Comedian Nate Bargatze had 100 stand-up gigs lined up for 2020. All of them were canceled. But after six months of navigating the pandemic, he has figured out how to replace at least a portion: He’s about to embark on a two-month, 20-city tour of live shows at drive-in theaters.
For the most part, the tour is good news. “The bad part,” he told The Daily Beast, “is if someone is bored and wants to leave, I’m going to see their headlights turn on and watch them drive away during the show.”
Since early spring, stand-up has seen traditional sources of income—live gigs—disappear. Comics have had to get creative: Jim Gaffigan turned to live-streaming his family dinners and making web shows with his kids. Sarah Cooper’s stint of lip-syncing to Trump on TikTok landed her a Netflix special. In late March, Reggie Watts launched an app, Watts App, which