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As Mask and Wig Locks Down Partnership With Netflix, Bloomers Still to Perform Shows on Instagram Live


Photo (with edits by Natalia Joseph) by Ethan Wu / The Daily Pennsylvanian and Netflix / CC0

In its efforts to bolster its standup and comedy sections, Netflix has announced a partnership last Friday with Penn's all-male comedy group Mask and Wig. Before the COVID pandemic, Mask and Wig hosted its shows in its Quince Street clubhouse. This partnership with the mega streaming service will allow the comedy group to reach an even broader audience on an even more prestigious format. 

Mask and Wig Chairman Billy Deus (C ‘21, E ‘21) was excited to share that "while the clubhouse is still closed to the public, we are excited to film our shows there. Our audience will still get that intimate clubhouse feel despite watching it on such a mainstream platform."

Curiously, Netflix had not reached out to Bloomers, the clubhouse-less all-female comedy group. Bloomers, which used to perform at Iron Gate Theatre on campus, will now have to host shows on Instagram Live due to a lack of Penn-run streaming services. Bloomers Chairwoman Rachel Bucknell (C '21) wasn't worried about performing via Instagram Live. "I think this option is super accessible to the audience we want to reach. Our only concern is that the shoulders of our oversized suits won't fit in the frame."