Horizon Worlds Spotlight: The Soapstone Comedy Club

Oculus Blog
May 13, 2022

Welcome back to our weekly spotlight on the people building for Horizon Worlds and their amazing creations.

Last week, we talked to BuffyBuffers about how Horizon Worlds became a central part of her life after the pandemic interrupted her career in music. And we heard about how she’s building community and having a ton of fun producing TV shows in-world.

This week, we tickled our funny bones and spent some time at The Soapstone Comedy Club, the terrific laugh factory from the creator (and recovery coach) known in Horizon Worlds as unemployed_alcoholic.

Danish-American comedian Victor Borge once said that “laughter is the shortest distance between two people.” In today’s world, where there are divisions just about everywhere we look, we’re all in serious need of something that brings us together. And so Borge’s words, emblazoned on a wall in the backstage area at the Soapstone, point the way towards what Horizon Worlds is all about in the first place—more connection.

Because the Soapstone is, well, a comedy club, it's a great place for anyone who wants to get up in front of a live audience to try out their comedic material. But if you’re someone with musical or spoken word talent, don’t worry, it doesn’t leave you behind—the stage is open to everyone.

Still, the Soapstone’s chief goal is clearly manifesting Borge’s message, as expressed by a sign at the front of the club: “This place is great because of the incredible community adopting it as a safe place to laugh.”

And indeed, safety for all guests is important. We all know that even well-meaning comedy can come with a sting. But at the Soapstone, there’s a reminder on the wall that performers need to follow Horizon Worlds’ policies and be respectful of each other.

That means that sometimes, it’s all dad jokes all the time. One evening, for example, as he took the stage, OcuLos410 indulged in a little applause-in-VR joke: “Let’s see some controllers slapping together out there,” he cracked.

But ultimately, the Soapstone is about providing a place for folks to shine—maybe for the first time in their life. So while some performers have experience, others have surely never tried before because going up in front of an audience can be terrifying. If doing it as an avatar helps them get over their stage fright, then the Soapstone is doing a wonderful public service.

And hey, the club also celebrates that there’s no one who doesn’t have at least one or two loose marbles. “We are all here because we’re not all there,” read the words high on a wall over the Soapstone’s main area.

The Soapstone has performances nearly every day—story hour Sunday nights at 8:00 pm ET, a musical showcase on Fridays at 9:30 pm ET, improv on Thursdays at 9:00 pm ET, and best of all, open mics all day every day. Come take your shot on stage or put your controllers together for someone else. Let’s laugh!