Things V Love: Stand-Up Comedian Mary Beth Barone's Short Film "The Bird House"

Things V Love: Stand-Up Comedian Mary Beth Barone's Short Film "The Bird House"

Things V Love: Stand-Up Comedian Mary Beth Barone's Short Film "The Bird House"

Referred to as "America's Stepdaughter," the comedian's new short film divulges her life in quarantine, including her viral Tik Tok and new British crush.

Referred to as "America's Stepdaughter," the comedian's new short film divulges her life in quarantine, including her viral Tik Tok and new British crush.

Text: Sam Ford

Using footage from her quarantine at her parents' house in Connecticut along with Minecraft visuals, Mary Beth Barone's experimental short film The Bird House comes across as serious until the stand-up comedian's voice-over proves otherwise. "I do have some rather devastating news... I like someone," Barone says. "What have I always said? The only thing more toxic than the coronavirus is having a crush."

In the beginning of the satirical short film, Barone mentions how she "recently released her most successful piece of art to date." She elaborates further by saying, "Yes, I have been working tirelessly for the past four years to be taken seriously as a stand-up comedian, but it was actually a 13 second Tik Tok parody video that went viral." Since, the media conglomerate Barstool Sports reposted Barone's Tik Tok. "I got text messages from every straight man I've ever made eye contact with, including two people I've slept with and haven't heard from in over a year," she says as the film cuts to a clip of her straight-faced.

While the viral Tik Tok may have recently created more buzz around Barone, the Manhattan-based comedian, actor, and writer was included in Comedy Central's 2019 Up Next list of rising comedians, earning her a spot at last year's Clusterfest. But that's not all Comedy Central will see of Mary Beth; her live show about f*ckboys that was crowned the title of "Drag His Ass: A F*ckboy Treatment Program" is currently in development.

Earlier this year, she was named one of TimeOut NY's Women of the Year with her stand-up being coined "dark post-modernism" and "ingeniously self-aware." There's no better evidence of that description than in "The Bird House," where Barone frolics in a green backyard while her voice-over says things like, "I've been in so many romantic situations where I wish the federal government had intervened. There are definitely people I legally shouldn't have been allowed to see."

Watch Mary Beth Barone's short film below, and when it's legally acceptable to do so, stay tuned for more of her live shows, like "Cruel Intentions" which included Benito Skinner.

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