Please enjoy this tiny comedy club and video library
Is there anything better than a miniature? Whether it’s attention to detail or the satisfaction of watching a hamster going into town on a little burrito, miniature versions of everyday things can warm even the coldest hearts. Unsurprisingly, midlife has awakened the long-dormant hobby gene in many countries around the world, and luckily a few miniature makers are sharing their masterpieces with the rest of us.
Earlier this week, the game designer Melissa Kay posted videos from MK Video, an adorably welcoming video store, complete with snacks, magazines, flashing neon signs, and a legitimate horror section (from our perspective, we’re spotting copies of CHUD, The Gate, Evil Deadand other classics of video libraries). Of course, what cinephile church would be complete without an Elvira cut to oversee the proceedings – Kay knows what she’s doing. MK Video is the perfect balm for that nostalgic itch, and you don’t have to buy expensive Blockbuster merchandise to enjoy it.
Kay says this is her first nook in a book, a “tiny dioramas that fits perfectly on your shelf between books” which are undoubtedly “very cute”. It took Kay about four weeks to complete it, and the devil is in the details. “The tapes alone probably took me about a good week and a lot of trial and error,” she wrote via Twitter DM.
I sculpted some of the toys, radio, etc., built shelves, made mini magazines with real magazine pages, and picked up the open “flashing” sign on eBay. Learning how to make the vhs neon sign was probably the biggest challenge – I had never worked with LEDs before. Overall I’m happy with the result – I know my next few will be even better. I’m learning to integrate sound and video into futuristic cyberpunk right now!
Comedian “Haha Hole” sits right next to MK Video Sara schaferis an incredibly realistic tiny comedy club. Schafer spared no expense on building, building a little green room (complete with a charging iPhone, veggie plate, cheese, and crackers, of course), show posters, songlists, and a beautiful wall of fame of autographed portraits of regulars at “Haha Hole”.
Schaefer has always been a lover of the little things, but he became obsessed with the idea of making a comedy club in the 1:12 scale of a normal club. It would take time. “It took me about a month, putting long days (sometimes 14 hours) to complete the project,” she wrote via Twitter DM. And just like Kay, who let her love for VHS tapes run the project, Schaefer reflected on her own life in comedy for inspiration. my place in it.
The comedian also allowed the miniature to make late corrections to today’s club scene. “When I started working on portraits, I thought it would be great to present actors that I love. Dioramas and dollhouses are, after all, a type of fantasy, ”she wrote. “But then I realized that it would be funny to make all-female actors, except for two men. The reverse of what you see in many clubs across the country. The men I chose were Top carrot and Jeff Dunham because I kind of wanted men to feel like women when they scour the club wall looking for the “token” women. Are these two women people you are in a relationship with? Two people you find funny?
As the HaHa Hole project developed, Schaefer filled in the gaps in the club’s backstory, creating a club owner named Teensy, “a keeper, with her own erratic tastes that everyone has to reckon with. .
The gratification of scanning these miniatures for the smallest detail is matched, Sara says, only with the understanding gleaned from building one:
It got me thinking about how comedy clubs are, by their very nature, little boxes unable to adapt to the vast universe of talent that exists. Hopefully that doesn’t sound too philosophical, but when you spend ten hours trying to make microscopic hinges work on a mini-fridge, you start to think more deeply about what you’re doing and why. I plan to do more with the mini club and I am delighted! It is one of the most inspiring things I have ever created.
The only thing to do is hope that one of the quarantine enthusiasts has built a shrinking ray that will allow us to enter these little places for real. Or maybe they’ll post a video of a hamster eating a piece of popcorn, whichever comes first, really.