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Have Your self a Very Matt Rogers Comedy Particular

Matt Rogers‘s voice is barely hoarse when he indicators on to Zoom, however there is a good purpose. Rogers and his castmates from this summer season’s hit homosexual romantic comedy Hearth Island obtained the ensemble tribute on the Gotham Awards the earlier night time, and celebrated the one method they knew how—by going to a homosexual bar. “It was one final messy night time for the Hearth Island ladies,” he tells me. “There was an after-party that was taking place on the Bowery that the Gothams have been throwing, and we have been like, ‘Fuck that. We’ll Barracuda.’”

whereas the summer season of Hearth Island has come to an finish, the winter of Matt Rogers is simply starting. The comic, podcaster, and actor has his sights set on taking on a brand new season—the Christmas season, to be particular—along with his debut musical comedy particular, Have You Heard of Christmas?, which premiered on Showtime streaming final week. Taped on the historic Joe’s Pub in New York Metropolis, Have you ever heard of Christmas? makes use of all of Rogers’s myriad skills as a comic, sketch author, actor, and, maybe most significantly, a songstress, to deliver the viewers on a festive romp by means of a brand-new musical Christmas catalog full with unforgettable and hilarious authentic tracks like “The Hottest Feminine Up in Whoville.” And regardless of solely premiere final week, Have you ever heard of Christmas? has already made a splash and is being known as one among the very best comedy specials of your complete yr.

Rogers’s Have you ever heard of Christmas? traces its origins again to 2017 on the comedy membership The Duplex, the place he first carried out the present he’d written along with his then boyfriend, Henry Kopersky, the gifted composer and pianist additionally behind Catherine Cohen‘s celebrated musical comedy Netflix particular, The Twist…She’s Attractive. “All of it boils all the way down to my collaboration with Henry,” Rogers says of his former lover turned collaborator. “I actually do consider it as our present collectively.” (A number of days after Roger and I spoke, Koperski alleged in a Vulture interview that he was not invited to the Have you ever heard of Christmas? opening get together. The outlet later up to date the story to report that Koperski subsequently discovered the invitation in his spam folder.)

And the present they created collectively was a labor of affection. “That is most likely the toughest factor I’ve ever needed to make, actually, as a result of it is the whole lot,” Rogers says. “It is the sketch a part of my character. It is the stand-up a part of my character. It is the music a part of my character. It is actually me up there.”

The seamlessness with which he melds these disparate components comes from a deep understanding and appreciation for the much less savory facets of the vacation, notably its capitalist underbelly. Have you ever heard of Christmas? “is celebrating Christmas, but additionally dragging Christmas,” Rogers says. “That is for everybody who grew up with [Christmas] of their life, however type of solely form of understands why it is a vacation. We perceive it is part of the tradition. We get that it is this larger-than-life monoculture, [but] because the monoculture disappears an increasing number of and an increasing number of, Christmas appears to change into larger and greater and greater and greater as a factor.”

In fact, nobody has capitalized on this phenomenon extra so than Miss Maria Carey, the long-lasting “All I Need for Christmas Is You” beltress who (unsuccessfully) tried to trademark the title Queen of Christmas earlier this yr and, as Rogers shrewdly factors out, actually bought extra airtime than Santa on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this yr. “Santa discovered useless,” hey quips. Naturally, Carey’s presence looms giant within the particular, each actually and metaphorically.

“This concept that I had within the very starting was to make enjoyable of Mariah Carey and poke enjoyable in any respect these pop singers that I cherished who’re capitalizing on the capitalism of Christmas,” he says. “Now it is fascinating as a result of I am right here, definitely benefiting from the truth that there are Christmas specials. I am actually riffing on it, however I am additionally doing it.”

Matt Rogers in MATT ROGERS: HAVE YOU HEARD OF CHRISTMAS?By Scott Gries/SHOWTIME.

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