Thank you again to everyone who came out to the Comedy Castle this past weekend for my CD release party….and thank you especially to those of you who supported this new album in advance through my Kickstarter!
Now is the chance for everyone else to get their hands on my third album “nowadays.“. I’m really proud of this one. While it’s the dirtiest thing I’ve ever put out there, it’s also the most personal. The CD opens with a little skit that kind of harkens back to the old comedy specials from the 80s and 90s. It’s silly.
I’m really proud of the design of the CD as well. Comedian Jeff Dwoskin nailed the meaning right away. I’m looking away from a run down ice cream truck lot, which signifies the past not being as great as we remember, to the blue skies and open opportunities ahead.
My friend Chris Capaul from the punk band Capaul was at the album recording. Afterwards he said something that really meant a lot to me. He noticed that each joke kind of had a message. Sometimes the message is buried deep, but it’s there. And yeah, that’s true. I’ve always been a firm believer in the fact that it’s a privilege to be able to speak to large groups of people and that privilege should be used for good. So once you get past the sex toys, shit and other body functions, there is a message there.
nowadays is available on all the digital distribution sites like iTunes, Amazon and cdbaby. If you would like a physical copy you can paypal me at email@example.com. $10 for the album for anyone in the U.S. $12 outside of the U.S. Every purchase of the album will also get a free BONUS GIFT while supplies last!
My previous album “Full Frontal Nerdity” is also available for the same price. Order both for $15 in the U.S. or $17 if you’re anti-American. Anti-American….that’s the correct term, right? No?
Thank you again everyone!
I’m getting ready to record my third comedy CD and I’m super excited! This one is going to be recorded on June 6th at 8pm at Go Comedy! Improv Theater in Ferndale. Here’s the poster.
This new CD is going to be called “nowadays” and I’m really proud of the material. It’s a lot more personal than stuff I’ve written in the past. Since recording the second one, I got to work with Marc Maron a few times as well as Louis CK. You can’t share a stage with heavy hitters like that and not come out a better comedian. Here’s the pitch for “nowadays“….which I totally know doesn’t sound that funny on paper…I start looking inside my brain and talk about how and why I react to obstacles and the things that cause me stress and anxiety in my life. Don’t worry…there are still poop jokes. Oh…this is the rough version of what the cover for that CD will look like.
My last CD “Full Frontal Nerdity” is good. I think I developed more as a joke writer, but there isn’t really a definitive thru-line to the material. My favorite track on it is “Titty Bars” which to this day may be the most personal thing I ever wrote. It’s a surreal bit about how I’m afraid of topless bars because I’m worried something bad will happen to me if I go…meanwhile a whole slew of great things happen, but all I do is focus on the negative. Yep, that’s how my broken brain works.
My first CD “Mikey Pooh” is an okay first effort. I have a hard time listening to it, but a Gamestop manager recently told me that it was his favorite of mine because he could tell I was still managing a Gamestop myself at the time. What I do like about this album is that it has a beginning, middle and an end. It follows me through a fictional day and ends with callbacks to earlier bits. I think maybe the best stand up special ever is Eddie Murphy “Delirious” because when he hits that last joke you know it’s his last joke. So often when you watch stand up, it’s joke one, joke two, joke three, goodnight. Where did that come from?
“nowadays” will hopefully capture the best elements of my first two CDs. I feel like the writing is stronger and more personal than ever, but there’s also a real thru-line. The material goes in a logical flow and everything does wrap up at the end. In fact, I’ve written so much material for this album that I’ve been putting some newer bits on the back burner because they just didn’t fit the story I wanted to tell this time. The first two CDs were pretty much everything I had at the time.
I’ll have information really soon about how you can pre-order “nowadays”.
Thank you so much!
Want to find out how you can get a physical copy of my most recent CD “Full Frontal Nerdity” for only five bucks? That’s half the price that you can download it for digitally!
Either shoot me a message on Facebook, E-mail or Twitter with your address and send $5 via Paypal and I’ll shoot you out a copy…..plus…..for as long as there is ink in my Sharpie, I’ll even sign and/or doodle on them for you!
Links to my Facebook and Twitter are on the right side of this screen and you can shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My CD “Full Frontal Nerdity” is available in just about every online place where you can get sound things.
If you already have it, you can still help me out tremendously by leaving a review. When albums get reviewed, the digital distribution sites look at other things you liked and they know to recommend it to people with similar interests. So by writing a review, you’re helping me get in touch with people neither of us know. You’re becoming a Bobbitt Acolyte! Bobbolyte?
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Okay, here’s the scoop. Here’s a pass for you to print out so you can come to the CD Release Party at the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase a week from today. You just have to make sure that you make reservations now though. The show is filling up quickly and without a reservation you won’t be guaranteed a seat. Reservations can be made by calling 734-996-9080 or online at www.aacomedy.com.
Hope to see you there.
Yep, I quoted old school Suicidal Tendencies to kick this off.
I can’t look at the FedEx logo without seeing the arrow between the E and the X now. I recently saw an article online that pointed out a bunch more that I never noticed.
All the proofs for my new CD “Full Frontal Nerdity” were finalized this week and the order is being processed. I’m super excited for it. Roger from the Ann Arbor Comedy Showcase has been gracious enough to host my CD release party on September 22nd. He even let me put together a super awesome line up that I handpicked. The show will open with Jeff Conolly who was part of my birthday show where we recorded the CD. Comedian/Derby Girl/Cool Chick Amy Probst, who I’m a big fan of, will be next, followed by the super awesome Allyson Hood. Allyson has a guest appearance on my CD. Mike O’Keefe, who also makes an appearance on my CD is next and then finally it’s me. I’ll have free passes for this show too. I really can’t wait for the 22nd!
I also had a meeting with the Red Cross this week. On October 25th a bunch of us will be roasting Dracula to benefit the Red Cross. So lots of great things up ahead.
Thursday I did a set at the Painted Lady. I’ve been going through a lot of stress and well…went on stage with a lot of baggage. It was cringe worth, but therapeutic. Trevor Smith had two new bits that were so awesome that it made me want to quit comedy for a minute. He and I will be hitting the road together in a couple weeks to head to Goonie’s in Rochester, Minnesota.
After the Painted Lady a lot of us headed over to Go Comedy. I did an interview for an internet project. It was fun and silly. I love the camaraderie of hanging out with comedians. In spite of my little melt down, it was a great night.
On Saturday I headed up to The Bull Ring in Goodrich, Michigan. Vicky, who runs the place, likes to make sure her customers have regular comedy, so this show was sort of a lead in to the start of their normal season. I didn’t know it was only a one person show, so I was glad that Allyson Hood came out for a guest set. She ended up opening the show and really set the stage for me. That show ended up being great!
Sunday I met up with one of my oldest friends, Jeff Sanguis to work on a project with him for his website Nerding Out. Jeff was the lead singer of Detroit ska legends Telegraph. We’ve been buddies since we were teenagers and stayed close because of our mutual dorkiness. Jeff and I both bought Bonnie Burton’s Star Wars crafting book, so we ended up rolling tape while we each picked a project to make. It was great catching up with him again, especially while dorking out!
The good folks at Laff Tracks let me put together a little show for Friday, January 28th. The from guy (me) who brought you the Desperate Houseguys and The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly…check out Full Frontal Nerdity!
The show features a line up handpicked by yours truly, the Grande Gallo! You’ve got Erik “Mundillo Culato” Kitter, Jeff “Blanco Esqueleto” Scheen, Mike “Anciano Hombre” O’Keefe and Jeff “Otro Tipo” Arcuri.
It’s an 8:00 show. Tickets are $12 at the door, but here’s the neat thing…if you make reservations in advance, you can save $2 off the admission!
It really be a fun show. During the slow time for comedy last summer I started hitting open mic shows and the passion and energy that these guys have really sparked a new vigor and excitement in me. All four of them are simply wonderful and I’m glad that Laff Tracks let me put this show together.
Laff Tracks is located at 30850 Beck Road inside Breaktime Billiards in Novi, MI. You can make reservations by calling 313-694-3236.