As citizens in the cyber age, we thought we were all disconnected. The closure and cancellations of the many events throughout the globe have proven that we as human are closer, and much more connected, than we believed prior to this pandemic. We now know we need and crave the company of each other, and that no man is an island.
One of the most magical things about Savannah is that it is filled with art, creativity and music. At each turn, you will find yourself experiencing sights, sounds and aromas which guides us through the squares as we make our way through, which is how four former New Yorkers came together in Savannah to create the Front Porch Improv.
Front Porch Improv puts on comedy shows in Savannah, they teach comedy classes, offer fundraisers for non-profits, provide free classes for kids and perform private shows. Late last year, the directors and company made the bold move to open a theater – a move that proved to be wise as they were quickly gaining momentum, but that all changed as our country took steps to protect its citizen from the spread of COVID-19.
“These are tough times for everyone in our area and we are navigating uncharted waters,” said John Brennan, co-artistic director at the Front Porch Improv.
“When the notices came out by Savannah Mayor Van Johnson, we had decided we would go live each night for 21 nights and recreate season five of ’Seinfeld.’ We are all comedy nerds and season one was definitely a weird one,” he said. “So, after a major consensus we knew season five was it, but things are moving faster and way more unpredictable than what we originally thought. Not knowing if its pollen affecting some of us, and taking way more precaution than what we need, we decided to postpone the streaming of ’Seinfeld’ until further notice.”
Front Porch Improv decided instead to hold a kid’s story hour each day at 1 p.m. live through their Facebook page.
“We are doing an improv and story hour type of event each day. It is a way for us to keep connected and keep the kids at home busy and engaged,” Brennan said. “At night, we are releasing some of our old performances, which had been filmed. Believe me when I say the call to cancel the ’Seinfeld’ event was not an easy one, but it gave us the idea of also recreating in the future season five of ’Golden Girls.’”
Like all businesses in the Savannah area, the newly opened Front Porch Improv theater will need our help and we asked Brennan what the immediate needs towards the effort are of preserving the improv project and how can the community help.
“Well, we opened one month ago after a long time of very hard labor. Now our theater must shut down for an unknown period of time. So, we are asking for the community’s help to get us through,” he said. “We have established a Go Fund Me Campaign. All donations would go towards rent and utilities while the space is closed. If anyone can give a little, we would definitely sing their praises and please do not miss our daily content in our Facebook page."