“The Meaninglessness Is Very Nice”

Rebecca Reid as 'Audrey Mouse' (circa 2015)When not stealing scenes/hearts as ‘Nadia’ in New Girl, the English-born model-turned-actress Rebecca Reid also moonlights as a stand-up comedian in various clubs around L.A…. where, as far as I can tell from the scant clips I’ve seen, she traffics in absurdist “conceptual comedy”, rather than the more traditional patter about everyday life. For example, in one routine she compares showbusiness to a goat that eats everything you own… a goat that you’ll eventually get to eat in turn, if you’re successful enough. Now, I don’t have the faintest clue what that means, but it still resonated strongly with me, as if it was actually quite profound… and the image was unusual enough to elicit a laugh, regardless of my confusion. By design, the characters Reid plays on-stage (including Minnie Mouse’s disapproving younger sister “Audrey”) are unrelatable and rather detached from reality… while her intentionally listless delivery, tuneless singing, spasmodic dancing, bizarre obliqueness, and stunning beauty, all combine to create a simultaneously disconcerting and mesmerising experience. She’s like the Inland Empire of stand-up comedy (but with mice instead of bunnies)!

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A comic book writer with an interest in feminism, philosophy, and affirmative action. He/him.
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