When Kelly Bachman joined the Downtime Bar NYC for a night of comedy, the last person she expected to see was the embarrassed film producer Harvey Weinstein.
And yet she did it as she sat at a reserved table in the corner of The Bar, invited by the presenters of the event on Wednesday night: Actor's Hour. She could not believe her eyes, but was even more surprised when several people entered the stage without appreciating Weinstein's presence in the crowd. Bachman would not follow that.
"I'm a comic, and it's our job to name the elephant in the room, do we know what that is?" She said as she took the stage in a now viral video of her Sets entered. "It's a Freddy Krueger in the room, if you like. I did not know we had to bring our own club and whistle to Actor's Hour.
And while some of the spectators hollowed out the joke, others went further, including one of the evening's cast members, Zoe Stuckless, who yelled at Weinstein directly, until she was allegedly stopped by his bodyguards and removed from the bar.
Later, Bachman's friend Amber Rollo Weinstein also confronted: "I went in and called him because he had a monster and told him to go away. His friend / bodyguard / bat / family member called me, and I really really wanted to jump over the table and strangle him, "she wrote on Twitter . Now, after nearly winning 30,000 Twitter followers overnight, Bachman speaks with Variety about the Actor's Hour Evening, Harvey Weinstein, and why she considers it important to say something was there?
I arrived at the venue, Downtime, and when I walked in on my left, I saw him sitting at a table, surrounded by friends, and I made a kind of triple, fourfold shot of "Do you want to fool me? , Harvey Weinstein is not in jail? "… I just freaked out. I actually sat on the floor in the corner, had a panic attack and wondered if I should even joke. Actually, I had come to make a new stand-up set for which I wanted a cassette because they were filming the event, so I wanted a nice cassette that I could send to people, and that's kind of ironic ,
I really did not want to risk or talk to the audience or talk about current events because I wanted a good, evergreen band. And I saw him there and thought, "I have to say something and it will ruin my band." And my friend next to me said, "Just do your regular sentence, do not let it ruin your band. You wanted your band; Get your band. He can not take that from you. "And I thought," Yes! I pick up my cassette. And then I saw him over there, and I just saw that so many people treated him as if it were normal and talked to him, and I just said, "Ugh" and I asked the woman next to me : "Should I say something? It's Harvey Weinstein, I have to say something, right? I'm going to get up soon. "And she said," No, do not say anything. "And she said it like that," Oh, I have to say something. "
So I started texting my friends and asked at the beginning of the show," What should I say? "I asked social media, you know, and the moderator, the presenter, did not call anyone. Actually, he just called people to write SMS, like me … but no, it's okay to have pariahs in the background of the show. So he did not mention Weinstein. The next performers did not mention Weinstein. Then it was me …
It felt like there was no air in the room. I panicked. I felt triggered. I felt traumatized. I felt like I could not breathe. I felt like I needed to say something, but I did not know how much I would get out. So I said what I could and I did not fully get through the joke I wanted to tell because they started to boo me, but I said as much as I could and as a man said, "Shut up", did it solve me? The only thing I could remember after that was "for you".
How did you react to the boos of the crowd?
I mean, I'm a person who was sexually assaulted by three different people and I've had the experience often enough to know what people are capable of in terms of their response when you tell them. And after the way I've been treated every time I've gone through this experience, I always expect silence and excitement. So I was pretty much prepared for it. But I also get the hugs and support of women I got, and I expected that, too.
What was it like to see all the support online?
I'm just kind of, I know It's better to speak out than to speak out. And as overwhelming as it is, I know from my own experience that I will always feel better when I say something than when I do not, even if it hurts to say something. It just hurts me more and more to say nothing.
Have you talked to Zoe or Amber since your set?
Amber is a good friend of mine; She supported me on the show and Amber and I are in a band @ Boys Drool and together we're doing a comedy show so she's my comedy sister. I talk to her all the time. I do not know Zoe at all, but I'm a fan of her existence. I thought she was the bravest person there. I mean, she did what I wish I could have done, causing everyone to feel extremely uncomfortable and lean in and not move. And I left when she left because it was my chance to leave. And I really wanted to go. I felt trapped down there. It's a basement, and Harvey was sitting at the door so I did not really want to go past him.
Was Weinstein involved in these events in the past?
People kept telling me that it was definitely on the last Actor's Hour Show, and that he had a reserved table both times reserved by Actor's Hour, so I do not know How it looks like. But I'm not a fan of Actor's Hour anymore and none of the comedians I know.
What do you hope people are taking away from seeing your set at Weinstein?
I hope it will be normal and no message to call the evil when you see it. I hope it becomes the norm not to be complicit and want a room safe for everyone. I find it quite surprising that there is news. I understand why that is, but I thought we all agreed that this guy is bad, so I think that's something we can all agree on. Yes, Fox News will send me an email, and CNN too, because we all agree. It's not like I'm addressing one of the controversial gray-zone issues of our time. This is the guy who acted like a villain before we knew it, and now he's a villain. Why should I still be in a room in progressive Manhattan where young artists my age welcome him? That's pretty shocking for me, but not shocking when people suck. But there are always good people.
This interview has been edited and condensed for the sake of clarity.