Move over Blue Man Group, there's a new 'blue' group in town
You've probably heard of the Blue Man Group — a group of three guys painted in blue known for their creative stage productions.
But this group doesn't have the "blue" market cornered.
Meet the Blue Woman Group, made up of comedians and board certified depressives Jacqueline Novak and Aparna Nancherla. But, other than the name, the similarities between the Blue Man Group and the Blue Woman Group end there.
Last month, Novak and Nancherla formed the Blue Woman Group and began recording a comedic audio guidebook for the "Depressive on the Go" about how to reclaim your life. They prove that, yes, you can be both depressed and funny. Each podcast begins with a "meditation" of sorts, including calming music, breathing exercises and quips between the two women.
"We're both comedians here in New York and writers and performers and we happen to also be depressives," Nancherla said in the first podcast on Jan. 27.
"We're trying to relate our experiences to people and also figure out our own solutions and workarounds to the daily bouts of existential drift. ... We've been where you've been."
The two women talk about difficult topics in a humorous way. In the podcast titled Crying in the Office, Novak said, "Maybe you're cowering in the stairwell, just trying to avoid other people. ... Just have a minute to yourself."
"We're here for you. You're safe. ... Take a breath and know that you're not rotting in the ground."
Novak is a stand-up comic who has been featured on The Late Late Show with James Corden, at comedy festivals across the country, and was named a New Wave Woman by Pandora. Novak’s comedy album, Quality Notions, is available on iTunes and her book "How to Weep in Public" will be available in bookstores on March 1.
Aparna is an experienced improviser who has studied at Washington Improv Theater, the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in both NY and LA, the Groundlings, and the Lesly Kahn’s school of acting. She recently wrote for Late Night with Seth Meyers on NBC and also wrote for and sometimes appeared on Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, on FXX.
Ladies, if ever you need a third "blue woman," call me!