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Late dates: Comedy series about ‘ghosting’ expands to the web

She's got spirit: Savannah DesOrmeaux has taken her monthly live comedy series "Ghost Town" online.
Photo by Mike Bryk

She’s really getting into the spirit of things!

A Brooklyn comedy series about the horrors of modern romance has gone digital, reincarnated as a three-episode online talk show about “ghosting” — the phenomenon of online dating wherein potential suitors disappear without a trace. 

“Ghost Town: the Series,” launches online today, but it started more than a year ago as the monthly live show “Ghost Town Comedy,” harnessing the comedic potential of what its host calls an everyday experience for anyone dating in the digital age. 

“I’ve done it, we’ve all done it,” said comedian Savannah DesOrmeaux. “It’s kind of sad, but I think it’s hilarious.”

The frequent nature of ghosting ensures that plenty of funny people have a hilarious tale to share about it, according to the Prospect Lefferts Gardens comedian. 

“Everyone has this wackadoo story,” she said. “It’s always like, we went on a date and had this amazing time, and then we met up again and confessed our love for each other, and then he canceled on me and was never to be seen or heard from again.”  

DesOrmeaux started the series after she experienced both being ghosted and ghosting on other people. Her friends’ similar stories about disappearing dates made her want to create a platform for comics to turn the sometimes painful experience into laughs, she said. 

The live show, now running at Friends and Lovers in Crown Heights, alternates between traditional stand-up sets and interview segments, in which the comics share their ghosting tales with DesOrmeaux.

All that glitters: Savannah DesOrmeaux talks with guest Andrew Barbato about a date who vanished, and then re-appeared on social media, on the first episode of “Ghost Town: the Series.”

The web show focuses solely on the interview, with each roughly eight-minute episode featuring a different guest. The episodes are jazzed up with text overlays, sound effects, and fast-paced emoji images that fly across the screen. The latter images accent the extremely-online nature of the show, said DesOrmeaux — and they have another advantage for a cash-strapped comedian. 

“First and foremost I’m broke and emojis are public domain, so in many ways it’s free and in many ways I’m broke,” she said. “And it represents the texting kind of digital world we all live in.” 

New online episodes of “Ghost Town” will appear over the next week, on the run-up to the next live show on Feb. 25.  

Watch “Ghost Town: the Series” at www.savannahdesormeaux.com/ghosttown. New episodes on Feb. 16 and Feb. 23. 

“Ghost Town Comedy” at Friends and Lovers [641 Classon Ave. between Pacific and Dean streets in Crown Heights, (917) 979–3060, www.fnlbk.com]. Feb. 25 at 8 pm. Free.

 

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