Chelsea Hart – Damet Garm: How I Joined a Revolution

Chelsea Hart’s Damet Garm: How I Joined A Revolution is a relaxed and measured show, that is quite restrained in the anger that underwrites it. Hart doesn’t shy away from tackling difficult subjects head on, and there is a fearlessness in their performance as they voice ideas that are accurate and common sense, but nobody else is brave enough to do so.

Incredibly witty one-liners with the odd mix of physical comedy

The main body of Damet Garm : How I Joined A Revolution consists of Hart’s explanation of a video they made on TikTok satirizing the mullahs in Iran during the Iranian protests last year in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, and how it went viral, and their subsequent experience as part of the Iranian protest movement. It’s a truly amazing story that breaks down stereotypes and teaches us about a country and culture that we might not know a lot about beyond what we see in the news. It’s such an incredible and inspiring story, about being open and for being open to the complexities of life.

Hart’s comedy is full of incredibly witty one-liners with the odd mix of physical comedy throughout. They do have a tendency to occasionally keep a bit going beyond what we may find funny. There’s a lot of crowd work involved, but they conduct it in such a friendly manner that it doesn’t seem personal, just light teasing. The end of the show becomes less of a stand-up hour and more like a political rally, and it’s sad that what Hart is saying isn’t just rules that we live by, but things that have to be repeated, and even then can still seem like radical ideas to some people.

If you believe in a world of community and loving towards something instead of hating against it, then Chelsea Hart's show is for you.

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Drawing inspiration from the ongoing Iranian revolution, TikToker turned unexpected voice against the IRGC, Chelsea, explores contrasts between the ground in Iran, and our own increasingly polarised political climate in the West. Iranians have become a beacon of what a united, woman-led, liberation movement looks like. What's the secret ingredient that the West is missing? 'Damet Garm' in Persian translates to 'May your breath stay warm' meaning you're wishing the person to stay alive and healthy. Drawing on their own experiences as an activist, Chelsea asks this and more.

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