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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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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.

No I'm fine I can last till Halloween is over
Image by Tattooed JJ via Flickr

Today I’ve been exploring the potential of Vodpod. Vodpod has the best integration with other services of any video-sharing site I’ve seen. It works well with WordPress and other blogging platforms. You can have videos you upload to a YouTube channel published to your WordPress sidebar as well as your VodPod. You can also create your own video web sites and publish to them as well.  You’re limited to three channels on VodPod unless you’re willing to pay more. My three are comedy videos in general which I’m drawing from the LaughHut channel on YouTube as well as videos I run across while surfing on the web which you can publish to VodPod using a Firefox bookmarklet.

Another site that allows you to pull together video from different site is Yubby but from what I can tell it’s not as full-featured at VodPod. But it might be something to look into.

I back up my tweets using http://www.backupmytweets.com. I got nervous after I could access previous pages on my Twitter page.

I also wrote my routine for Monday at Cafe Diem Comedy Night. Some material I haven’t done before at Cafe Diem but I included some old Jesus jokes in honor of James Paulk’s appearance as Jesus. I’d like to do a spoof of the Intelrock star” commercial only make it about people like Joe Hafkey and Jared Cullum. I’m hoping I have time to make another “Smokin’ Hot” video interview for Project Resolution. I bought some more blank DVDs at Kroger but I really need to score some at Amazon but they are so much more cheaper — for the same price as 20 at Kroger you can get 50 at Amazon. I’m getting close to the end of the line on my black ink cartridges as well. I also want to get some more business cards to hand out for Salty Tongue Records at Last.fm. I want to ask some people who I know through Twitter if they would like their MP3s included in an album.

I hope to upload some more videos from the last Cafe Diem to the LaughHut YouTube channel tonight. I’m almost finished doing the first “Motel Hell” so I want to start transferring files from the memory card.

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