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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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Craig and Darren are back and since they destroyed the Twittersphere, Craig has moved on from Twitter to Linked In. Darren is still having none of it, begging the question, “Why does anyone use this site?” over and over again. Craig explains that one must be linked in to find a job, even though nobody he knows has ever found one through social networking. Violence ensues. — HuffPo
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Halloween is over, or National Night Out for predators as some people refer to it. Comedy that writes itself: the jump-off point for the fifth annual Zombie Walk in Richmond was across the street from the Church of Scientology. How convenient. To get into the spirit of Halloween, I watched Hellboy II but I watched it before Hellboy I. I hope I didn’t tear a hole in the fabric of the space-time continuum.

Dick Cheney also got into the spirit of Halloween. He dressed up as the Ghost of Torture Past to go trick or treating. Everyone who came to the Cheney house Halloween night got a special treat: a shotgun blast in the face. Cheney may be getting confused in his old age. He recently said America was safer because the Obamas got a Portuguese Water Boarding dog. Right after Halloween is November 3, Election Day, or as I like to call it, National Night out of the Closet for former Idaho senator Larry Craig.

A lot of people don’t know that Edgar Allan Poe, in addition to being America’s first horror writer of note, was also America’s first stand-up comedian. The only problem was that every joke ended with the same punchline: “Here, here, it is the beating of his hideous heart!” Come to think it, Poe may have been talking about Dick Cheney. Kind of a downer. Probably why he didn’t get too many laughs. The reason I don’t get too many laughs: too much conceptual comedy. “The Dark Files – an XXX parody” is the latest porn spoof. However, I’m definitely not going to see “Splooge Bob Square Pants.”

I used to think MySpace was sleazy until I discovered Tagged, whose members look like refugees from the Jerry Springer Show. If Facebook is the Upper West Side and MySpace is the Bronx, then Tagged is a trailer park in New Jersey. I got a notice from Tagged that said Halle, 35, had viewed my profile and underneath was photo of Halle Berry. Do you realize what this means? Halle is lying about her age! Curiously, all the Christian singles in Facebook ads have large breasts. Apparently, not only can Jesus turn water into wine, he can turn a B-cup into a D-cup. If Jesus comes back, I want to know so I can follow him – on Twitter. Forget what would Jesus do. What would Jesus tweet? I can see Jesus ragging on Muhammed and Buddha. “I’ve got 2.1 followers on Twitter. Muhammed, you’ve only got 1.5 billion followers. Buddha, you’ve only got 376 million!”

Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha walked into a bar. The bartender said, “What will you have?” Jesus said, “I’ll have a Rusty Nail and a Bloody Mary.” Mohammed said, “I’ll have a Virgin drink.” Buddha said, “Who do I have to kill to get out of this joke?” Believe it or not, I came up with the idea for a show called “Copts.” It turns out there wasn’t a big market for a series about Egyptian Christians so Fox took it in another direction.

Billy Ray Cyrus is the perfect dad. Miley Cyrus half-naked in Vanity Fair? So what? Miley Cyrus lap dances on a 50-year-old director? Whatever. Miley Cyrus pole dances at the Teen Choice awards? Ho-hum. Miley Cyrus deletes her Twitter account. OMG! Now Billy Ray puts his foot down!

Here’s my David Letterman tribute joke. “The Mentalist” is so perceptive he can actually tell the difference between Cate Blanchett, Kate Winslett and Kate Beckinsale.

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