EAT YOUR CHART OUT: A.D.D. COMIC TURNS CHAOS INTO ORDER - AND LAUGHS -
THROUGH RADICAL SELF ACCEPTANCE & FLIP CHARTS. YES, FLIP CHARTS.
Blaire Postman’s Struggling Chartist debuts June 30th at the Silver Spring Black Box.
Copyright 2013. Blaire Postman, Comedian. All rights reserved.
SILVER SPRING - Comedian, quirky genius and overall rather loud person, Blaire Postman, debuts her solo stage show - Struggling Chartist - at the Silver Spring Black Box Theatre on June 30th. The performance combines Postman’s uproarious signature flip chart stand-up comedy pieces with running commentary about her life with long-undiagnosed A.D.D., and the lessons learned where the two intersect.
The one person show, directed by Chelsea Shorte and presented by Improbable Comedy, is a 90-minute rollicking tour inside the comic’s brain, including the patterns & connections she sees in ordinary things that go unnoticed by most people, and how that ability can make everyday items and experiences entertaining, fun and, occasionally, even profound.
Postman, a solid member of GenX, describes how she learned to work with - and love - her “tornado” brain, instead of trying to fight or control it, as was expected growing up in the 1970’s & 80’s (“before A.D.D. was an official thing,” she notes). Also, there’s singing. And some audience participation. Sound a little scary? Perfect. That’s what makes the roller coaster fun.
Postman is known for her explosive, fast paced delivery and comedy that often spans unusual topics. Since starting stand-up in 2013, she’s been featured by PBS’s NewsHour (“the most DC comedy credit ever”), as well as in the most prestigious comedy festivals, at large, nationally known comedy clubs opening for world-famous headliners, and headlining herself for smaller, cool-kid, indy comedy clubs in every corner of the country.
Last year gave Postman the time and space to envision the solo show. “I realize now that I was probably starting to burn out a bit,” Postman says of her hectic pre-pandemic nationwide travel and performance schedule. She notes that, though flip charts might seem “weird” to some bookers and other comics, they are audience favorites. She believes that’s in part “because those sets are some of the most fun for me to perform. And if I’m having fun, I promise that the audience is having fun, too. What can I say? I have an adorably infectious type of enthusiasm for weird yet amazing stories and unexpected revelations.”
The flip charts also serve a practical purpose in her comedy, as Postman notes near the top of the show. They’re a way of channeling her ability to see hidden connections, dynamics and unintended consequences, into an orderly format that’s easy for an audience to follow. “I go down a rabbit hole, look at a million different possible connections, and analyze the threads that are fun and interesting. Then I come back up and put it into this nice, straight-lined, self-sufficient art form - a flip chart - so that folks can more easily follow the patterns and ironies that I see.” Though she has plenty of “non flip chart” stand-up material, the “flip bits” are important enough that they have their own special suitcase for traveling.
Improbable Comedy will produce the show, one of the first returns to live performance for the 9 year old company since the pandemic. Postman invited actor and comedian Chelsea Shorte to direct the show in order to help corral her creative process.
Blaire’s perspective resonated with Chelsea “The audience will get to see the world through someone else’s eyes. Blaire is sharing what makes her perspective different than the way we are traditionally taught to think - but that doesn’t make it less valid.” They continue, “Blaire’s brain takes the scenic route while others are breezing by on the expressway. She gets to the same place we all get to but with more adventure and stories along the way.”
Improbable Comedy’s Kim Levone is excited to work with Blaire for this first Improbable Comedy solo show. “Blaire is one of our audience's favorite performers. She is smart, super creative and unapologetically herself."
“People will identify with Blaire and empathize with the message she has gotten her whole life: ‘If you could just think differently’ or ‘if only you could focus’ and ‘can’t you just…’ The show is an attempt to alter that narrative and demonstrate how these non-typical ways of thinking are important, interesting and not any less valuable,” Levone added.
Struggling Chartist will be presented at the Silver Spring Black Box, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD on Wednesday June 30 at 7:30pm. COVID restrictions and protocol will be in place. More information and tickets at www.improbablecomedy.com
Performer images available upon request.
For more information, contact Kim Levone at 301-351-2096 or firstname.lastname@example.org