Virgin Atlantic hires stand-up comics for flights
They'll take to the aisles during some UK routes, turning a quick trip into amateur hour.
That's exactly the kind of thing Virgin Atlantic employees should expect to hear a lot more of now that its U.K. offshoot Little Red has determined it's going to be hosting in-flight comedy performances on all trips to Edinburgh this month.
If the folks on stage don't go for the easy "I just flew in from Aberdeen, and boy are my arms tired" or "What's the deal with airline food" quips, expect every punter at the ticket counter who thinks it's amateur hour at the Laughateria to try out the shtick on helpless airline staff.
The acts are going to be announced on Virgin Atlantic's Facebook (FB) and Twitter pages, but passengers won't get any notice -- or warning -- about which flights they'll be on. The promotion is a tie-in to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival that runs through Aug. 26, and many of the performers are professional comedians heading to gigs there.
On flights that usually have a two-drink maximum, a full stand-up set in a small flying tube from which there's no escape could be a personal nightmare for performers and passengers alike. Many ar just getting accustomed such things as private viewing screens with multiple channels, myriad supplemental mobile devices they've waited till after takeoff to turn back on and earbuds and noise-canceling headphones that complete the hermetically sealed experience. So, they aren't going to be dragged into this Improv In The Air willingly. That the comics are hitting the aisle for "impromptu" joke telling only compounds the sensory ambush.
Even if it works out well and everybody has a laugh, Virgin's Little Red is giving the comics a short leash. The funny folk get the hook at the end of August, when the airline brings in aspiring musicians for acoustic sets. At a time when airlines charge ever-increasing fees and take away perks like pillows, blankets, meals and legroom, perhaps passengers should be grateful for the freebie.
Still, those September singalongs seem to have all the charm of a middling sidewalk or subway busker's set with none of the comforts of a clear way out.
we need a a laugh after a two- ounce soft drink and a seven- euro bag of chip (yes, singular...as in one freakin' chip).
After all the fees thay charge us and the rip-off of fuel surcharges, Mr. Branson the Jokes on your valued clients. Why hire Comics when you have jackasses working in your managment. They just cost the Airline over 10 million $ last month.
You also now have a side Kick called Delta.
Brilliant business move. The plan is to fill the cabin with bad jokes and then charge a fee for noise-reducing headsets. The jokes on you!
Oh No !! After all the abuse we travelers have received from the airlines, now we must endure comics so bad they can't get club gigs ?? Trapped in my seat with no way out, I will be verbally abused and harassed !?!?! The only way I can possibly cope with a long flight is to chill and relax, but now I won't be able to do that !!! Forget you ... I will be absolutely sure NOT to take one of these flights.
This will sure be a first.
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