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At one point, I was three-and-a-half months behind on posting videos of my stand-up comedy sets on the Internet. By dint of steady application, I got to the point where I was only two weeks behind. I was almost feeling depressed about catching up. It’s a feeling of what’s next? Actually, I still have some loose ends: uploading the rest of my videos to my Facebook fan page at http://www.artist.to/chrismartin and sorting out the remaining MP3 files to upload. My biggest priority is to figure out which MP3s to upload to iTunes, where I have over 1,400 subscribers to my podcast.

There are two schools of thought about video uploads. There’s Sarah Silverman‘s (see below). Silverman seems to feel that people who watch a crappy cellphone video won’t want to watch her HBO special. I don’t buy that. A more plausible objection is that internet video may catch work that is in progress, work that hasn’t been polished. On the other hand, there’s Russell Peters, whose career really started taking off once his work surfaced on YouTube.

My own perspective is that a lot of what I do is topical so if I don’t get it out now, it’s going to be of limited interest in the future.

Last month, I got a Sony digital recorder which I’m now using to record sets instead of stripping the audio off the video. Now it’s a matter of deciding which are the best sets out of several to upload to iTunes (I usually do the same set two or three times before retiring it).  The sound quality with the Sony recorder is better than the audio I was capturing with Canon PowerShot. My next step will be to buy a Sony stereo mic, which take the sound to the next level. Unfortunately, Last.fm discontinued on-demand streaming of tracks which I thought was the best way for indie producers to share audio content. However,  they’ve brought that feature back. SoundCloud limits the content to one hour unless you want to pay.

The good news is that Mufin.com, which is similar to Pandora and Last.fm in that it has an algorithm which allows you to discover similar content you may like, and which I recently started using, does allow on-demand streaming. Since I’ve just started recording other stand-up comedians for my label, Salty Tongue Records, with the Sony recorder, I’ll probably set up a label page at Mufin.com. I also want to start podcasting the recent tracks I’ve  recorded of stand-up comedians like Robb Loving, Bill Metzger, David Marie-Garland and Blake Midgette. The departure of Blake and Robb for Austin will leave a big hole in the Richmond and DC comedy scenes.

Also on my to-do list: taking and putting up some publicity photos, putting together a web site using Serif’s WebX2, buying a Kodak Zi8 camcorder, putting together a CD, doing some more publicity work and possibly accessorizing the computer some more.

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Poster by Chris Martin

The Blake Midgette Roast poster by Chris Martin

One of Richmond, Virginia‘s best comedians and all around well-rounded bastards is leaving us for Austin. Let’s send him off right. Your Roasters for the evening will be James Paulk, Jared Cullum, Bill Metzger, David Marie-Garland, Kenny Wingle, Jeff Curran, Jason Klingman, Chris Martin, Brown Frown the Clown, and Ron Rogers, with your Roastmaster Joe Hafkey. So come out, get drunk, and see if we can make Blake cry! – Joe Hafkey

Cafe Diem, Monday, May 31, 10-2 pm

Schmap for the roast: http://www.schmap.it/ykczl9

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Stand-up comedians: Phrasers on stun

Stand-up comedians: Phrasers on stun

Album cover for Salty Tongue Record’s latest album, “Stand-up comedians: Phrasers on stun,” on Last.fm featuring David Marie-Garland and Bill Metzger.

Cameldy 3.5

Stand-up comedy showcase at the Camel, Richmond, VA

Poster for Cameldy at the Camel 3.5 – “Yo Momma” – in Sunday, May 9, 2010 in Richmond, Virginia, a stand-up comedy showcase presented by Dave Hamrick. Poster by Dave Hamrick. From left, David Marie-Garland, Bill Metzger, John Reaves, Joe Hafkey, Chris Martin, Roy Rogers and Jared Cullum.

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Road Dogs Tour at Wabi-Sabi

Super Friends Camp stand-up comedy show

March 28, 2010 at the New York Deli, Richmond, VA

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Cartoon showing baby representing New Year 190...
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Tuesday’s That Ain’t Right Comedy Night at Fallout wasn’t as well attended by comedians (down to six from around 12 the first time out) but there was a larger audience and they were more responsive. My set was a mix of new and older material. I got some laughs from jokes which previously hadn’t done as well. I just wish I could remember which ones they were. Comedians who showed up included host Dave Hamrick, Ray Bullock, Marc Cooper, Kelly Henderson and Leo. The next shows are on December 15 and 29, which means I may get out a diaper for a New Year‘s baby bit. I’ve got one more set in which I’m going to use this material, the December 7 Comedy Night at Cafe Diem.

Comedy at the Camel, another project of Dave Hamrick’s, debuted to a full house, with Ray Bullock headlining and Jesse Jarvis MCing. Sets by Roy Rogers, Dave Hamrick and Bill Metzger of Charlottesville, among others. Blake Midgette stopped by. He was just back from two weeks in New York where he did an open mic at a hole-in-the-wall club in the East Village.

I’m trying to catch up on my backlog of video material. Right now, I’ve stripped the audio from the October 4, 2009 set at the Last Stag Standing competition at Europa Cafe. The next step is to listen to the set or look at the script and get tags for when I upload to Taltopia, Punchline magazine, Gcast and Soundcloud. Unfortunately, I decided to scan the disk with those files on it for errors so I’m temporarily locked out and unable to work with them. The next step is to edit the video file in Pinnacle, which basically consists of slapping titles on the front and back end.

One decision coming down the road is my next step in terms of improving output. I’m still getting feedback that the sound quality of the video output of the Canon PowerShot is not that great, the latest comment coming from Virginia Production Alliance  on YouTube. I don’t have that much of a problem hearing what’s said certainly the sound could be improved. This would take the form of buying a Kodak Zi8, which mean an improvement in video quality as well, going from 20 fps to 30 and 60 fps, as well as going from 640×480 to 780p and 1080p.  This would also mean getting a wireless lavalier mic for what should be a big boost in audio quality. Another advantage: the Zi8 has has a remote control which means I wouldn’t have to be standing at the camera to start filming my sets and those of other people.

Other possibilities for improvements: Brother’s $50 personal laser printer so I don’t have to shell out an arm and a leg for ink jet cartridges any more; Serif’s movie editor so I can overcome the limitations of Pinnacle and one minimalist possibility, getting some business cards from VistaPrint so I can do some more publicity with Salty Tongue Records.

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