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.
- (60 days)