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Hoping to bring my one-man show to the people of the East Coast - specifically  Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland and Washington, D.C.
Hoping to bring my one-man show to the people of the East Coast - specifically Boston, Atlanta, Cleveland and Washington, D.C.
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Seems weird to type this when there’s a perfectly good video up there; I’m much better at talking than typing, but here goes…

I’ve been a standup comedian for twenty years, and host of “The 40 Year Old Boy” podcast for four. In early 2010, several listeners approached me about doing a live, one-man show version of the podcast. Seemed like a daunting task, but with the help of many people I did two nights in San Francisco in August of that year, and the response was overwhelming. Listeners flew in from Canada, Texas, Florida; I was stunned, and realized that maybe this was something I could – and should – be doing more of.

Taking a cue from Paul F. Tompkins’ “Tompkins 300” idea, listeners would start pages on Facebook to bring me to their cities. When I would see momentum on a page I would comb Google looking for venues, then book a date as soon as I found the right situation. I want to do this show in as many cities as I can … and that’s where you come in.

I pay out of pocket for everything on these shows: travel, lodging, theater rental, food, merchandise. I take the ticket sales to cover my expenses and recycle any profit right back into setting up a show in another city. I’m based in Los Angeles, so performances in West Coast cities have fallen into place fairly quickly. My trips to New York and Philadelphia, however, showed I would need a lot more legwork – and cash – to play rooms on the East Coast with any regularity.

The performances are constantly changing and evolving in every city, and I’m proud of my work and where the show is heading. I’m not doing these shows to get rich; I’m doing them to get better at the thing I’m best at, and to meet the people who have supported what has been the single most enjoyable creative endeavor of my life. I hope you’ll take the time to view the video, and do what you can to support my project … oh, and check out “The 40 Year Old Boy” podcast, available in iTunes. I’ve heard it’s great.

Thanks, I appreciate it.  

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    Oh, there won't be any reward … but when you die, on your deathbed, you will receive total consciousness. So you’ll have that goin' for you, which is nice.

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    Remember “Fight Club” when everyone chanted “His Name Is Robert Paulson”? Donate $10.00 and I’ll thank you on “The 40 Year Old Boy” podcast by replacing Robert Paulson’s name with yours. Let’s hope you receive a better fate.

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    The above, plus I’ll send you a handwritten thank-you note on hotel stationery from one of the four cities listed. In addition, I’ll also send you a mystery CD from my personal collection. You could get my autographed copy of Rick Springfield’s “Karma”; you might wind up with that one good Macy Gray album. Luck of the draw, my friends. (International shipping rates will apply where applicable)

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    All of the above, plus an exclusive 40YOB screensaver created by 40YOB show artist David Hernandez. I’ll need your email address for this, and probably your phone number. Okay, not your phone number. Not yet.

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    All of the above, plus you get to choose a tour shirt from any of the four cities we’re funding here. Be the envy of all of your (insert name of peer group here) when you wear this garment to (insert name of function here) on (insert name of holiday or special occasion here). (International shipping rates will apply where applicable)

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    All of the above, plus I will personally call you on your birthday or anniversary. You can feel free to bore me with details of all the gifts you received that pale in comparison to our chat, or you can just sit there while I bore you with whatever nonsense I can come up with. For this one, I will need a phone number – preferably yours.

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    All of the above, plus David and I will create a custom audio promo featuring your name for use on “The 40 Year Old Boy” podcast. Think of it: your name being shouted by Thorgar and Yeep, or bandied about by the hosts of “The Jerkoff Journals”. You might even find yourself in the next Interlude. Oh, how I wish I were you.

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    All of the above, plus a framed and autographed print of any previous 40YOB show art or “Explosion Of Id”. Yes, autographed - by me, 40YOB producer Lili VonSchtupp, AND 40YOB Show Artist David Hernandez. How is this not more expensive? I’m insane. (International shipping rates will apply where applicable)

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    All of the above, plus 40YOB show artist David Hernandez will create and frame a custom watercolor caricature of childhood you and Lil’ Schmitty. Gonna need a picture of you for this one, as well as a little patience on turnaround time; personalized work takes time, but it will be well worth the wait. This can also be autographed, but you’ll need to request that via email - don’t want to muck up this one-of-a-kind piece unless you really want me to. (International shipping rates will apply where applicable)

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    All of the above, plus two show tickets for and an autographed set list from your choice of any the four cities we’re funding here. I'll also treat you to a meal, either after the show that night or before I fly out the next morning. Act fast, as there are only four of these available … y’know, ‘cause there are only four cities being funded. I feel like I’m providing too much information here…

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    All of the above, plus you sponsor an entire episode of “The 40 Year Old Boy” podcast, with all that entails. I’ll say some nice things about you, and I’ll say some crass things about you … but the important thing is I’ll be saying things about YOU, right? It’s just the Internet; not like it’s gonna be around forever or anything.

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    All of the above, plus the next time you’re in Los Angeles I’ll treat you to a night at two of the places most often mentioned on the podcast: sushi at Katsu-ya, and a movie of your choice at the Arclight Cinerama Dome. Later that magical evening we’ll take the “40YOB Landmark Drive” around the city and then - depending on what kind of shape I’m in at the time of redemption - if you so choose I’ll happily accept your challenge of a footrace. If I lose, you are obligated to provide a rematch if I ask for one; if I win, no rematch will be given, and I will most likely laugh at and mock you openly.

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    None of the above - I will cancel this tour and report immediately to your home or place of business, ready to do my show as soon as you say the word. I will follow you night and day until my show is completed, stopping and starting the narrative at your convenience. I will then thank you profusely and offer to buy you lunch, secretly hoping you refuse so I can get on with my life.

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