Giulia Rozzi’s “Ought to I Get Bangs?” Needs Speaking About Your Emotions to Final Past the Pandemic
In reality, it wasn’t purported to be a pandemic podcast in any respect.
“I had deliberate to begin it over a 12 months in the past, I had the brand and the music and all the things prepared,” comedian and author Giulia Rozzi mentioned of her new podcast “Ought to I Get Bangs?” throughout a latest chat:
I stored placing it on pause through the pandemic as a result of I didn’t need it to show right into a pandemic podcast. Thus far, I don’t assume it has? I imply, you understand, it’s an unavoidable matter however I actually needed the present to give attention to moments in folks’s lives the place they crack and one thing modified, or they modified one thing about themselves.
And it’s attainable that in future episodes, her friends will share moments that the pandemic delivered to gentle. However in the intervening time, Rozzi is taking her persistent curiosity in folks’s emotions and private tales, and framing them into conversations that permit listeners to really feel equal senses of empathy and enlightenment.
Emotions have at all times factored closely into Rozzi’s comedy. When requested how the concept for the podcast took place, she famous, “I sort of simply seen that quite a lot of my materials and my tales, each on and offstage, are usually about psychological well being and particularly quite a lot of jokes about crying in public, and shedding my shit.”
She’s at all times favored the sensation of having the ability to work via these moments, and acknowledged that audiences appreciated the openness she delivered to her act. On the similar time, she additionally acknowledges that it was a course of to go from unloading after a troublesome second, to crafting these tales for the stage. “I can assume again to moments the place I undoubtedly obtained on stage and talked about one thing that was too recent after which reeled it in,” she mentioned of her earliest makes an attempt to convey emotions into her jokes, earlier than including, “I don’t assume something is off limits so long as you might have some perspective and, particularly when you’re doing comedy, it ought to be humorous too.”
She’s additionally cautious to make a transparent distinction between sharing an act with an viewers, and unburdening your self to them: “I’ve discovered that comedy could be very therapeutic, but it surely’s not a alternative for remedy.”
It ought to come as no shock, then, to listen to that Rozzi as soon as envisioned a profession for herself as a therapist (her older sister Elena did pursue that line of labor), and her real curiosity in serving to folks work via their tales is obvious as you take heed to the podcast.
In a single episode, comic Chris Garcia talks via an elaborate faculty ruse that helped him cope together with his sister leaving residence; in one other, author Josh Gondelman talked about deciding the course of his profession via the lens of his romantic relationships. Episodes with Christi Chiello and Sydnee Washington contact on greater emotions of disgrace, guilt, and even suicidal ideation. However via all of it, there’s a sense of lightness – and a transparent tone of contemplation fairly than confession. Which is to say, nobody on the present was on the verge of chopping themselves bangs in that actual second. Or, as Gondelman cleverly identified, rising a beard – the boy model of bangs…a connection I had not beforehand made, and haven’t been in a position to cease interested by since.
And what of the chopping bangs reference? Rozzi got here up with it early, earlier than the total concept of the podcast was even absolutely fleshed out. I like how she framed it: the chopping of bangs is commonly framed (as they body the face) because the signal of a breaking level, but additionally as the beginning of a rebirth of types. That is the concept Rozzi hopes to maintain central because the present continues: that the bangs-cutting second is the beginning of discovering management. It’s a method to discover a breakthrough. That’s what she’s hoping for, as listeners discover the podcast and dig into the tales it shares:
My entire desirous to do a present like this, and why I do quite a lot of what I do, is that feeling of connection and being like “oh my God, me as properly” and that’s being confirmed on this present. Each single visitor, I’ve associated to what they’re saying deeply. And so what I hope is that if that’s the case with me and the visitor, then that’ll be the case with the visitor and the viewers.
Her different hope? That the viewers’s tales can turn into a much bigger a part of the present. Her sister Elena is a recurring visitor on the present, and the sisters hope to group up and assist listeners via challenges they’re dealing with. “Once I say attain out you probably have something you need to share, I actually imply that,” she mentioned. And don’t fear – a recent set of bangs is much from required.
New episodes of Ought to I Get Bangs? are launched every Thursday, and you’ll observe together with Giulia on Twitter and Instagram at @giuliarozzi.
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Amma Marfo is a author, speaker, and podcaster primarily based in Boston, MA. Her writing has appeared in Femsplain, The Good Males Challenge, Pacific Normal, and Speaking Factors Memo. Likelihood is good that as you are studying this, she’s someplace laughing.