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MC at Cozzy's Comedy Club in Newport News

David C. Wingfield on the mic

John Reaves, Patrick McCarthy, David Marie-Garland and I went down to the open mic at Cozzy’s Comedy Club in Newport News, Virginia Thursday. RVA’s own David C. Wingfield was the MC. The open mic used to be only on the first Thursday of the month but has now expanded to first and third Thursdays.

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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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Transcript of my May 31, 2010 set:

I’d like to thank David Marie-Garland for taking time off from his job as the Travelocity gnome for this important event. Jared Cullum was able to make it, even though he’s prepping for his Kiekagards of Comedy tour with Thomas Merton, Martin Buber and Paul Tillich. Jared is the first comedian to ever be skeptical about organized religion. Breakthrough stuff. Let’s hear it for Ray Bullock, the Vin Diesel of Richmond comedy. Unlike Ray Bullock, Vin Diesel actually has a career. James Paulk is here. He’s a landscaper. Is that what they’re calling pot farming these days? Kenny Wingle gave Blake Midgette a blanket as a going-away present. Don’t you hate those regifters. Thanks to Joe Hafkey for acting as roastmaster for this event. Remember, it’s not just random shouting, it’s performance art. Watch for Joe in the upcoming made-for-tv movie Obama says his eleven-year-old daughter, Malia comes into his bathroom every morning and asks, “Did you plug the hole yet, Daddy.” That’s interesting, because that’s what Jeff Curran’s daughter asks him every morning in his bathroom. Let it sink in. Jeff does. Hey, if you want good clean humor, watch “The Artistocrats.”

This is a roast for Blake Midgette, or as some people refer to him, the Chris Farley for the New American Century. What’s the difference between Blake Midgette and John Belushi? John Belushi’s liver is in better shape. What’s the difference between Bob Saget and Blake Midgette? Blake Midgette wanted to fuck the Olsen twins when they were twelve and Bob Saget actually fucked the Olsen twins when they were twelve. What’s the difference between Blake Midgette’s day job as a dog groomer and his night job as a comedian? During the day, he has to deal with dog’s assholes. At night, he has to deal with comedians – assholes who are dogs. Let’s put Blake Midgette into historical perspective. The last time a bearded guy fucked Richmond, Virginia this hard was 1865.

I’m so tired of those you might be a redneck jokes. I’m starting my own riff: you might be Blake Midgette if… You might be Blake Midgette if you wrote to Baskin-Robbins ice cream and asked them to make “taint” one of their 31 flavors. You might be Blake Midgette if you have the Virginia STD hotline on speed dial. You might Blake Midgette if the Double Down is your favorite sandwich — AND your favorite sexual position. You might be Blake Midgette if you’re always trying to get some of that Robb Loving. You might be Blake Midgette if you think Sun Tek is Chinese for “happy ending.”

For Roman Catholics, the biggest sin is sex. For Southern Baptists, the biggest sin is alcohol. For Blake Midgette, the biggest sin is no sex or alcohol. Blake once had an Epiphany on LSD but he dumped her for an Emily.

I’m not saying Blake’s been in some nasty vaginas but they’re making a reality tv series about his sex life called “Deadliest Snatches.” You might think a “junk shot” is when they pump golf balls, shredded tires and broken Obama campaign promises into the BP blowout preventer. Actually, a “junk shot” is what Blake gets at the Fan Free Clinic. I’m not saying Blake has issues with his father but I have it on good authority that when he’s having sex, instead of saying “Who’s your daddy?” he says, “Where’s my daddy?”

Three rules for Austin comedians. Rule number 1: Do not follow Blake Midgette. Rule number 2: Do not follow Blake Midgette. Rule number 3: Do not follow Blake Midgette. There is an advantage to following Blake Midgette, however. Everything you say will seem normal, no matter how vile or filthy. After all, you’re following a guy who uses mouth-raping a toddler as a punchline. I’d like to thank Blake for keeping the memory of Taylor Biehl alive. I’d like to thank Blake for telling me more than I really wamted to know about Furries, Juggalos, cougars, chlamydia and fisting.

I hope everyone appreciates Blake’s many contribution to Richmond comedy. This included Super Friends Camp, a showcase for comedians. It was more fun than summer camp, especially since, unlike summer camp, there have been no reports of anyone getting molested — yet. The drawback of Blake’s stand-up is that his subject matter and dynamic performance overshadow his excellent writing. It was always a blast to see Blake turn in a stand-out performance at Cafe Diem, and then, even though it didn’t seem possible, take it to a whole other level two weeks later. I hate to see Blake go but I understand that he needs to move on, either to grow as an artist or to avoid paying child support, whichever is the more plausible explanation. Take care, my friend.

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Stand-up comedy at Wabi-Sabi

Fists of Funny poster for the June 2, 2010 show

“Fists of Funny”: 8 comics get Wabi on yo’ Sabi Friday night. “Battling” Blake Midgette (final Central Virginia appearance), “Jolting'” Jeff Curran, “Jabbing” Joe Hafkey, “Bobbing” Bill Metzger, “Dangerous” David Marie-Garland, “Ripping” Roy Rogers and Chris “Crippler” Martin. Jason “Killer” Klingman is your MC. 9 pm, 29 Bolingbrook St., Petersburg.

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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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