By The Lincoln Center
It’s been over a year and a half since The Lincoln Center has been able to present a full season of shows. Now, as The LC readies to kick off the 2021–22 season on October 16 with The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour, the anticipation of having the halls abuzz again with uproarious laughter is almost unbearable. And that excitement definitely isn’t one-sided.
“Audiences are looking forward to going out more than ever,” says Kat Radley, one of four featured comedians set to take the stage. “I think people are just excited to be out in the world again, especially being in a place where they can laugh and be encouraged to laugh.”
Joined by fellow The Daily Show writers and stand-up comedians Joe Opio, Randall Otis and Matt Koff, The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour delivers a diversity of talent and comedic viewpoints.
“We come from really different perspectives and backgrounds,” says Radley, “so our jokes all tend to be really different. We do talk about our life experiences and we craft our jokes based on our view of the world. I think audiences really appreciate that because they get to see four really different and distinct comics in one show.”
“I think that’s something pretty unique about the tour, especially when you hear our more personal jokes that we don’t get an opportunity to tell on The Daily Show.”
And what of Radley’s sense of humor? She describes it as a little edgy, but also kind of welcoming. “I hope I can make audiences feel comfortable while I’m on stage.”
Whether making fun of their own failed dating lives, living life as cat owners, or poking fun at current politics, these Emmy-nominated writers promise to deliver the same laughs that have made The Daily Show the longest-running program in Comedy Central history.
One might wonder, with the cancellation of performances all over the world and the absence of audiences from late-night shows, what toll the pandemic has taken on comedy. Unsurprisingly, things have changed. At The Daily Show, the jokes are presented at a much “faster pace” to repurpose the time typically anticipated for live-audience laughter.
“I feel like we’re still experiencing what comedy is becoming and what it will become,” says Radley. “I think the pandemic has given comics and audiences alike more appreciation for comedy because we went a while without it. I think we realize how important comedy is for our health and happiness.”
Don’t miss the chance to see four brilliant comedians at The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour on October 16 as The Lincoln Center kicks off its first show of the new season. Tickets are on sale now with seats starting at $15 at LCtix.com.
This show may contain mature content and/or language.