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Zooming in on Talia Reese

Talia is just one of the many comedians that have made the effort to move their work into the virtual world. Talia Reese’s name has recently become ubiquitous. If comedy comes up in conversation, you’re probably talking about Talia Reese. If you’re not, you don’t know comedy. Talia has been talked about in the New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Times of Israel, just to name a few. I’ve had the opportunity to meet with Talia on several occasions. And let me tell you, this woman is funny on so many levels she has the versatility to play to any audience. Her quirkiness and ability to zero in on relationships and pique audiences’ interests knows no comparison in the Jewish comedy world today.

On Tuesday, May 26, Talia Reese performed her one-woman show “Nouveau Frum” in a virtual live online format, and let me tell you Talia was aces. Her comfort on the microphone and getting the audience in on her rhythm was a spectacle to watch. Talia really knows how to pull an audience into her stories and the virtual atmosphere was no problem for this rising star of the stand-up comedy scene. Her material is the type that will never bomb. Nobody is ever going to walk away from a Talia Reese show and not laugh. If that happens, chances are that person wasn’t very funny in the first place or something really awful happened to them before the show. The last 15 minutes of the show involved a Q & A with Saranne Rothberg, CEO of ComedyCures.org, which was also hilarious and definitely worth seeing. Talia will be doing encore performances of “Nouveau Frum” this summer, so stay tuned for those upcoming dates.

I imagine Talia hitting the late-night talk show circuit once this pandemic eases. Reese would also fit in perfectly with a Las Vegas residency. I have a personal hope for some grandiose Cher-type costume changes next time I get to see one of her productions. If you check out one comedian during quarantine, let it be comedy gold. 

By D.B. Frick/stagebiz.com

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