About this project
FLAW FEST is a double album. The first album is a stand-up comedy show by Joseph Scrimshaw that will be recorded live in Minneapolis at The Bryant-Lake Bowl Theater. The second album will be a collection of original songs inspired by the show. It's a stand-up comedy show with its own soundtrack!
The music album will feature new songs written and recorded by:
NEW MUSICIAN ADDED! The Dregs, a popular comedy folk band will also tackle a new song based on Joseph’s horrible flaws!
That is a shocking amount of awesome in one album!
THE FLAW FEST STORY
My name is Joseph Scrimshaw. I'm a comedian, writer, and flawed human being. I put together a stand-up comedy show about some of my most entertaining flaws including a sloth driven obsession to play bad James Bond video games, a stubborn need to fight with large animals, the idiocy to drink something called a Watermelon Shooter, the hubris to write a rock n' roll song about a helium balloon, and much more.
I was thrilled with the reception of the show so I wanted to record an expanded version, but I also wanted to do something more than just record it as a comedy album.
I wanted to make a music album, too.
I'm lucky enough to know and perform with many incredibly talented musicians so I often think about the different ways comedy and music might interact.
I also wanted to ask other artists to explore the topic of flaws because it's so universal. We all beat ourselves up a lot. Sometimes, when artists beat themselves up, they end up making it a positive thing by creating great comedy and music.
I reached out to some friends and asked if they would be willing to write songs inspired by jokes, stories, ideas, or specific lines from the stand-up show. To my great joy, they said YES!
You'll hear songs called Wife Head, Toilet Sauce, No One Can Hear You (When You Crouch), a brand new song by John Roderick about romancing a bear, and many more.
Even though the songs will be inspired by the comedy show, not all of the songs will necessarily be comedic. Each musician is using something from the show as a starting point and then just following their bliss.
One thing comedians and musicians have in common is that it can be hard to find the inspiration to write new material. I'm thrilled about the weird, fun idea that a stand-up comedy show could be the muse for a bunch of great new music.
LIVE SHOW INFO
Many of the rewards offer tickets to the recording of the stand-up comedy show.
The show will feature an opening performance by Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy of RiffTrax fame and Joseph's hour long FLAW FEST stand-up comedy show. (Bill and Kevin's performance will only be available LIVE, it won't be on the final album, so see it when you can!)
The show will be performed a total of four times: 7 pm and 10 pm on Friday, September 27th and Saturday, September 28th at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
If you select a reward that includes tickets to the show, we’ll send you a survey after the project is funded. We'll ask you to choose which performance you’d like to attend and fill the shows in the order we get the responses.
If you're not from Minneapolis, but want to come in for the show that's great, but rewards don't cover any transportation or lodging.
WHO THE HELL IS JOSEPH SCRIMSHAW?
I was born a small, indecisive baby. I grew up to be a small, kind of decisive comedian and writer. I've done a lot of different kinds of comedy including but not limited to stand-up, sketch, improv, storytelling, being a drummer, playing Banquo in a production of Macbeth that criticized the Iraq War (which is probably what caused the war to end 9 years later), and much more.
I've been successful in my hometown of Minneapolis. My shows at the Minnesota Fringe Festival are consistently among the top ten best-selling shows out of about 170. I've been a featured performer at our big local convention CONvergence. Critics in Minnesota have said a lot of nice things like "hilarious, inventive, fearless, the Cirque Du Soleil of Minneapolis Comedy." My plays Adventures in Mating, An Inconvenient Squirrel, The Worst Show in the Fringe, and My Monster (written with Bill Corbett) have been performed all over the world.
But the last few years I've been working hard to build a national career and it's been going well. I've performed places like JoCoCruiseCrazy, w00tstock in San Diego, SF SketchFest, Dragon*Con, and more. I started a podcast called Obsessed that's been listed as a staff favorite on iTunes. I wrote I book called Comedy of Doom and successfully funded its publication through a Kickstarter project. You can watch or listen to more of my comedy adventures on my website. Here's a video of me having a half-improvised Star Trek adventure with Wil Wheaton.
FLAW FEST is a perfect example of what I want to be doing with my career and life. It's a stand-up comedy show mixed with elements of all the other comedy experiences I've had--a little improv, a little storytelling, a little theatre, no drumming. I hope the show is like me--smart, funny, fairly short, a little bitter. It's comedy that is very personal but hopefully also universal and I think the songs inspired by the show will bear that out.
For my career to move forward, it's a huge help to have a pro-level recording of a show like this. If you back this project you'll help produce a new comedy album, a new music album, and you'll help me reach my goal to share my comedy with anyone who might enjoy it. No matter where they live. Even Canada.
THAT'S ALL NICE, BUT WHERE'S THE MONEY GOING?
A huge amount of the funds will go to pay the amazing musicians for the time to write and record new songs.
Another large chunk of the funds will go toward hiring experienced professionals to record, edit, mix, and master the live comedy album.
The remainder will go to renting the space, the design and printing of the physical CDs, and rewards!
WHAT IF YOU GET EXTRA FUNDS BEYOND YOUR INITIAL GOAL?
Possible stretch goals include adding more songs and getting high-end design for the CD artwork. If we're lucky enough to have this "problem" we're also happy to hear what YOU want!
Thanks to Bill Stiteler and Studio Meddling for helping me with the video and Dennis Zerwas, Jr. for the live performance photo. Also, many thanks to Jason Roop for providing the video from the performance on JoCoCruiseCrazy III.
Most of all, thank you for your time and interest in the project!
Risks and challenges
There are definitely potential obstacles to this project, but all the artists involved have the track record to overcome them.
The comedy show itself is written and will be road tested and tweaked even more before the final recordings.
We've got the venue booked. It's one we've worked with many times before. Of course, it's always possible that the theater starts on fire, but as long as we can get everyone out safely that might make for an interesting comedy album.
We've produced at the Bryant Lake Bowl a lot and while there can always be confusion with any ticketed event, we've got full control over the tickets and a lot of experience with putting up shows like this.
We've already contacted experienced professionals with lengthy resumes to handle the recording, editing, mixing, and mastering of both the comedy album and the music album.
The song aren't written yet so they're subject to some change. But all the musicians are seasoned pros with years of experience at writing, performing, and recording their work. They're all busy professionals, too, so it's possible some career opportunity might come up that takes their time away from this project. But they're all excited and wouldn't make a commitment without intending to follow through.
The final step is producing the CDs, digital downloads, and other rewards. Not only have we previously produced my comedy album VERBING THE NOUN, we also produced the COMEDY OF DOOM Kickstarter and delivered the book and rewards to many happy funders!
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