by Stephen Story
The Backdoor Comedy Club at WVU Parkersburg hosts comedy acts regularly in the auditorium at the college. The Backdoor Comedy Club features many professional and hilarious acts on the college stage and continues to this day.
An incredible performance, followed by boisterous laughter, flooded the auditorium in the college when comedian Lauren Hope Krass delivered 50 minutes of unique material to the crowd. At first, the crowd was unsuspecting of the comedian who had never been to this town before, but once she graced the stage, it was clear that this wasn’t her first rodeo. She subconsciously demonstrated lowering your defenses to the audience, and they responded with open minds and hearts.
The main idea of Lauren Krass’ routine was loving everything about yourself and being honest about the flaws you unconditionally love. The stand up’s set was filled with energy and vulnerability that could only harnessed in such a way by a trained professional. Although the routine was a genuine and hilarious look into the trials and tribulations of dating, plus-sized clothing and striving for equality as a modern young woman, the comedian’s approach was no joke.
From start to finish, Lauren Krass delivered humorous blows to society’s beauty standard (which is don’t be anything but a size two and quiet). The honest content of the performance ranged from passive aggressive plus-sized clothing messages compared to their slimmer counterparts and how excited your friends get when you’ve been single for a while and someone’s weird friend is crushing on you.
Lauren Hope Krass’ stand up routine was everything you expected from a comedy performance. It was an evening of harsh truths and complete candor with strangers. The stories were personal and offered very behind-the-scenes look that you don’t even get with a lot of mainstream comedians. Krass broke down the barriers between the audience, and both sides used that moment to their advantage.
She was able to take a crowd of people who had never seen her performance before and get them to laugh and applaud. Any actor or writer could get up on stage and deliver clever one-liner after one-liner behind a mask that protects the artist from the audience, but Lauren Krass’ performance was engaging and full of human experience that could really leave the audience with more than jokes to tell your families.
Lauren Hope Krass is a comedian from Charleston, South Carolina who lives in New York City. She received 3rd place in the Charleston Comedy Festival’s Standup Competition in 2012 and 2013. Also, she was 1st place in the Corona Dave Ugly Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is Standup competition in 2014. Lauren Hope Krass has been featured in The New York Times for her show, “Laughter School Special,” and is a playwright who has penned works such as “Addiction to Donuts and Jerks” and “Princess Charming.” She was also a featured storyteller on Kevin Allison’s ”RISK!” podcast.