Fringe Festival comedy show takes on homeschooling

-Courtesy of Broad Street Communications

As part of the 2020 Fringe Festival, Class of One takes on one of today’s most buzzed about topics: Homeschooling.

This virtual show features seven Philadelphia comics and performers who have experienced homeschooling first-hand. They’ll share their touching, funny, and cringe-inducing stories of home education through standup, improv, sketch, video, song, and more.

The 75-minute live show on Zoom will cover the good, the bad, and the lonely of this education option that many parents and children have found themselves thrust into during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Homeschooling has been normalized today, but when my religious parents did it in the 90s, it was anything but normal,” says Christine Olivas, a standup comic and creator of Class of One. “Back then, it was called truancy.”

The show features Olivas and six fellow performers — Paul E. Reese, Kayleigh Liggitt, Will Gardiner, Tina Marie, Elani Nichelle, and Steve Bickel — telling jokes, sharing their personal stories of their homeschooling, and talking about educating kids at home in a pandemic.

The show will feature A Weekend Update style satirical news program full of topical humor about homeschooling. There will also be a “You Might Be Homeschooled If…” segment where performers fill in the blank with observations from their lives! And of course, what’s school without a prom? There may just be a reenactment of a homeschool prom where girls are banned from wearing “nail polish and smiles.” You need to see this show! Performances take place (virtually) on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here. You can also follow the show on Facebook.

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