Up-and-coming comedian Charles Pellerin is one of the rare artists to throw himself body and soul, solo, into the internet adventure, or rather into the internet adventure, one hour show entirely written and designed for the Zoom platform. Interview with the one who preferred to take the pilgrim’s drone rather than passively wait for the bite, at the end of the road.
In the virtual room: 25 lounges and a few more spectators. At the end of a musical countdown, at 8 p.m. sharp, Charles Pellerin appears in front of brightly colored panels. A little interaction with the public, then here it takes off: colonization of Mars, autonomous cars, artificial intelligence.
“During the pandemic, I found it difficult to write,” explains the comedian over the phone. The concept internet adventure ran everything from A to Z. These are all jokes I’ve never made. Usually, it’s a bit of the reverse. I write 3-4 minute numbers and edit afterwards. “
What a great time to experience a pandemic, he half-laughs at the start of the show. The proof ? Uber Eats agrees to do what even our best friend would always refuse, especially for only $ 5: deliver a vegetable couscous in the middle of the night. And at the top of the stairs, please.
Charles Pellerin has not hesitated in the past to approach the #metoo movement and feminist porn. This time he dissects the future with an apparent lightness.
Whether it’s #metoo, choosing who to send to Mars or who an autonomous car will save, for me, it always comes down to ethics. I find it interesting to reflect on what is to come, on the challenges we are going to live.
Capable of better
The semi-finalist of the second season of Roast Battle: the great duel (Z Télé) grazes in passing, with that drooling smile that disarms. Even Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, to whom all cavers in the world are still looking for faults, goes into the wringer.
“What he does, I think there are more people who would be able to do it, laughs the graduate of the National School of Humor. I’m not necessarily talking about mixing sport and intellect, but a lot of people have the capacity to do more than they do. That’s what hurts with Laurent: to see someone use their full potential. “
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In the internet adventure, form matches substance: thinking about technologies… through technologies. A director friend, Olivier Aubé, guided the comedian in the purchase of professional cameras and in the design of a studio. Depending on the gags, the image returns two angles of view. Zoom and transition effects enhance the comic effect.
I think most of my colleagues saw webcasting as something very temporary, but we’re still in there for several months. And there is nothing to say that we will not return there in future years. I was like, ‘I’m going to dive completely.’
In an environment that values “pure simplicity”, the 25-year-old comedian says he has opened his eyes to “so many creative possibilities” offered by images, videos, music. “I have always liked what Robert Lepage did with the integration of technology. It’s cool to be able to explore this terrain. ”
In front of their webcam, viewers laugh and nod their heads in approval, but the feedback will never be that of the theaters, with its thigh pats and laughter in unison. A good lesson in humility, notes Charles Pellerin, who experienced the intoxication of crowds during the first parts of Jay du Temple, including one at the Bell Center in front of 10,000 voluntary spleens, just before the arrival of the virus.
“We’re really used to generous reactions, and there it forces us to focus on: is it a joke that I really like or a joke that people like? Is it really good, or is it purely about high and energy? It makes the process a little more pure, in the sense that it comes from me and it won’t be completely altered by the reaction of people. “
Throughout the month of January, the show is presented in running-in with 25 tickets, sold at the ridiculous cost of $ 5. The issues will be fine-tuned and embellished with video clips, then presented to more people in a final version starting in mid-February. The trial-and-error method, in a virtual world, requires more acuity, observes Charles Pellerin.
“It’s tougher to say, ‘That joke really works.’ I have to trust people’s bodies a little more, the way they move, the reactions I perceive, the comments after the show. I try to trust my instincts. The break-in is less used to go to validate people than to put oil in the engine. ”
At the very end of the show, everyone seems to have had a great time, but the discomfort is palpable. A silence invades the virtual room. Charles Pellerin lifts it up and laughs.
“We’re used to applause, but Zoom always takes a person’s sound and puts it forward,” he said afterwards. No matter how many people are clapping, it feels like the end of a children’s play. Parents are just eager to go and cook dinner. “
Go cook dinner or have a royal couscous delivered on Uber Eats. At the top of the stairs, please. What a great time to experience a pandemic.
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