Some say COVID-19 killed art. In my opinion, it just made art stronger.
St. Joseph and Kansas City’s art scene’s were growing like wildfire until COVID-19. Kansas City especially was becoming known for its live music and comedy, but because of the national pandemic, along with the world, the art stopped.
Live shows were not a thing for months. Artists weren’t going to let that challenge defeat them. Musicians and comedians were scrambling to find alternative options to occupy their thirst for performance.
Comedians in specific began working together to construct online shows, as well as making comedic videos and podcasting.
Kansas City comedian Aaron Naylor is one of the comics who was affected by the pandemic.
“It was hard not being able to do live shows or being able to get together with other comics to work on material every night,” Naylor said. “But the pandemic has given me time to try different things.”
Before the pandemic, Naylor worked hard to put together a comedy club called Cool Baby Comedy, but right before any shows could happen, the pandemic came along. So because he can’t do any shows, he began podcasting.
“The Cool Baby Podcast has been a pretty good alternative to stand-up for the time being and has been keeping me active and is a good way to keep the comedy scene in KC connected and involved.”
The podcast is a comedic podcast that has comedians from all over on to discuss comedy and life in general. The podcast, along with Zoom shows, has kept Naylor busy during the pandemic.
Once a healthy option to put on live shows came along, Naylor kicked off Cool Baby Comedy with many outdoor shows all over and around Kansas City. Stand-up comedy has been making a comeback for a while now thanks to outdoor shows and venues giving safe alternatives.
The Rino in Kansas City is a music venue and comedy club that has been hit hard because of the pandemic, but just last week they decided to reopen with new precautions. They will have low attendance audiences as well as putting the shows live online. To do this, they needed some money to make up for their losses over COVID-19.
On Saturday, the Rino did a twelve-hour long telethon broadcasted over all forms of social media to raise the money they’ve missed out on the last few months.
On the telethon, they had musicians, comedians and all different kinds of local artists. It was a success.
COVID-19 tried to take away art, but art wouldn’t let that happen. I believe it made art stronger because even during a pandemic, artists find new ways to make do.