Photo courtesy of Migizi Pensoneau The 1491s with Jason Jones of “The Daily Show.” Editor’s note: Last night “The Daily Show” aired a controversial segment…
devices of power and privilege
Got Chip Zdarsky to draw me a headshot of Dazzler at Edmonton Expo and got a bonus Hawkeye Initiative pose.
Speakeasy - John Mulaney
Oh look, it’s my two favourite comedians talking to each other. Again, this is Speakeasy, the webshow where Paul F. Tompkins interviews Hollywood types over drinks. It is always funny and interesting, so go watch it already!
Seriously, this one has 29 views right now, and two of those are me.
Currently accepting podcast recommendations serious bring them on, looking for one or two new good ones to listen to (bonus points for an an interesting story/narrative based show, or something that not the same three white dude comedians trying to be funny, thought that can…
Check out Wham Bam Pow and RISK!
The former is a Sci Fi and Action movie podcast hosted by Cameron Esposito, Rhea Butcher, and Ricky Carmona. It’s fun as heck.
The latter is a live show hosted by Kevin Allison featuring guests and audience members telling true stories that can get a little NSFW.
RISK! can occasionally cross in to some triggering stories of abuse or molestation, so maybe skip that one if that is an issue.
But Wham Bam Pow is all good times all the time. I have relistened to the Ninja II episode a half a dozen times.
Since 2/3rds of your list is in my RSS feed, those are my educated recommendations that aren’t three white guys.
Park sign installed today.
Q: So, you want to start a record label?
A: YES, because I hate my money and want to do something that’ll be fun.
In 2007, my friends Ryan McManemin and Matt “sasquatch” Belknap started a comedy record label. Jen Kirkman and I were the first two releases. I had only been doing comedy for a handful of years and wasn’t anywhere close to thinking I was allowed to put out any sort of “comedy album” (although Jen’s “Self Help” is a classic and needed to be released). But, having been a part of Scott Aukerman and BJ Porters “Mbar/Comedy Death Ray” scene I had become friends with Ryan, as we were both punk rock kids that were now at comedy shows all the time. I had always thought it would be neat to treat my comedy as if it were a band. By making buttons, stickers, and of course, putting out a 7” record. The 7” record is usually a punk/indie bands first release, and I never got to a point with any of my bands to do it. So, when Ryan asked me if I was interested in doing exactly that, I couldn’t say no.
Patton Oswalt, who I describe as the current comedy scene’s combined Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Black Flag (not only that he helped pave a way, but paved it with the added intent on helping those around him), brought up the notion that people will start to follow comics like they follow musicians. In the way that you’ll get a bands early single, and then see them develop and become better musicians/songwriters. He even, with Chunklet’s Henry Owings, put out a split with The Melvins.
So if that then what? Well, I was tired of saying “Somebody should…” or “Wouldn’t it be cool if…”
So, with AST RECORDS I am now starting my own imprint label:
LITERALLY FIGURATIVE RECORDS
I am gonna put out the stuff I like in the hopes that other people will too. Also, to maybe shed some light on some comics and bands that I really dig that people may not know about. This is a comedy label, this is a music label, this is probably some weird vanity project. Fuck it, though.
What’s in store for releases?
- -Vinyl of NICK YOUSSEF’S DEBUT ALBUM “STOP NOT OWNING THIS”
- -THE DEBUT 7” RECORD OF ONE OF MY FAVORITE NEW LA COMEDIANS “PAIGE WELDON”
- -The first LP from the legendary MATT DWYER
And this is the fun one, a split 7” series with a comic on one side and band they are friends with on the other called:
THE MUTUAL APPRECIATION SOCIETY!
Releases in this continuing series to include…
- Sean O’connor / Upset
- Matt Mira / Jenny Owen Youngs
- Alex Hooper / FARTBARF
- Wil Wheaton / Nerf Herder
- Kyle Clark / Chris Ferren (from Fake Problems)
- Jonah Ray (that’s me!) / Mikal Cronin
- Powerviolence / Powerviolence
- Rhea Butcher / G.S. Schray
And more as we go a long, but l don’t want to get too ahead of myself.
All this will be done under the guidance of Ryan and Matt from AST RECORDS as well as be distributed by them.
I don’t know if this will be good, I DO know that it will be fun.
Holy shit the Mutual Appreciation Society idea sounds fucking fantastic.
Sign me up!