Ian Abramson Answers the FAQs About “7 Minutes in Purgatory” Without Hearing the Questions

Standup is a comedian telling jokes, and an audience responding. The comedians knows how they’re doing based on that response.

So what if the comedian had no idea if they were bombing or killing?

On May 17th at 10:30pm at The Upstairs Gallery, I’m teaming up with The Steamroller to present 7 Minutes in Purgatory, where I hope to find out.

The comedians will perform to a camera in one room, and the audience will watch the live feed in another room. The comedian will not know when to pause for laughs, or if they are getting them at all.

I’m sure this raises a few questions for you, but I am not able to hear what those questions are. Regardless, I will try to give the answers to the questions I can’t hear you asking.

Q:

A: Yes. The audience will be sitting comfortably in their seats, and either laughing, or not. Either way, the comedians will have NO IDEA whether a joke works. Whether it gets a groan, or an applause break. they continue doing the best they can, hoping you enjoy it.

Q:

A: It’s May 17th, at the Upstairs Gallery. 10:30pm

Q:

A: Don’t be late! The comedians will have no idea you’re walking in and disrupting their set!

Q:

A: No, but donations are accepted.

Q:

A: Yes, please do!

Q:

A: The comedians will NOT be able to hear the laughter.

Q:

A: Yes, it is a real mustache.

Q:

A: This is an experiment, so it could be pretty weird, but it will DEFINITELY be a lot of fun.

Q:

A: As of now, it’s a one off show, so you do NOT want to miss it.

Q:

A: Oh you better believe it is.

Q:

A: They weren’t comedy shows, they were a Funeral and a Court Case.

Q:

A: No, not even a single person will be in the room with the comedian. I’ll be hosting, but will leave the room when a comedian takes the stage.

Q:

A: Not really a question, but thank you.

Q:

A: Yeah, I know I probably missed some, so feel free to reach out if you have any other questions.

-Ian Abramson