Using all five senses to experience the Internet is no feat for actresses Allison Goldberg and Jen Jamula, a duo that transforms snippets from platforms like Twitter or Yelp into live sketch comedy.
In 2011, the Yale drama graduates founded Blogologues, a sketch comedy group that brings life to the most ludicrous words on the web, expanding and repurposing them into hour-long, hilariously acted-out scenes. Crowds of people—people who want to experience a tangible Internet instead of simply chuckling to themselves while reading Yahoo! answers online, at home, alone—usher into the group’s every performance to share belly laughs with others who think the web is just as entertaining.
Before each show, the troop scrounges the Internet for comments made on community forums, blogposts, OkCupid profiles, YouTube, Tumblr pages, and fan fiction sites. The group is made up of Goldberg, Jemula, and a lineup of rotating young actors and lyricists. After the search is complete, the team puts their creative genius together to build stories around each Internet tidbit, making sure the script follows word-for-word from the web. Soon, the group heads out on stage to give birth to a live webpage or comment section.
On their website, the team states their purpose is to both understand and question the concept of identity in the digital age.“We’re dedicated to exploring the influence of new media on storytelling and helping our audience experience the content we usually view alone by the sickly glow of our laptops…(in real life) with other humans,” the site states.The troop is also keen on making its audience think, pleading it to expand the horizons of the mind as to not always fall into typical assumptions, but instead reminding it that the ability to create stories is powerful and could instantly change notions surrounding the internet or a specific webpage or comment.“You read a text and think, ‘Oh, this is a young girl in the Midwest, this is a mommy blogger, this is an old man.’ We like to flip it on its head… so we really play with who these people could be,” Goldberg said in an interview with Newsweek. “If you assume that whack Facebook status is written by a bored college student, we’ll perform it as a vengeful lover in a romance novel.”Blogologues reconfirms the thought that no one knows when threads or timidly posted personal vignettes are being read and by whom, even if at all. It takes content from online and diffuses it in front of a live audience who probably wouldn’t have seen the web users’ creations in the first place.Inherently, Blogologues tightens the grasp of the Internet on an already digital media-ubiquitous society, as it doesn’t let the web rest but makes it breathe and dance in front of impressionable audience members who are looking to deepen their own media centered lives.
Jessica Schnall, mother of the blog Alone With Cats, has had many posts acted out by Blogologues.
“As a blogger, seeing the show can be a nerve-wracking experience, because I’m always worried that my writing will fall flat in front of a live audience,” she said in an interview with Mashable. “The magic of the Internet is that, in posting your dirty laundry for all to see, you really never know who’s looking,” she said.
Tickets for Blogologue shows can be bought of Goldberg and Jamula’s website, blogologues.org. Catch the pair still being funny on their newer web series Two Girls One Show, or subscribe to the Blogologues video channel on YouTube to keep up with dramatic Internet anecdotes coming to life.