Last September, I drove from Austin to New Orleans by myself. I was feeling some serious stand-up inertia at the time. At some point during the eight hour drive I decided to record an EP. A smaller project than a full album, but one that could get some more material out there and get me working toward something.
ColdTowne Theater is a comedy venue that’s extremely important to me (and a whole bunch of other people). It’s a comedy clubhouse, a place to experiment, run by and filled with people who love comedy.
Carina Magyar and Sam Harter gave me the greenlight to record at their weekly stand-up showcase, the long-running Live at ColdTowne. Sam & Tai Nguyen would host. I asked Kerri Lendo and Aaron Brooks to fill out the line-up. Dustin Svelhak was down to record it.
I was thinking of self-releasing it, but Sure Thing Records honchos Brendan K. O’Grady and Duncan Carson were their usual supportive selves, and offered to plug it into their release schedule.
So now I have an EP. You can pre-order it here on iTunes or here on Bandcamp. It’s about 30 minutes of stand-up and surprises. The recording begins about 30 seconds after Brendan had to toss out some loud drunks. That’s live comedy for you.
Maybe you’ve heard the phrase “follow the fun” before. It comes up in improv a lot. Find the most fun part of a scene, attack that and don’t worry about the other stuff.
Right now, some of the most fun I’m having on stage is when Aaron Brooks and I play these characters – Knuck Deep, the freestyle country music legends. Starting next Wednesday, Barrel O’ Fun, the brand new bar at the brand new Alamo Drafthouse Mueller is letting Knuck Deep host a brand new monthly stand-up showcase: Six Shooter! Every show, we’re putting up six of our favorite comedians in town. These line-ups will be all killer – we’d never book a show we wouldn’t want to watch. Plus, we’ll be hosting it in-character as Knuck Deep. The show will be the 2nd Wednesday of every month (until the bar gets sick of us)/
So next Wednesday, come see Matt Bearden headline the very first Six Shooter. It’s worth it just to check out how awesome the Barrel O’Fun is.
Oh and it’s free. More money for beer or sodee pop.
As much as you might want to forget this year, it happened and there’s no changing that. The least we can do is roast the shit out of it. It’s the 4th annual Year in Review. Over 40 comedians recap the year with short Weekend Update-style jokes, plus some surprises. I’ll be co-hosting this puppy along with the boys of Bounce House (Aaron Brooks & Andrew Murphy). All proceeds go to the ACLU. Click here to see the full line-up, and save a few bucks by buying tickets in advance.
Yeah, I made the poster. Yeah, I was just looking at Mike Mitchell’s art the whole time. Steal from the best!
Cap City Comedy Club asked me to do some shows the week before Christmas. I’ve put together four fun nights of A Cap City Christmas. I’m structuring it like an old TV special, except I’ll try to sing as little as possible. We will have stand-up from some of my favorite performers in Austin, a little music, and some surprise bits. I think these shows will be pretty special so if you’re in town, come on out. Check out the line-ups for each night and then get yourself some tickets.
On December 9th, I’ll be recording an EP (a lil album) on the show Live at ColdTowne. The EP will be released sometime next year on Sure Thing Records. It should be a fun show – Aaron Brooks & Kerri Lendo are also on the bill and the show will be hosted by Sam Harter and Tai Nguyen. I’m very excited about recording something at ColdTowne. It’s an intimate venue, so if you want to go, getting advance tickets is highly recommended.
Here’s a stupid video Kyle Sweeney and I made in a couple hours.
I’m going on a brief Southern run (and then back to Texas) with my comedy pals Aaron Brooks and Danny Palumbo. we’re calling it the Single-A Champs Comedy Tour. We have a lot of very fun shows lined-up and with some very cool people (including Ryan Singer!). If you have friend in these cities, invite’em to a show! Dates, venues, and more are located on the shows page.