Filming and Releasing A Comedy and Music DVD

Be Yourself DsicCall it a DVD.  Call it a special.  Whatever you call it, they’re a lot of work. Both from the business and creative perspective.  I’m blown away by guys like Ralphie May and Louis CK who can write and release a new hour every year. And Louis does that on top of his TV show.

It’s been about 3 years since I last released a new DVD, so I’m about a year late on my own schedule. Time to get on the ball.  So I thought it would be useful for you to watch me go through the process of planning, filming, and releasing this thing.

How Will Comedy Clubs Survive?

Seattle Comedy UndergroundJon Fox, owner of the Seattle Comedy Underground (one of my absolute favorite clubs in the country to perform at), presented an interesting question on his Facebook page recently looking at ideas for how comedy clubs will survive in the face of Netflix, YouTube, On Demand, and the myriad other ways people have of getting their dose of comedy these days.

You can check out the full thread and comments here.

As with anything that involves comedians, the comments involve a good amount of both ridiculous answers and self-interested complaining.  But there are some solid ideas in there too.  I decided to sleep on the idea and this morning, a lot more ideas were in my head.  Too many for a facebook comment.  Not that I have any concrete answers.  If I did, I’d be opening a club.  But I do have some ideas.

How To Build A Comedian or Musician Website Cheaply And Easily – Less than $9/month

comedian websiteThis is pretty much a repost of something I wrote for my artist blog awhile back.  Well before I started Big Whiz Bang.  So I wanted to transfer the info over here so you can keep your resources all in one place. 🙂

There was a discussion the other day among my comedian friends about how to put up a website cheaply and easily.  And it can be done just that way.

Getting A TV Set – An Interview with Sammy Obeid

Sammy ObeidA lot of people talk about hard work.  But few people embody that ethic like Sammy Obeid.  On Sept 21st, 2013, Sammy finished 1001 straight nights of doing comedy sets.

There’s no typo in that sentence.  One thousand nights.  In a row.  No breaks.  I’m pretty sure there’s nothing in the world I want to do for 1000 nights in a row.  I don’t care how much fun it is or how hot she might be.