How to Survive a Pandemic When You Live Alone

The United Nations considers solitary confinement for over fifteen days to be torture, and we were looking at, what, three months?

It started as a shout-out on social media: Who amongst my friends, and their friends, lived alone and was feeling similarly apprehensive? Would anyone be interested in getting together for a group video chat (maybe via this ‘Zoom’ app I’d heard about) to discuss what we could do to help ourselves and each other to navigate whatever lay ahead?

Meetup 36: Hats

On Zoom, you often have to let the joke go. This has been particularly tough for the comedians.

The mood shifts wildly from silly to supportive, from despairing to excitable, enabled by the disjointed nature of video conferencing. We’ve had to learn you can’t control where the conversation goes. Sometimes that brilliant witticism you just made gets muted by someone saying they’ve been losing hope this week. You have to let the joke go. This has been particularly tough for the comedians.

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Izzy Mant

Izzy Mant

Writer, producer, comedian. "Pure hilarity" (Ed Fest Mag). Producer: GameFace S2/The Windsors/Harry & Paul/Cuckoo S5/Peep Show S5