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How did Kate Berlant end up on Prime Video? his own league Serie? “Happened [the way] Basically, everything I’m into is because someone knows me and likes my stunt,” he says via Zoom.

It turns out that a lot of people these days like what Berlant cheekily calls their shtick. In the last five months, she launched Would it kill you to laugh?a Peacock special with frequent collaborator John Early, and a Hulu stand-up special, cinnamon in the winddirected by Bo Burnham, and starred in a solo show, Kate, also directed by Burnham, in New York. She also appeared in the Olivia Wilde feature film. do not worry honey — “I’m, like, somehow in this big flashy Hollywood movie” — and is, as mentioned above, a regular at his own league, playing Shirley, a neurotic member of the Rockford Peaches who avoids canned food. “Of course it’s exciting for me,” Berlant says of her multitude of projects.

The actress and comedian, a fan of Penny Marshall’s film about the World War II-era women’s baseball league since childhood, was drawn to the remake of his own league due to the source material, as well as a desire to work with everyone involved, including co-creator Abbi Jacobson. But the uptight Shirley also gave Berlant a chance to flex some new muscle. And not just physical, although he did have to go through baseball training camp. At the moment he feels “pretty good” with his swing. “You haven’t really seen me in that comedic energy, but he feels very close to me, too,” he explains. “I share a lot of her attributes, just not as terribly calcified as hers.” Shirley, who owns a collection of humidifiers and wears her hair in tightly braided ponytails, carries herself with a formality that is a product of the times in which she lives. “It’s not a modern anxiety,” says Berlant. “We live in a world now where everyone talks about her feelings and her anxieties, so it was exciting to think about what that might have been like for her.”

the own league team encouraged Berlant to improvise. It’s a medium in which he thrives: when he stands up, it’s very much improvisation. “I love being given a script, but I also find improv is the way I get to a character and a way I like to tell jokes,” she says.

That being said, the project that is closest to his heart at the moment is carefully mapped out. Your live show Kate, which she wrote, is like her “child”. At the time of this interview, she has just returned to Los Angeles after a sold-out stint in New York, but she will return to the material for another performance in the winter. In the solo piece, Berlant is “Kate,” a heavily distorted version of herself, an actress drawn to the camera but hiding a secret. Before going on stage, a clip of her work on his own league flashes on a screen, a joke tucked into a “cheeky upstart moment.”

Berlant in his solo show, Kate.

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Kate it is a performance on the idea of ​​performance, a theme that fascinates Berlant. “It’s very much about this person trying to prove that she’s an actress and outside of that is me, Kate Berlant, trying to say, ‘Hello, I’m an actress. I want to act,’ which to me is really what makes the show so vulnerable,” she says. “For me, the show is very revealing of myself because it really is a very naked attempt to be seen and the effort is very clear.”

This story first appeared in a separate November issue of magazine. To receive the magazine, Click here for subscribe.



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