TJ Miller and I, along with The Laugh Factory, are proud to announce a fundraiser for Josh Adam Meyers Monday February 6th at 8pm. We are currently fine-tuning the line-up, working up a flier etc. We have some surprise guests, but confirmed thus far:
(this is the letter I wrote to rep. becerra, rep. feinstein, and sen. boxer. i encourage you to do the same.)
Dear Elected Officials,
If you guys knew me, you’d know it’s hard for me to say this, but, I’m an artist. I personally feel that “artist” is a title that should be given to a creative person by society when they have come up with something that is able to spark feelings in strangers. However, all this talk about PIPA/SOPA supposedly “helping artists” has convinced me to reconsider, for the moment.
I am an artist. A stand-up comic to be specific. I’m young so there aren’t any opportunities for me to make money doing it, yet. See, the way stand-up comedy usually works is, you do it for free in the WORST places in the world for at least five years. I’ve done stand-up to a crowd of meth heads, two of which were literally punching each other on top of a pool table. I’ve done stand-up in a hallway between two art galleries where I had to, WHILE TELLING MY JOKES, convince people to sit down in the hallway and watch me.
Why do I submit myself to this? For free? Because I have to. Because there’s something inside of me that for whatever mix of nature and nurture in my body, just must come out of me. I have something that I need to share with people. (This is where SOPA/PIPA comes in, I promise.)
Without oases like Vimeo and Youtube, the only folks seeing my stand-up would be 6 people in a dank bar, 4 of whom don’t speak english and/or actively hate comedy.
It’s said that SOPA/PIPA protect artists? I must disagree wholeheartedly. They do no such thing. They will keep us up-and-comers in obscurity, and moreover, truly make our lives worse by not allowing us to creatively express ourselves and finally find our audience.
According to witness Jon Mishner, self-styled comedian “California Thunder” had been heckling other comedians during a recent open mic at the Hollywood Hotel. Upon taking the stage he engaged with someone sitting in front aggressively after which he was struck in the head with a beer…
My first cover story and I couldn’t be in better company! The January issue of RE:COMEDY Magazine features stories on lil’ ol’ me and some of my best pals and favorite comedians working today: Eddie Pepitone, Aparna Nancherla, Josh Androsky and so many more!