…

BY // ARTHUR PESCAN

Ah, time enough at last. I’m revisiting the iconic Twilight Zone episode a lot lately. Henry Bemis – the nebbish bibliophile who finds himself alone in a changed world, his only company all the books he could ever need – is a fitting figure for these strange days of social distancing.

Outside, the streets aren’t completely empty, but surreal and quiet. Foggy Bottom is a ghost town, and my apartment a block from the hospital means hearing the sirens every fifteen minutes. Trader Joe’s is an hour online to get in, pacing in marked six-foot squares. Baseball’s Opening Day postponed indefinitely. Cough in public and god save you.

Take a page from Henry Bemis and find the silver lining – despite all the anxiety, craziness, and boredom, maybe there is time enough at last. Perhaps it’s a delusion, but at least it’s a comforting one, numbing acceptance that things are as they are, making it easier to pass the days. Besides, be thankful if boredom is all you have to worry about. For myself, it’s finding time to cross things off the list – a book I’ve meant to read, an album I’ve been dying to listen to, a recipe I’ve needed to try.

This past week, it was Graham Greene’s The Quiet American. A dear friend lent it to me, and I couldn’t put it down. This column is not a book review, but if 1950s Saigon, doomed love triangles, tortured psyches, and the failures of twentieth-century foreign policy pique your interest, I highly recommend it.

Importantly, the book brought a new cocktail to my radar: the Vermouth Cassis. I’m hard-pressed to think of another work in which a drink held such importance to the atmosphere – naturally I had to find out more.

Turns out, the Vermouth Cassis was a classic cocktail for decades before the Martini craze burned through, the drink is a staple of Parisian cafes, then New York bars, in the 1920s and ’30s. Simple to make, refreshing as hell, it spread throughout the French world. My mother, born in 50’s-era Saigon, remembers seeing it everywhere around her home city, and now all throughout Little Saigon.

Time enough at last. It applies to cocktails as well.

It’s tough to find any quality liquor – not to mention vermouth and crème de cassis – at a decent price around Foggy Bottom, and I’ve grown too old and jaded for McReynolds and West End. No, this alcoholic adventure entailed a trip uptown to Calvert Woodley, a gem in Van Ness. It’s one of those old-school fixtures straight from 1971 – a liquor shop, wine importer, and corner delicatessen all combined into one. It shouldn’t still exist but thank god it does. $1000 vintage an aisle away from a Yuengling rack. Classy, not fussy. The biggest benefit of shopping here though? They make so much off wine, good liquor is dirt cheap. Paradise indeed.

Of course, paradise had rightfully moved online, orders via click and more of those six-foot squares at curbside pickup. I don’t think I’ll ever fully adjust to shopping under social distancing. Sign me up for any measure to stop the spread while supporting local businesses – there’s still a ridiculous beauty in lining up for a booze ration in a brown bag. Life finds a way to keep going.

Henry Bemis’s spectacles shattered his dream of having time enough at last – here’s hoping the same doesn’t happen with my cocktail glass.

Till next Sunday, cheers.


Vermouth Cassis

Ingredients:

3 parts Blanc (Bianco) Vermouth

1 part Crème de Cassis

Tonic Water

Coupe Glass

 

Steps:

1.) Combine vermouth and crème de cassis in a shaker over ice; stir till thoroughly chilled.

2.) Strain into a chilled coupe glass; top with tonic water to taste.

 

Notes:

  • This is obviously a pretentious version of the cocktail; feel free to make in a Collins glass highball-style over ice.

  • The original recipe switches the blanc vermouth and tonic water for dry vermouth and club soda; the blanc vermouth is brighter and lighter, and the tonic adds more crispness – both perfect for sunny spring days.

  • Obviously, higher quality liquor makes any drink better. But let’s be honest, you’re getting a buzz on a budget. You DO NOT want to skimp on the mixer though. A high-quality tonic will boost this cocktail to the next level – elderflower tonic works wonders.

  • Too sweet? Add more vermouth. Too dry – more crème de cassis. Play around with it.

  • To garnish or not to garnish? So many cocktail enthusiasts (read: alcoholics in denial) gatekeep and demand that a cocktail needs a garnish. Who cares? If you’re feeling it, throw in a lemon slice, a sprig of mint, or some blackberries. Otherwise, just sit back and sip away.

Max’s Quarantine Recs

BY // MAX GREENHALGH

Want to be a good citizen and practice social distancing (hint: you should be doing that by now!)? It can be pretty boring being cooped up inside all day. But with all this free time, you can watch some stuff that you might have missed during your busy normal lives when commitments to friends and loved ones took up much of your time. Lucky for you, I don’t have any friends, so I’ve had time to see some of the media you’ve missed. Here are a few things that I recommend checking out on Netflix to help the hours fly by faster:

Good Time – I’ve been talking about this movie for the last month or so, and I’m sure anyone who has been unfortunate enough to encounter me in real life is already tired of me gushing about it. This film is directed by the Safdie brothers, who also directed Oscar snubbed Uncut Gems this past year. If you’ve seen Uncut Gems, you should expect similar things here: lots of close up shots, frantic dialogue, and moments that make you groan “what are you DOING?” while still rooting for the main character whose seemingly endless faults become more and more apparent over the course of the film. Robert Pattinson gives an incredible performance as protagonist Connie, and pulls viewers into an anxiety-inducing ride. This film really excels in its ability to make characters doing awful things feel authentic. I’ll leave the specifics alone, as they need to be experienced without spoiling to be fully appreciated.

The Umbrella Academy – I originally watched this series right when it came out, and thought about it for an unusual amount of time. This one will stick with you, and I can’t wait for the next season. If you are tired of superhero media, but love it at the same time, this is one’s for you. While there are certainly superpowers and big action scenes to be found here, The Umbrella Academy is at its best when it considers the effects of superpowers on an average person, and mixes that all up with a twisted family dynamic and a ticking time bomb until the world ends. Ellen Page stands out as having an incredible performance, even if she just seems like she is playing Ellen Page. And the soundtrack is so catchy you’ll be humming these tunes during your multiple frantic visits to depleted grocery stores to pick up microwavable meals.

James Acaster: Repertoire – In the stand-up comedy realm, James Acaster’s incredible series of sets is not discussed enough. Is it because he’s English? That doesn’t make any sense, everyone loves English accents! Whatever the reason, I’ve heard no in-person hype surrounding Acaster’s work, which is a shame, because he’s accomplished something spectacular with Repertoire. His use of callbacks, color, audience manipulation, and a sense of humor that will likely throw you off a bit before you fully buy-in, come together to create a remarkable show split into four 50-ish minute chunks. If you like this, then congratulations! You’ve won an all-expenses paid trip down a James Acaster YouTube rabbit hole, from highlights of his appearances on British television to surprising guest spots on music channels, such as theneedledrop and Dead End Hip Hop.

 

B-Roll Reviews: Parasite

BY // GRAHAM STEINBERG

Near the end of the film Ki-woo hysterically laughs after his own near-death experience. It is emblematic of Parasite’s capabilities of seamlessly blending comedy with tragedy. Like all of Bong Joon-ho’s films, it’s a story of the disparities between rich and poor. About how people try to rise out of the claustrophobic squalor (as depicted in the film’s many basements) and aspire for something greater. It’s not being selfish, it’s being able to survive.

His films combined tell a greater narrative of class struggle and are always topped with a completely unexpected twist of fate ending on par with the greatest works of Shakespeare. But Parasite pushes this one step further. It is a story so distraughtly absurd you cannot look away but also one deeply rooted in the way our world looks down on those beneath their feet.

It is the story of Mr. Kim’s smell. That festering stink we cannot scrub off of ourselves because you cannot wash off what the world has placed over you. It is the story of how we all have a plan for success but it rarely goes the way we anticipate. With Parasite, Bong Joon-ho earns his place as a mastermind of cinema and a foreseer of the wrought inequality that divides our world.

Class Council Drag Show Review

BY // BROOKS RUPAR

Queer people have constantly found strength through community. At GW, a surprisingly robust queer community can be found at a school that can seem mostly heterosexual to an outside onlooker. Drag Shows have historically been a focal point in community-building, and a lively drag show often means that there is a thriving queer community in the area.

The Class Council Drag Show, hosted on the night of November 16th in association with the Trans and Nonbinary Students of GWU, was one such lively show. The show offered acts from 6 members of the GWU community who volunteered to dress up for a cause. All of the tips earned that night went to Casa Ruby, which is the only Multilingual LGBTQ+ organization in DC that provides a wealth of essential resources for at-risk LGBTQ+ peoples.

The show started off with Blood King (found on Instagram @perksofbeing_charlie). Blood King has a history of performance in and out of the context of drag. They elaborated that, “I used to work in a haunted house, so my drag is an extension of that.” Fake blood and dark piercing eyeshadow marked their horrorshow performance, which leaves them with “a confidence boost I can carry into my everyday life.”

Next on stage was Andy Rogyny (found on Instagram @andy.rogyny). Self-titled “drag clown”, Mx. Rogyny serves up a colorful blast of nonbinary electricity. Their inspirations are varied, explaining that, “my outfits are most inspired by Dorian Electra (acclaimed nonbinary musician) and X (a fellow GWU student who has been in the drag community for almost two years now), and my makeup is most inspired by Sasha Velour and Trixie Mattel (two queens hailing from RuPaul’s Drag Race)”. They have found immense support within GWU’s queer community, lovingly saying that “X has been like a sister to me in this process”. Although this was only Andy Rogyny’s second performance, they still came out onto the stage with the confidence of someone who has been doing this for years.

Apriori Girl (found on Instagram @apriori.gurl), one of the organizers of the event, was the third performance. Their drag “is a repudiation of hyper-feminized expression and policed expression”, drawing from their experience as a trans person at GWU. “We’re [trans people] really the originators of drag”. Halfway through their performance, Apriori Girl swiftly ripped off their dress and broke out into the climax of their performance to the roar of applause. Drag offers an outlet for queer and trans people to do the most, in front of a captive audience who is ecstatic to be there.

This was followed by an audience participation game, where members of the audience were called on to perform to Britney Spears’ Toxic. Then came Panoptica (found on Instagram @timbiondo) to absolve the audience of their sins. Panoptica was a creature of habit, coming out as a nun who also works at Ulta for some extra cash. She gave us one of the first more downtempo performances, marked by shedding her habits halfway through and exposing what a nun really looks like behind the scenes.

The show finished with the two most classically trained drag performers, X (found on Instagram @manifest.x) and Crystal (found on Instagram @crystaledge). X is characterized by high-art and abstract expression, performing in a Pollock inspired dress to Bjork’s cult classic “It’s Oh So Quiet”. Bursting out to the blare of trumpets, butcher-knife in hand, X serves manic sprite madness. Whereas Crystal is at the other end of the spectrum, wearing an exposing leotard with windblown and hairspray-laden hair with a classic drag beat. Crystal is the oldest and most experienced of all the performers and her ability to entertain and invoke the crowd is very apparent. Doing a more lighthearted and encouraging performance she yelled at her audience that “I don’t see no 2 or 3, all I see is 1 baby”. Crystal’s performance was the height of positivity and self-love, something that the queer community can do better than almost any other.

At the end of the day, Class Council and the Trans and Nonbinary Students of GWU raised almost $350 for Casa Ruby, and displayed their queer identity to a packed auditorium. The show was a massive success, and Apriori Girl left me with a closing remark that, “we are definitely going to do this again.”

B-Roll Reviews: Queen & Slim

BY// GRAHAM STEINBERG

A tight narrative willing to smash apart some huge storytelling traditions featuring breakout

performances from Daniel Kaluuya, Bokeem Woodbine (who I’ve been saying needs more feature roles since Fargo), and first time lead Jodie Turner Smith.

Beyond the powerful message on police brutality and the extremes that the Black community has to endure to escape it, Queen & Slim is about a very universal message of what we leave behind. Do we exist to succeed, achieve martyrdom or live for simple pleasures? It is a question that the film repeatedly asks itself but often wavers in answering.

You’ll be surprised to realize that this well polished and dazzling film comes from first-time feature writer Lena Waithe and debut director Melina Matsoukas. The latter’s background in music videos is evident throughout the film where the fantastic diegetic soundtrack is the driving force of the plot. While I felt that the pacing was a bit cut and dry at times it was absolutely stunning to look at.

At times the film had trouble finding its footing, wavering between expressing a political message and the drama needed to make it work as a thriller. This left it feeling melodramatic at times and featuring some gratuitous scenes that should have been left out in the editing room.

But what I really loved about this film was how fearless it was in breaking traditions. Rather than establishing back story in its first act, it jumps right into the action and rather than giving you a satisfying conclusion it leaves the legacy of these characters ambiguous. Again, this film is about our legacy; how we are reborn through our actions whether they are political, spiritual or just from the simple nature of our existence. It asks if our actions make us immortal or if that responsibility is for those we leave behind.

John Poveromo and Joanne Filan Comedy Loft Review

BY// MAX GREENHALGH

The DC Comedy Loft’s November 9th show with Joanne Filan and John Poveromo was a mixed bag, and a bit of a strange show. This is well emphasized by the fact that the show in the Loft was held on their cellar stage, symbolizing the upside-down evening to come. The gathering was fairly intimate, which aided a general feeling of closeness to the comics on stage. Both Filan and Poveromo rely on crowd work to keep their sets moving, and while the smaller size of the venue made for a unique, intimate feeling, the lighting worked against these comics. Almost all of the lights in the cellar were shut off before the show began, leaving only the first couple of tables to be easily seen by the comics onstage. There were multiple occasions where audience members in the back raised their hands to participate, but could not be seen by those onstage. This led to a roadblock on conversations that could be had.

Filan hit another rather large roadblock about halfway through her routine, which was on a roll to begin. However, when she asked the audience if they owned any dogs, one of the few visible patrons instantly burst into tears. Filan clearly felt bad for upsetting the young woman, and this threw her off her game for the rest of her set. Unlike Poveromo, it seemed that she had almost no solitary, traditional standup material that could be relied upon without audience participation.

Poveromo, on the other hand, was a hit end to end. His performance was the majority of the show, and there was hardly a dull moment. From an early Harvey Weinstein joke onward to trashing his parents’ generation, laughs came early and often. As I discussed last week, Poveromo speaks quickly and doesn’t slow down for those who can’t keep up, which can lead to a few seconds of processing before a laugh for some. However, that wait was most often followed by a laugh. Sometimes, when comedians speak quickly, it feels like they don’t care about their audience. However, something about Poveromo’s pace feels like you are simply being gently ribbed by a friend, instead of being left in the dust just for the sake of sounding smart.

This night at the Comedy Loft was well worth the time, and while there were some minor distractions from the laughs, Filan and Poveromo still generated plenty of them.

Scott Sklar Interview

BY // JULIA RUSSO

Scott Sklar is a sustainable energy professor at the George Washington University that not only teaches his students about renewable energy and critical infrastructure, but has also implemented all of these technologies in his own life.

Sklar began his career in energy, when he was working in the 1970s in the US Senate and was a military aid to Senator Javitson. After the oil embargo in 1974, when 3% was withheld by the cartel in the Middle East, Americans had to deal with long gasoline lines and dramatically increasing prices.

In order to combat this issue, Javitson called in Sklar to become his energy advisor despite Sklar mentioning to me that he “knew nothing about energy”. However, Sklar began learning quickly and created a bi-partisan solar caucus on Capitol Hill that promotes renewable energy and energy efficiency.

After nine years working with the Senate, Sklar decided to work for a small national laboratory called the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) and worked on international, renewable energy projects.

Working for the NCAT “started moving [Sklar’s] thinking” and around this time President Reagan came into office and began trying “to take solar off the White House”.This resulted in Sklar being recruited by the big nine environmental groups at the time and they created an organization called the Solar Lobby, which he “lobbied as an advocate for the environmental and clean energy community for two years”.At this same time the solar industry set up a trade group where he served as the political director for a year and then the executive director for the following 14 years.

His next career pivot involved creating his own company known as The Stella Group. The company “blends all these clean energy technologies, high value energy efficiency, all renewables, energy storage, for commercial industrial institutional infrastructure.” Sklar works with a lot of “third world countries, military bases, and industrial parks.”

Sklar realized he “ didn’t want to be viewed that I was just telling people what to do and I didn’t do it myself.” So he began implementing the technologies he used at work, in his house and office.

Currently, his house and office are powered by multiple different renewable energy technologies- including solar water heating, solar electric roofing shingles, wind turbines, a hydrogen fuel cell battery, solar daylight tubes, and a geothermal heat pump.

“And it’s actually very powerful when you are sitting with a company and say ‘well, I have used this technology in my office building or my home and this is what I like about it.’ And I am honest and say this is also what I don’t like about it. And they really respect that. And it’s a good feeling…I do at least one tour a week, if not two. And most of them are engineers and architects and professors’ students, government officials from around the world coming through because how do we expect people to change how they use technology if they have never seen the technologies you changed to,” Sklar said.

By looking at Sklar’s property, one may be overwhelmed or intimidated by all of the technology. They may begin asking themselves – “I can’t afford to install of this! I would never know how to work any of this technology!” However, Sklar’s intention is not to discourage people from switching to renewable energy since they think they can’t perfectly replicate his renewable energy system, rather he notes that all of the changes he made towards moving off-the-grid came slowly and that it is truly accessible to everyone.

“The whole point is that I want people to see this as not a big leap, you know we use new technology all the time. We keep doing it, from smart thermostats you can control with an app on your smartphone, and LED lights with your app on your cell phone, what’s the real difference except this stuff saves a lot of energy and why wouldn’t you want to do that. It saves money,” Sklar said.

Sklar even mentioned that for people who are unable to make personal changes they should look into joining a solar buyer co-op. He mentioned that it is a great opportunity for cities to offer as it combats the issue of people being unmotivated or lacking the time to make switches to renewable energy source.

Additionally, Sklar’s property has provided country officials with examples of technology they can realistically implement. For example, Sklar gave the former environmental administrator of Mexico a tour of his house and office buildings, and the administrator told Sklar a story that perfectly encapsulated the accessibility of his set-up.

The administrator said to Sklar, “a year before I was in California doing a tour and I toured this movie stars $20 million home and their $8 million solar system and I said you know it was very impressive but it had no impact to my country and here I am with you in an average suburban house and using technology that is absolutely in the marketplace and it’s cost effective and reliable and it has an immense impact on me.”

Hearing this story reminded me of the common argument that transitioning the world to renewable energy will disadvantage the poor; however, after discussing this with Sklar it seems that renewable energy sources are actually safer, cleaner, and cheaper.

“There are 7.4 billion people on the planet and 1.6 billion have no electricity. 1.8 billion people have electricity less than 10 hours a day, usually at night when they need it the most. So a good half of the world is getting their lighting from kerosene. Then they charge there cell phones by spending 20 minutes twice a week per phone in front of a diesel engine to charge up their phone, that’s how they survive,” Sklar said.

In order to combat this issue, Sklar is worth lots of different companies around the world to create a system that includes a Solar PV, battery, and LED light bulbs. The solar panels are made out of aluminum and they can hang on hooks on the south side of a hut, which allows people to bring them in at night so it isn’t stolen. It is capable of powering 8 AA rechargeable batteries and 4 LED lights. People are able to lease purchase it over 18 months and they pay 30% less a month than kerosene.

Sklar then began talking about his hopes for the University in terms of energy sourcing; although he is proud that the University has “a sustainability plan, solar at the Virginia campus, solar water heating at the Washington DC campus” he would like the transition to renewable energy sources to go a little further.

“I would like to see something on every damn building. I’d like to see it on the infrastructure on all the campuses, Foxhall, out in Virginia, and in DC. Everything from running street lights, to the park and quad lights, solar lighting and little wind turbines. That way we don’t have to use diesel engines, which are very expensive and polluting. So we need to start slowly integrating these technologies in the day to day fabric of the university,” Sklar said.

Moving forward, Sklar suggests that “we can not expect big business, that has trillions of dollars tied up in fossil fuels, say we do not want to make money [and thus support the transition to renewable energy] I mean they are greedy, they finance the political system, they are one of the richest industries in the world so the actions by students around the world and scientists are extremely important to motivate people. I actually have a lot of faith that people when giving the information will make the right decision.”

He mentioned that a common suggestion to reduce one’s footprint is to stop flying on planes; however, Sklar note that that “there is business to be done and family emergencies to be done” so when people are not able to do this they feel helpless. But Sklar suggested that we look at the big picture. Planes contribute to 6% of our emissions; however, energy generation contributes to 35% which is easily combatted by switching to renewable energy generation.

“Focus on the things that really matter, that institutions and regulatory systems can handle, and stop badgering individuals that are trying to raise families and work and go to school and a lot of poor people that can’t make decisions. And look at the big picture and make that happen and once you do the four or five of the big things the rest of it sort of happens on its own,” Sklar said.

After speaking with Sklar, I realized the impact that one person’s actions can have on the larger global community. Sklar serves as a source of information as well as inspiration for me. I think by learning from his actions, the GW community could learn how to better engage with sustainability technology on campus and how to make changes in their personal lives to reduce their impact on the environment.

The Wonderful World of Dissocia Review

BY // EMILY VENEZKY

You don’t venture out to the Mount Vernon blackbox, hidden deep inside West Hall, for just any production, but I’d call The Wonderful World of Dissocia a unique experience that even a jumpy ride on the Vex is worth.

The play takes you through the confused mind of a woman having a dissociative episode and then shows you where she really is, in a psychiatric hospital. Despite the dark implications of mental illness, this play creates a bright and colorful world to represent something that our society tends to disregard as taboo and scary. In The Wonderful World of Dissocia, Lisa’s never-named mental illness is not something that’s always scary, sometimes it’s wacky, funny, insecure, and manifests itself as a sweet polar bear singing about death. It’s approach to mental illness is original and theatrical, but it still grounds you in the reality of the pain that rests behind it.

The 14th Grade Players make a wonderful rendition of this play. The costumes and the set were versatile, allowing for very obvious changes in mood with only the slightest effort. The actors in the ensemble played many wacky characters and did an amazing job changing their whole demeanor for every scene. Kate Sory especially did an amazing job going from the cuddly Polar Bear to the wise and incomprehensible Biffer, lending both comedy and softness to each character. Playing the nasty goat, Ignacio Rivera Munoz had the audience in the palm of his hand, with laughter pouring out of us even when he made the slightest silly movement. And of course, Maria Ferrugato, playing Lisa, lent a human element to the craziness by making the audience empathize with her struggle as they followed her journey through Dissocia.

Don’t miss out on the last few showings of The Wonderful World of Dissocia! They have two more shows tonight, one at 7 pm and another at 10 pm. The link to their Facebook is here.

John Poveromo at the DC Comedy Loft

BY // MAX GREENHALGH

If I had met John Poveromo outside of an interview, I think I still might have been able to guess that he was a comedian. When discussing his life and act, his mouth was working at break-neck speeds, yet he didn’t blend his words together at all. He moved from a tidbit of information to an anecdote and back again seamlessly, and speaks like an old friend from high school that is excited to catch up with you. He weaves “know what I mean”s and “you know”s into conversation in ways that feel less like breaks that give him a second to think and more like he is actually trying to make sure anyone listening is up to speed. This makes even more sense when you understand his comedy style. “Most comedy is visual,” he explained. “You’re trying to paint a picture and put it inside the audience’s head so they can see what you’re saying.”

Poveromo was once a freshman English major at college, but after a summer of dipping his toes into stand-up, he made a decision. “I’d rather put my time and energy into something that I really liked doing.” He later added that cartooning was his backup in case comedy didn’t work out, joking that others would think ‘oh, ok, you’re going to be poor.’

Poveromo is clearly following his heart, and it has worked out pretty well for him. In addition to doing a lot of shows, his book Drawings From a Nobody was published in 2017, and his cartoons have been displayed at the Woodbridge Art Gallery.

He will be performing alongside Joanne Filan at the DC Comedy Loft this Saturday and Sunday night, and if you are interested in laughing this weekend, you can find tickets here.