One of the more amazing things that comedy does is reveling with darkness and demons in such a way that makes people feel less alone. Blair Socci, who we’ve enjoyed see become a great staple around the LA comedy scene, ran this particular set at Faded LA that’s entirely about how she was sexually abused when she was a teenager. It’s a revelatory set (yet, still aggressively upbeat as is Blair’s nature) that is as truthful and vulnerable as we’ve seen anyone get in stand-up.
Sharing experiences like this, especially through the lens of comedy, is the sort of shining-the-light-on-the-darkness that likely makes other people that went through such trauma to feel unafraid to share their story. From there, really understanding how pervasive sexual abuse/harassment/assault is, we can hopefully move forward and not let that sort of harm hide in the shadows any longer.
Please, watch, enjoy, and listen to Blair’s set here.
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• • This is a set I did right before Covid about my experience with sexual abuse. When I was a kid I was too afraid to tell a soul but I think talking about it on stage was a way of honoring my younger self who couldn’t speak about it. It’s a sad thing but joking about sad stuff feels great sometimes. I think the set is really funny and I am proud of it. Love you all. • P.S. if I could go back in time and tell my younger self ANYTHING it would be “don’t do this set on @davemerheje’s show going first at the improv lab” and also maybe “run!” jk jk lolol