I've been doing stand up comedy for a long time. I've had the pleasure of opening up for some big names, performing at Casinos and losing any money I made, as well as in clubs and at colleges. At one point in my career I appeared with Weird Al on MTV! Weird Al! That's a big deal to me. But comedically one of the most profound things happened to me at noon in a coffee shop in Costa Mesa.
For reasons I still don't understand this particular coffee shop hosted an open mic at noon on Saturday. Because hey, who doesn't like listening to comics yell into a tin sounding microphone when all you really wanted was a cup of coffee while your car was being serviced next door. One of the weirdest and one of my favorite little rooms to work out material in.
It was in this coffee shop where the stakes could not have been lower that I did my first brutally honest joke about my relationship with my father. It was very raw and even at noon on a damn Saturday people responded. It was amazing. It made me think about comedy in a way I hadn't quite before.
My goal is to put on a show rooted largely in things that are real. It's not all going to be suicide thoughts and funerals, although yeah, it will be that too. Some of it is pretty silly stuff, but all of it is honest material that I'm very proud to have developed and that I want to put out in the world the right way. Three cameras, a proper set, professionally produced final comedy product.
The set will evoke the look of a funeral. My funeral. If you could deliver your own eulogy, with the opportunity to sum up your life, your thoughts, your fears and loves, what would you say, instead of a well meaning priest who probably didn't know you that well.
Risks and challenges
At this point, the material is ready. I have a production team in place, and we're ready to go. The biggest challenge is the art direction for the set, because that's not my skill set. I am fortunate though to have wonderful artists excited to work on this project. And I'm equally pleased to have people give me an honest appraisal of the budgetary requirements to follow this project from start to finish.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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