Joined by fellow comedians Paul Elia, Antoine Young, and Helen Hong, Aida Rodriguez headlined a night of raucous laughter in AltspaceVR on Thursday, April 27. As usual, VR audience members joined from near and far, transported to the comic’s stage via Rift, Vive, Daydream, or Gear VR. However, this show was a different than the usual AltspaceVR comedy performance—it also attracted an IRL (in real life) audience at the Microsoft Store in Los Angeles, who watched the comics as they performed their set wearing VR headsets.
Rodriguez, a seasoned comic known for exploring the shocking, the controversial, the raunchy, and the oft-avoided social mores, performed new and practiced bits from her time on NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and her own podcast, “Truth Serum,” supported by the Microsoft Comedy Store.
When Rodriguez takes the stage, no subject is off limits. The sharp-tongued comedienne made sure to “offend everyone in the audience,” talking race, politics, and touching on the ever-touchy subjects of Jay Z, Lil Wayne, and the Kardashians.
Sometimes in comedy, the audience heckles the comic. But not on Rodriguez’s watch. She deftly follows the adage, “The best defense is a good offense.” She heckles first, and everyone — every culture, every orientation, every subject, every man, woman, child, and family member — is fair game.
Rodriguez took comedic risks, and at the end of the night, streams of blushing faces, laughter emojis, hearts, and applause hands ascended to the top of the intimate theatre’s ceiling, blending with giggles and guffaws emanating from the venue’s floating avatars.
For more VR comedy, be sure to head over and check out the AltspaceVR events calendar where you can find upcoming events and “Encore” replays of our popular comedic performances.