Only? Please! Not by a longshot – they’re just the latest batch of CHS comics who have gone to pursue comedy in bigger cities. I, very generously, provided you with a few recent examples – you do know it’s not the job of the reader to do your homework for you, right? Believe it or not, a few emails or 5-minute phone calls to QUALITY leads, not friends of friends, in Charleston’s comedy community could have added some fullness to this incredibly lacking piece. Forgive me for asking you to do the bare minimum.
What’s truly mind blowing is that in 2013, a writer – a female writer! – can look at her copy and not realize, one, that it is totally white-washed and, two, that it takes women out of the conversation. Even worse, someone on her editorial staff though it was just fine for the cover. So, so sad.
@Erica, that is a total garbage response. You mean to tell me you 1) reached out to the following ladies and 2) not a single one of them gave you a response?
Michelle Davey and Charly Williams - This talented pair of improvisers (both are members of the Theatre 99 Company) moved to Chicago four weeks to ago to pursue comedy in the big city. They have a two-woman fully improvised show that they work-shopped in Charleston and they're roommates!
Tahlia Robinson – This incredibly funny lady honed her improv skills at Theatre 99, before moving to New York City in 2012 to study improv and sketch at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She even performed in the 2013 Del Close Marathon, one of the largest improv festivals in the world.
Sarah Porter – In about two weeks this Friday night favorite at Theatre 99 is hitching up her wagon and setting off for the Windy City. Sarah’s been featured in major stand up showcases around Charleston, included Dusty Slay’s top-rated Homegrown Stand Up Showcase.
Camille Lowman – Founding member of Theatre 99’s Mary Kay Has a Posse, she left Charleston to study at Chicago’s famed Second City and iO (formerly Improv Olympic) theaters. She’s performed in both Chicago and NYC and has more than a few bitingly funny anecdotes to share – just ask her. Or better yet, listen to her on Kevin Allison’s (The State) podcast. Yeah, she’s done that, too.
Cracker jack research job, Erica. Good for you - I'm sure reaching for the middle took a lot of effort!
"Waka waka waka, dearest heart. This story wasn't about comedians in this town. It was about comedians who've moved away who responded to my attempts to contact them."
Erica, did you reach out to any female comics or improvisers? I would be incredibly surprised in any of them turned down a quote for your article.
How long did your editorial staff look at this article before sending it to print? Long enough not to care or realize that you symbolically annihilated an incredibly funny, talented, and driven group of comics and actors? To the writer: I bet it was convenient to write an article where your only sources are friends of friends. What a shining example of lazy reporting. I'm embarrassed for you.
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