by Ed Malin · September 30, 2014
When I Could Feel is comedienne Vicky Kuperman’s new show, directed by Brian Luna, in the United Solo Festival. The sold-out event I witnessed is structured as a trip by Kuperman to the Emergency Room, where an unseen doctor (voiced by Max Cohen) asks her awkward questions and she launches into ridiculously funny anecdotes. She is concerned that she can no longer feel anything, and wonders if she should have a CAT scan.
Some of the questions are potentially linked to her health, such as “Are you Russian?”
The answer is “Yes, that’s why I wore glitter to the Emergency Room.”
There follows a lot of equal opportunity offensiveness. The audience, some of whom have followed Kuperman’s seven-year stand-up comedy career and may have inspired these jokes, loved the show.
Kuperman takes us to exotic places, like Puerto Rico, which she and a friend visited at age 15. They boarded the plane using a library card and a freehand sketch for ID. Airport security said that’s OK, you can’t be worse than the people we have down there already.
She also takes us to closed-minded Boston, where in 1993 it was dangerous to walk around with black friends and apparently still is today.
There is a great deal more to be said about Russians. Her always apolitical mother is now up in arms since the condo board banned alcohol from the pool area.
Also, there must be autistic people in Russia, but they just call them poets.
Now that Kuperman has achieved her goal of moving into artist housing in Manhattan, she is on the watch for gay men. They drive up the rent. This is said as an admirer a.k.a. "fruit fly”.
The charitably silent doctor tells Kuperman that she has treatable panic disorder, and implies it’s very much OK for her to feel what she feels and to want to feel more.
I’m sure you will want to hear more of this fearlessly fabulous humor. Who wouldn’t want to hear loads of castrating comments about boyfriends? Catch the October 13th show if at all possible.