It was only a matter of time, wasn’t it?
After a month of self-quarantining by comedians nationwide, stand-up Ted Alexandro has emerged as perhaps the first to put out a special from it. Alexandro edited together footage from his daily #TeddyGrams on Instagram Live into the 48-minute special, Stay At Home Comedian.
He released it free this afternoon on YouTube, IG TV and Facebook Watch.
Alexandro explains, jokingly at first: “Like most comedians, I’ve been stockpiling pandemic material for years in anticipation of an outbreak such as the one we’re currently experiencing. I knew if I timed it just right, I could release a comedy special and capitalize on the misery of others, as is the American way. Actually, when the coronavirus hit I felt anxious and uncertain. Like many in our freelance/gig economy, I was suddenly without work or income for the foreseeable future. So I started doing nightly livestreams on instagram, TeddyGrams, talking about the pandemic and what I was experiencing, day to day.”
“To my surprise, I found myself performing to a global audience while quarantined in my Queens apartment. People from all over the world were watching, commenting and interacting, and there was something comforting about that. I decided to put together the best moments from my livestreams and make a comedy special, Stay at Home Comedian. Stay at Home Comedian is free on social media, since that’s where it was birthed. I’d rather not take a chunk out of the $1200 checks people are receiving in the mail. However, I would like to request that if you are able and inclined, you may make a donation to Covid Bail Out NYC. They are raising money to get people out of jail who cannot afford bail and haven’t been convicted of anything. The court system is shut down so if you can’t afford bail you’re stuck and COVID-19 is spreading in NYC jails faster than anywhere in the world. I hope you stay at home and enjoy Stay at Home Comedian.”