Throughout season two of The Imposter, Aliya Pabani has explored the poetics and politics of comedy in her attempt to become a standup comedian. She's considered what makes us laugh and why, explored the implications of Improv's "yes, and" philosophy in a time of #MeToo, and asked whether comedy is worth funding as art. She's also been workshopping her jokes about racism, but the challenge of implicating her audience without losing them has her feeling unsure whether it's possible to make meaningful jokes that are actually funny. Is comedy a tool to placate the masses, or can it be used to cut deep? In this—very Imposter—final live show, Aliya takes to the Second City stage to perform her final stand-up set in this live-podcast-meets-The-Voice mashup featuring comedy and critical feedback from judges Nick Nemeroff & Brandon Ash-Mohammed, and a live score by Johnny Spence. Will Aliya bomb or solve racism with jokes? Find out in this final episode of The Imposter. This episode is sponsored by Hello Fresh and Endy
With less than a month left until her final set on the Second City stage, Aliya realizes that she's not totally sold on standup. So she talks to Sandra Battaglini, a comedian who's petitioning the government to recognize comedy as an art form that's worth funding, and the art duo Life of a Craphead who discuss the evolution of their jokes, from mixing a chemical weapon onstage to dumping a colonial sculpture into the Don River. Sign a petition to get comedy recognized as art Buy tickets to The Imposter Presents: The Last Laugh
Aliya Pabani is the host of The Imposter podcast which is part of Canadaland. She is a talented interviewer that has talked with a ton of great Canadian artists. She has also been featured as a speaker on the celebrated Trampoline Hall lecture series. I've been a guest on her podcast a couple of times now and I really enjoy chatting with her. Enjoy! Follow Aliya @aliyapabani Follow the show @UtopiaToMe Follow Chris @chrislockefun Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
An incident at the bar after improv class makes Aliya question the wisdom of upholding the "yes, and..." mantra at the core of improv, while our culture grapples with issues around consent. Aliya asks professional improvisers Kayla Lorette, Becky Johnson, Alia Rasul and Ann Pornel what they do when other players' unconscious biases take over the scene. Intimacy Director Siobhan Richardson explains how she eliminates the guesswork from onstage love scenes by choreographing them like fight sequences.