Hey, we are Heather and Emma. Two stand-up comedians who were working at a local art store on Main Street in Vancouver together in November 2015. Over a post-work beer, Heather voiced her frustrations with the process of reporting her rapist to the police.
As the conversation unfolded we asked, "Wouldn't it be funny to have a comedy show that talked about rape?"
We realized that we already knew so many comedians who had confided to us or had publicly talked about their experience on comedy shows like The Tragedy Show, hosted by Amber Harper-Young and Alex Sparling. We had an idea, we had potential collaborators, We needed a name and a home.
Heather had seen a piece of graffiti that, in girly cursive read: Rape is Real & Everywhere. Done.
Our dream venue would be small and intimate, but also a place that supported artists who wanted to explore the uncomfortable or unusual. We both wanted a locally-owned art gallery and comedy space called Hot Art Wet City. Owner Chris Bentzen and booker Alicia Tobin were on board.
We contacted comedians.
Some said no.
Enough said yes.
We had a show.
We made a poster and posted to Facebook. The event sold out in 3 days and garnered national media attention. In less than 3 weeks we had gone from idea to the 6 o'clock news.
We appreciate all of the folks who have shared their stories, attended shows, and supported this project.
We are just getting started.