Making Art in 2017: Gerre Garrett on Labor of Love
Name: Gerre Garrett
Company: Waitstaff Sketch Comedy
Show in 2017 Festival: Labor of Love
Role: Performer, Co-Creator
Past Festival Shows: We have performed in 16 previous Philly Fringe Festivals. Our shows have included The Real Housewives of South Philly, The WaitStaff Jumps the Shark and Making the Fringe Great Again.
FringeArts: Tell us a bit about your show.
Gerre Garrett: We had to title the show BEFORE writing it. We settled on Labor of Love because we love creating something that exists simply to make people laugh. While we do pride ourselves on offering material that is as smart as it funny, there is no important message or examination of the human condition here. As writers we are struggling with just how much of the show should lampoon current politics. Saturday Night Live has pretty much cornered the market on impressions (not necessarily our strong suit) and with shows like Last Week Tonight and The Daily Show, we are wondering if audiences aren’t over-saturated with political material.
FringeArts: How have your interests in or approach to art making changed in the last year?
Gerre Garrett: Um…yeah. The presidential election has us questioning, “Just exactly how many clowns are gonna get out of that car parked at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue?!”
FringeArts: Tell us about an instance from 2017 where your interaction with art provided some much needed solace or refuge from outside troubles.
Gerre Garrett: All of us have relationships and responsibilities outside of The WaitStaff; but this year (as always) we find it really satisfying to create with our best friends.
Labor of Love
Waitstaff Sketch Comedy
$20 / 60 minutes
Sept 8-10, 12-15, 17, 19-20, 22-23 @ L’Etage Cabaret, 624 South 6th St