Monday, October 14, 2013

Kate the WASP

What do you do to stand out in comedy? Well, if you’re on Saturday Night Live, you become a character like Bill Hader playing “Stefon,” where you have a unique, distinct point-of-view and comedic delivery that makes people laugh—and remember you. And if you’re not fortunate enough to have a job on SNL, but you live in New York City, you have to do something to stand out from the crowd. Enter comedian Kate Hendricks, aka Kate the Wasp.

Kate the Wasp (White Anglo-Saxon Protestant) is a comedic character who goes around the streets, festivals, and public events of New York City talking with people who most Wasps wouldn’t associate with. Her shtick is that she’s a pearl necklace wearing conservative raised in a wealthy family, yet curious to find out what it’s like to, for instance, be a drag queen or live in Harlem.

Kate the Wasp is a character who performs “comedy with a sense of entitlement.” It’s funny to see such a supposedly high class woman—the kind who wears heels-- hanging out and kickin’ it with middle and lower class “peeps.”
She’s a loveable fish out of water, as a cameraman follows her around at events like a gay pride parade or Occupy Wall Street, where she’ll talk with participants, and talk to you, the viewer, as if she’s narrating a trip to another world. She plays her character so well that half the time you forget it’s an act. If you like the comedy of Stephen Colbert, you’ll appreciate his female counterpart.

Currently, Kate the Wasp has a popular YouTube channel where you can see her New York City adventures. Here are some of them:

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