"I went out last night to see a friend," said Lori Hamilton, "and they were, like, 'You did not tell us you were going out. It was not on the schedule.' "
- PHOTO PROVIDED BY KEYBANK ROCHESTER FRINGE FESTIVAL
- Comedian Lori Hamilton aims to salvage fun from the COVID-19 era with her "Silly & Unnecessary Variety Show" at the 2020 KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.
"It's a combination of things," she explained. "My idea originally was, what if I did a 'Saturday Night Live' episode, except the only person in the episode was me?"
Or if PBS is more your thing, Hamilton said Mr. Rogers also served as an inspiration: "I was creating in my imagination an alternate world in which things were fun and happy and things made sense."
Fringe fans will meet and be able to interact virtually with a host of characters, all portrayed by Hamilton. They range from a sedate corporate human resources director to a Midwest mom to a clueless bookstore clerk, all with their unique takes on the pandemic.
- PHOTO BY PROVIDED BY LORI HAMILTON
- Lorenzo, one of Lori Hamilton's cats, when he was a kitten. Her variety show includes cats telling kids' jokes.
"Silly & Unnecessary Variety Show" is playing via Zoom meeting on Friday, September 18, at 7 p.m.; Sunday, September 20, at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, September 25, at 9 p.m.; and Saturday, September 26, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available for $5 at rochesterfringe.com. Age 13 and over.
Beth Adams is a reporter for WXXI News, a media partner of CITY. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.