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Dane Cook Returns To The Stage In 2019 With The “Tell It Like It Is” Tour

Dane Cook Returns To The Stage In 2019 With The “Tell It Like It Is” Tour

Dane Cook has announced the Tell It Like It Is tour, his first full scale tour since 2013.  Cook will visit major cities across the U.S. on the run, kicking things off February 21 at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY and wrapping November 16 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.  He will bring his dynamic sense of humor to theaters in Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, Philadelphia, New York, Dallas, and many more.  A full list of tour dates can be found below.

The Live Nation presale for the Tell It Like It Is tour begins this Wednesday, December 12 at 10am local time, followed by the general public on sale on Friday, December 14. Tickets are available at LiveNation.com.

Dane Cook is known as one of the most prolific stand-up comedians and a versatile actor, recognized in significant film and TV projects. He has been featured in numerous Comedy Central and HBO specials and created successful comedy albums including Harmful If Swallowed; Retaliation; Vicious Circle; Rough Around The Edges: Live From Madison Square Garden; ISolated INcident; and Dane Cook: I Did My Best – Greatest Hits.  Retaliation became the highest charting comedy album in 28 years and went double platinum, earning him a place alongside best-selling comedy veterans. Combining energetic physical comedy, clever wordplay and trenchant observations about human behavior, Cook’s unique brand of stand-up and accessible guy-next-door attitude have galvanized audiences of all ages.  

Thursday, February 21, 2019 Paramount Theatre Huntington, NY
Friday, February 22, 2019 Palace Theatre Albany, NY
Saturday, February 23, 2019 DAR Constitution Hall Washington, DC
Friday, March 1, 2019 Stifel Theatre St. Louis, MO
Saturday, March 2, 2019 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL
Friday, March 8, 2019 Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort* Mt. Pleasant, MI
Saturday, March 9, 2019 Wang Theatre Boston, MA
Friday, March 22, 2019 Fox Performing Arts Center Riverside, CA
Saturday, March 23, 2019 The Masonic San Francisco, CA
Friday, March 29, 2019 Hackensack Meridian Health Theatre* Red Bank, NJ
Saturday, March 30, 2019 The Metropolitan Opera House Philadelphia, PA
Friday, April 5, 2019 Taft Theatre Cincinnati, OH
Saturday, April 6, 2019 Murat Theatre Indianapolis, IN
Saturday, April 13, 2019 Bellco Theatre Denver, CO
Friday, April 26, 2019 Durham Performing Arts Center Durham, NC
Saturday, April 27, 2019 Ovens Auditorium Charlotte, NC
Friday, May 3, 2019 Orpheum Theater Madison, WI
Saturday, May 4, 2019 Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI
Saturday, July 20, 2019 Blaisdell Concert Hall Honolulu, HI
Friday, September 6, 2019 Turning Stone Resort Casino* Verona, NY
Saturday, September 7, 2019 Seneca Niagara Resort & Casino* Niagara Falls, NY
Friday, September 13, 2019 Hippodrome Baltimore, MD
Saturday, September 14, 2019 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY
Friday, September 20, 2019 Palace Theatre Louisville, KY
Saturday, September 21, 2019 Ryman Auditorium Nashville, TN
Friday, September 27, 2019 Dr. Phillips Center Orlando, FL
Saturday, September 28, 2019 Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino* Hollywood, FL
Thursday, October 3, 2019 Stephens Auditorium Ames, IA
Friday, October 4, 2019 State Theatre Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, October 5, 2019 The Fillmore Detroit, MI
Friday, October 11, 2019 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
Saturday, October 12, 2019 Paramount Theatre Seattle, WA
Friday, October 18, 2019 Hard Rock Rocksino* Northfield, OH
Saturday, October 19, 2019 Mohegan Sun Arena* Uncasville, CT
Friday, October 25, 2019 ACL Live @ Moody Theatre Austin, TX
Saturday, October 26, 2019 Toyota Music Factory Dallas, TX
Friday, November 1, 2019 Revention Music Center Houston, TX

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ
Thursday, November 7, 2019 Florida Theatre Jacksonville, FL
Friday, November 8, 2019 Mahaffey Theatre St. Petersburg, FL
Saturday, November 9, 2019 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA
Saturday, November 16, 2019 Dolby Theatre Los Angeles, CA


*Date not produced by Live Nation

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GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF: Ryan Sickler Talks Life, Career and ’The Honeydew’!

GET A HOLD OF YOURSELF: Ryan Sickler Talks Life, Career and ’The Honeydew’!

Hailing from “The Land of Pleasant Living,” comedian Ryan Sickler has been making people laugh since he was a kid. Inspired by his Maryland roots, he’s spent the past several decades tirelessly honing his craft as a storyteller on stages across the country, and as a host of one of comedy’s most beloved podcasts, The CrabFeast. The weekly series celebrates the things the host enjoys most – family, friends and comedy. Along the way, the podcast has become one of the top podcasts at All Things Comedy, consistently in the top of the charts on iTunes, and was a finalist in the Stitcher awards for Best Comedy Podcast. Sickler’s ever-expanding resume also boasts appearances on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” Comedy Central’s “This is Not Happening,” and Viceland’s “Party Legends.” In addition, he has also visited CBS The Late Late Show, Tosh.O, and Live At Gotham. Ryan is also an die-hard sports fan who as appeared as a regular on Fox Sports. On the opposite side of the camera, he’s also served as the Supervising Producer on Season 2 of Kevin Hart’s award-winning “Donald Mac” series, the Co-Executive Producer of the new E! Series “The Funny Dance Show,” and Senior Producer on the Comedy Central Series “The Comedy Jam.”

Even with that impressive resume, Sickler is about to usher in an even more impressive (and hysterically funny) new era and it begins with his hilarious sophomore album, “Get a Hold of Yourself.” Released on November 20th, 2018 via Blonde Medicine, the album quickly rose to the top of the iTunes and Billboard charts. Expertly balanced from start to finish, this amazing comedy album brings his trademark wit and natural humor to fresh, new territory. Ryan makes a statement with “Get a Hold of Yourself” as he unloads for over an hour, bringing the audience along for stories about the first time he saw his dad cry, how he gamed the phone company on collect calls, and what will certainly go down as one of the craziest college parties of all time.

Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Sickler to discuss his journey as a comedian, the challenges he’s faced along the way, his latest comedy album, and what the future holds for him in the months to come!

What are your first memories of discovering standup comedy as a kid?

First, this is how comedy was introduced to me. It’s funny because I just made a post today. 29 years ago today, my father died. I wake up this morning to the #1 comedy album on iTunes and it debuted [on the Billboard charts] at #3 today. Technically, like I said in the post, I have Tenacious D and ‘Rick and Morty’ ahead of me but both of those are soundtracks, so technically I have the #1 standup album on the Billboard Chart and I’m taking the damn points! [laughs]

As you should! It’s a well-deserved win!

To answer your question, my father was the reason I posted that today and the reason I got into comedy. I was about 10 or 11 years old and we were living in Carroll County, Maryland, where we had something called SuperTV. It was early cable. It had HBO and I remember sneaking down the stairs at night and seeing my dad watch this movie. I saw all these kids in it and I thought, “Well, hell. There are kids in it, so I can watch this.” I was laying out in the hallway while he was watching it in the living room with his back to me. I started laughing and that’s how I got caught. He said, “Get in here!” It was late, and I thought I was going to be in a lot of trouble, but he said, “Sit down and watch the rest of this movie with me.” It was Richard Pryor’s “Bustin’ Loose.” That was literally it for me and the introduction to comedy. From there he would take me out of bed and show me Eddie Murphy’s “Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood” and stuff like that. I remembered doing old Martin Short characters like Ed Grimley and Nathan Thurm, and all the Eddie Murphy characters to make the family laugh.

At what point did you figure out this was you’re calling and decide to pursue another career?

It’s crazy that you’re asking me all these questions from Maryland, too! You know, I recently went back and did some album release shows at Jimmy’s Famous Seafood. We sold out Saturday night and had to add a second show. I could step out the door of my hotel, take a few steps to left, and I was walking the street called Water Street where I first did standup for the first time ever. I walked up that little cobblestone street and I went inside that little venue, which is an Italian restaurant now, and I said out loud, “What a good decision it was to walk in here 25 years ago!” That’s where I first did standup at 20 years old. I just dabbled with it. I didn’t really get into it again until I was 26 or 27, somewhere around there. When I stepped in that building and made a crowd full of mostly strangers laugh, I thought, “I can do this! I can do this.”

What went into finding your creative voice as a young comic and when do you feel like you came into your own as a storyteller?

I started by just saying things I thought we funny. I remember even bringing fake buck teeth up onstage very early on. I also remember when they broke! That was the moment I realized that you can’t depend on the prop! [laughs] Honestly, the evolution of all of it is failure. It’s about “What didn’t work? Okay, Let’s dive into what did work!” My first album isn’t really storytelling. It’s a little bit of storytelling but mostly just things I thought were funny and jokes that resonated with me or I thought meet people laugh. Once podcasting hit, that changed everything for me. We would all sit around and say, “Are you talking about that on stage? No? You’ve gotta talk about that on stage!” Then you have to go from taking a conversation that three people have where people can chime in, or weigh in, or add things and bring it to the solo sport of standup on stage and try to hold and audience’s attention long enough to make things funny, relatable, and memorable. It’s a process of all of that. I think it was Richard Pryor who once said that you don’t really know your voice in comedy until you’ve been doing it for about 15 or 20 years. I think that’s absolutely true. As far as coming into my own as a storyteller, once The Crabfeast really got rolling and we got into making it about storytelling, focusing on that and began bringing those stories to the stage, that’s when it all shifted and changed. No doubt! I’m still discovering more stories that I can talk about, sharing them and doing it in different ways.

What can you tell us about your writing process these days? What goes into capturing an idea, building it out and bringing to the stage?

I’m observational. I might see something or talk about things with someone and say, “That’s hilarious. That’s a good nugget.” That might be the start of something that would have taken me six months to figure out how to save properly. I need to be around people. I realized that when I work isolated and there’s no human interaction, there is nothing to talk about, pick apart or joke about, so I need that. I might even go back into my own library. I have a very big extended family and I talk to my cousins and stuff all the time. They’ll say, “Oh, remember that time…” I’m like, “I didn’t remember that until you said it!” You might take that and try to get that into storytelling and build jokes around it. It really all just comes from day to day life, observational things and sitting around reminiscing. Doing this as long as I have, I thought I had told every story I ever had, but there are times when someone will say something on The Crabfeast and I’m like, “Oh my God, I don’t think I’ve ever said this!” Then boom — there’s that! That’s a bit of my process. I’ll tell you this, I’m most creative just as I’m falling asleep. I used to keep a recorder by my bed because I would start falling asleep and it was almost like I had an open channel where I would start thinking about everything. It was almost like I was able to clear my head in a way that I couldn’t do during the day. It’s still that way for me! I still use my voice recorder on my phone and put ideas down for things to talk about.

As you mentioned, your original album, “Above Ground Cool,” was released a number of years ago. From there we entered into The CrabFeast era. You just released “Get A Hold Of Yourself” and I feel like it marks the start of a new era. What made now the time to release this album?

[laughs] I’d love to give you some deep answer to that but the truth is I recorded it last year! I won’t get into too many of the business details, but I was asked to hold off and see if we could work on doing a special or something like that. That really just drug on and started to fall apart, so I just thought, “Why am I waiting on that?” Again, back to The CrabFeast and podcasting in general, there are so many audiophiles out there that I think a lot of people forget about albums these days. Honestly, if I wasn’t going to get a slam dunk special, then for me it was an obvious Plan B, which I talk about in the first track. It’s a good Plan B and the timing just couldn’t have been any better. They say everything happens for reason and I believe that. I was able to go do my shows in Baltimore and make them album release shows and get my album to my hometown before anyone else in the world could get it. It didn’t drop until last Tuesday, November 20th, so it’s only been out for week. I’m really proud of it and I’m pleasantly surprised with how well it’s doing!

You should be proud of it, Ryan. It’s truly a great album, balanced from start to finish. It’s one of those albums I think will stand the test of time.

Thank You!

I’ve been doing this for many years now and I’ve talked to my fair share of comedians along the way. Over the past decade, I find myself talking about the comedy boom and this golden age we have entered into. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger, which is awesome! What’s it been like for you for your point of view?

I think it’s awesome! They’ve always said that there’s room for everybody and I feel like there’s even more now. When I was a kid, there were only three networks. Then, this network called Fox came along and had these weird new shows like “Married With Children” and “In Living Color” and they became iconic shows. Now there’s 1,000 networks and there’s so much good stuff and you just can’t keep up with it, but it’s an avenue and it allows you to get your stuff out there. You take a podcast like The Joe Rogan Experience, who was kind enough to have me on this year and I can’t thank him enough for that, but you also have guys like Tom Segura. These guys are doing bigger numbers with their podcasts then what’s being done with television. You also get an hour and a half, two hours, 2 ½ or 3 hours sometimes of the real person. So, it’s not a five-minute FCC approved set I’m doing. I’m really able to be myself and learn so much more about someone outside of that five minutes. I mean, I’m doing my own show. If this was a TV show, I wouldn’t have my own show. The one thing that I’ve proven to myself, and I was recently talking about it with a bunch of comic friends, is that the industry doesn’t always know what’s right. If it wasn’t for something like podcasting, a lot of these guys out there wouldn’t even have voices. So, we went and did it for ourselves and we were right! That’s the other thing, the reason this podcast and this album are so successful is because not one person has given me their “professional input” on it and that’s 100% true! There’s not one person who’s given me the, “Well, I wouldn’t say it like that!” Nope! These are the two things in this industry that I’ve done 100% the way I wanted to do them, and it doesn’t surprise me at all, but they’re successful! The other things that I’ve been a part of, everybody had to have their say and there were too many cooks in the kitchen. It’s no surprise to me that those are not as successful.

It’s important to note that you didn’t get to this point in your career overnight. What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way both personally and creatively?

Honestly, I’ve been on my own since I was 16. So, to move here, not know anyone, get into a business where I don’t know anyone, stay, be consistent, and keep fighting it every day even though you want to quit sometimes because of how hard it gets, has been a challenge. Doing it the way you want to do it is always the longer way around things. Through all of that I’ve also lost some family, become a father, become a single parent, trying to keep that going with my schedule… all those things are tough! When I win an award the first people I want to thank are my babysitters, because I’ve got a crew of them and I wouldn’t be able to do anything that I’m doing now without those girls! [laughs] Creatively, I don’t know if it’s any different than it ever was. Everyone wants to talk about diversity, diversity, diversity and that’s true it should be, but the truth is that funny is funny when it comes to comedy. You either put funny ahead of everything else where the project falls away and takes care of itself. Creatively the biggest challenge is to continue with creation of content, content, content. You always have to be putting something else out. You know, if it were a band, you can listen to that same song 100 times and people will still come to see you for 40 years just to see you sing that song. If you’re a comedian, they don’t want to hear you tell the same joke! You go to do a podcast every week with an hour and a half a fresh content! You tell me what band is doing that! [laughs]

Having listened to you and gotten to know you over the years through the podcast, I think I probably know the answer to this question. You’ve got an incredible drive and work ethic. Was that something you had instilled at an early age?

That’s all my father right there! My brothers are the same way. Regardless of their occupations or professions, that blue collar work ethic, that hustle mentality, that stay alive, chip on your shoulder, is all my dad, man! I still believe in a blue-collar work ethic, I just want to move it into some of those white-collar tax brackets, ya know what I mean? [laughs] I don’t mind working hard, I just want to work hard in a different tax bracket!

You’ve also done a lot of work outside the realm of stand-up comedy. What can you tell us about the work you’ve done behind-the-scenes?

I really love writing and producing! I’ve been writing and producing promos for everybody from Oprah to the WB to Fox to ABC to Disney! You name it! I’ve helped work on selling a couple series to TV. I am co-executive producer on a brand-new show, which is basically a dance battle show that E! picked up. I was a senior producer on another Comedy Central series last year that I helped sell. I’m also out with a few other ones right now, but I think could be really big! I like being on the other side of the cameras, being the producer as well!

It’s cool to see you have success in that realm as well. Hopefully, that doesn’t mean you will slow down in regard to stand-up anytime soon.

I hope I don’t slowdown in any of it! I never wanted to be just a comedian. Why? I want to do a bunch of things and be good at lot of things. I know a lot of people say that you can only be great at one thing. Well, I don’t think so! I really enjoy stand-up and podcasting. That’s who I am first. With that said, you can sell a TV show, work on that for a couple months and then you have time back to go travel on the road and do whatever else you need to do. It’s all part of entertainment. I took Mass Communications in college. I knew I wanted to do stand-up, but I also enjoyed all of the aspects. I look back at everything I did for radio and it now makes sense for podcasting or for TV & film, which now makes sense for the jobs I do that aren’t stand-up. In hindsight, I guess I kinda knew what the heck I was doing! [laughs]

Sadly, The CrabFeast will soon be coming to an end but it’s been an epic run! What have been the highlights for you?

No doubt the laughing! I have sat there and been blow away every Tuesday for people’s stories for years! It really makes me appreciate comedians every week because as comedians we have all seen some of the worst stuff you can see in life and still have managed to take it and make ourselves laugh, as well as other people in the process. I think that’s what makes comedians so special. I’ve enjoyed sitting there and listening to everyone’s stories. I’ve also made quite a bit of friends from that podcast. Behind-the-scenes, dealing with and getting to work with Jay [Larson] on a weekly basis has been amazing. He’s been a great partner. I agree with you — we’ve had an epic run! I’m really proud of what we’ve done, and I stand by that work. That podcast is going to be around for a long time. In fact, I tell my daughter, if you ever really want to get to know who I am, if something happens to me, you go listen to the CrabFeast podcast!

Honestly, that’s been my favorite part of the CrabFeast, getting to know you guys.

It’s been a pleasure and thank you for saying that! It’s not easy to bear your entire soul to strangers but, man, the love and support has been reciprocated! It’s been pretty awesome!

You have a brand-new podcast on the way. Can you give us a hint as to what you have in store for us?

I’ll tell you everything! What I really loved about The CrabFeast the most, as far as the actual podcast, was the storytelling. I really feel it’s time for The CrabFeast to have a baby, so to speak. I’m going to keep the storytelling aspect of it but put more of a focus on it. I’m calling it “The Honeydew.” The reason for that is that I was sitting in a diner having dinner one night. I was eating my fruit and I realize I never eat the honeydew. I eat everything but the honeydew! When I got up and started making my way out, I started looking at the tables and realized everyone had left the honeydew. I was like, “Huh, nobody really likes the honeydew. It’s a perfectly fine fruit but we’re all throwing it away.” Then I started thinking about me. I said, “I’m a honeydew! Everybody has thrown me away!” [laughs] The main thing for The CrabFeast we started with was to have a funny storytelling show, but the side effect of that has been hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of emails and messages over the years about how much we’ve helped people. We might’ve help them through a death, a divorce, a career change, a move or so many other different things. Which, again, was amazing and we had no idea it was happening. I really want to lean into that. I really want to help people also want to laugh at those really dark times, sad times or embarrassing moments. Anytime you’ve ever been overworked, underpaid, overlooked, picked on, cheated on, lied to, spit on, all on it! I want to talk about it! I’m going to make it comedian heavy, but not just comics. I want to talk to people who have had those moments in their life, talk about those moments, laugh about those moments and talk about how we thought it was the end of the world at the time, but we spun them into positives instead of curling up in a corner and letting life pass you by!

I researched honeydew to see if it really was one of the least liked fruits and it’s one of the bottom three. There are only two after it, which are figs and dates. I read an article about a guy who owns an all-you-can-eat pancake restaurant. He said, “You can imagine how many uneaten pancakes I throw away every year, but I throw more honeydew away every year than uneaten pancakes!” I thought, “It’s perfect! It’s The Honeydew, man!” We’re going to be doing it the first of the year, brother! Christmas is the last CrabFeast. Then, the following week, I’m going to sliding down the dial from Tuesdays to Wednesday. Then every Wednesday we’re gonna have a Honeydew episode!

I recently caught you on Tom Segura and Christina P.’s ‘Your Mom’s House’ podcast. The Honeydew is going to be on their new network, correct?

It is! It sure is! I’m super stoked to go there with everything they’ve got coming. I can’t say anything else about that because that’s their thing, but they’ve got some pretty exciting guests and people who were going to have their podcasts on their network. It’s going to be a good time!

It’s definitely inspiring to see everything you’ve accomplished. What’s the best lesson we can take away from your journey as an artist?

The best lesson is to show up every day and be the best wherever you are. It does not matter where you are! Be the best where you are. Get up every day, grind and hustle! Believe in yourself, believe in yourself, believe in yourself because no one else is going to do it for you!

Thanks so much for your time today, Ryan! I can’t wait to see what you have in store for us in the years to come! Let’s keep in touch!

Yeah, let’s do that! Thanks so much for having me on. I really appreciate it. Thank you very much, man!

Visit Ryan Sickler’s official website for upcoming tour dates! Follow his continuing adventures on social media via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Check out the side-splittingly hilarious new album, “Get A Hold Of Yourself” on iTunes, Amazon or Google Play

Catch episodes of The CrabFeast podcast on iTunes and prepare yourself of The Honeydew, coming in January 2019!

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Comedian Ryan Sickler To Release New Album, ‘Get a Hold of Yourself,’ On November 20th

Comedian Ryan Sickler To Release New Album, ‘Get a Hold of Yourself,’ On November 20th

Ryan Sickler’s sophomore album, Get a Hold of Yourself, brings his trademark wit and natural humor to fresh, new territory. Throughout the album, Sickler shares themes around growing up in a single parent household and being a single dad himself. The hilarious new album drops on November 20th, 2018 via Blonde Medicine.

Appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience, Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, Viceland’s Party Legends and co-hosting The CrabFeast podcast for the past 7 years, have cemented Sickler as one of comedy’s premier storytellers. Ryan makes a statement with Get a Hold of Yourself as he unloads over an hour, bringing the audience along for stories about the first time he saw his dad cry, how he gamed the phone company on collect calls and what will certainly go down as one of the craziest college parties of all time.

Ryan Sickler is a standup comedian, engaging storyteller, award winning producer and co-host of The CrabFeast podcast. Inspired by his Maryland roots, The CrabFeast is rated a top podcast at All Things Comedy, consistently in the top of the charts on iTunes and was a finalist in the Stitcher awards for Best Comedy Podcast. The CrabFeast celebrates the things Ryan loves most – family, friends and comedy.

Appearances on The Joe Rogan Experience, Comedy Central’s This is Not Happening, Viceland’s Party Legends and co-hosting The CrabFeast podcast for the past 7 years, have cemented Ryan as one of comedy’s premier storytellers. Ryan is also an informed sports fan and appeared as a regular on Fox Sports.

Ryan is the Supervising Producer on Season 2 of Kevin Hart’s award-winning Donald Mac series and the Co-Executive Producer of the new E! Series The Funny Dance Show. He was the Senior Producer on the Comedy Central Series The Comedy Jam.

‘Get Ahold of Yourself’ Tracklisting:
1. A Man with a Plan… B
2. We Got a Joint!
3. Cocaine Alligator
4. Lower-Middle Class
5. Collect Calls
6. A Humiliating Education
7. My Dad Was a Man’s Man
8. Childhood Heartbreak
9. An Analogy for Non-Sports Fans
10. Wired Differently
11. A Game of “Name That Half”
12. Delivery Plan
13. The Dad Whistle
14. Single & Dating
15. Chances Are
16. Today’s Roller Coasters (Tatsu)

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Comedian Tiffany Haddish Announces Dates For 2019 #SheReady Tour

Comedian Tiffany Haddish Announces Dates For 2019 #SheReady Tour

Last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Emmy-winning actress, NYT best-selling author, and lauded comedian Tiffany Haddish announced she will be hitting the road in 2019 on a stand-up comedy tour!  Kicking off on New Year’s Eve in Miami, the #SheReady Tour will hit Phoenix, Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, and others through March, with more dates to be announced soon. Haddish is offering an exclusive presale to her fans, running now through Thursday, November 1st. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, November 2 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com.

With multiple high-profile projects and buzzworthy appearances to her name, Tiffany Haddish has recently established herself as one of the most sought-after comedic actresses and performers.  This fall alone, Haddish stars in three feature films—Night School, The Oath, and Nobody’s Fool—with the blockbuster sequel releases of The Lego Movie 2 and The Secret Life Of Pets 2 on the horizon. Haddish’s journey and life experiences inspired her comedy and sense of humor both on and off the stage. Her debut stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! Was released in 2017, and she made history by becoming the first black female stand-up comedian to host Saturday Night Live. Now, she brings her unparalleled talents to the stand-up stage once again. #SheReady, are you?


Monday, December 31, 2018 Miami, FL James L Knight Center
Friday, January 25, 2019 Las Vegas, NV Mirage Hotel and Casino
Saturday, January 26, 2019 Las Vegas, NV Mirage Hotel and Casino
Thursday, February 7, 2019 Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium
Saturday, February 9, 2019 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Thursday, February 14, 2019 San Jose, CA Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, February 16, 2019 Bakersfield, CA Fox Theatre
Friday, February 22, 2019 Los Angeles, CA Microsoft Theater
Thursday, February 28, 2019 Sacramento, CA Community Theatre
Saturday, March 2, 2019 Fresno, CA Warnors Center for the Performing Arts
Saturday, March 16, 2019 Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
Thursday, March 21, 2019 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre



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Jen Kirkman Announces Dates For ‘All New Material Girl’ Tour 2017

Jen Kirkman Announces Dates For ‘All New Material Girl’ Tour 2017

Jen Kirkman is back on tour this year – with all new material.  Stories and jokes you haven’t seen on her Netflix specials.  Don’t worry.  It’s not all about Trump – why talk about him when Jen can talk about herself and her year of seeing fraudulent spiritual healers, holidays without family, being accused of not being “woke” by young people, and tales of when she was a young obnoxious third party voter, and pretentious hater of pop culture.

Jen Kirkman is a national and internationally touring stand-up comedian. Her 2015 Netflix Original Comedy Special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine)” was named one of the Top 10 comedy specials of 2015 by Time Out New York, New York Magazine, and The Atlantic.  Her most recent Netflix Original Comedy Special, “Just Keep Livin’?” is streaming worldwide as of January 3rd, 2017.

Jen is also a New York Times Bestselling author – her two comedic essay memoirs, I Can Barely Take Care of Myself and I Know What I’m Doing and Other Lies I Tell Myself; (Dispatches From a Life Under Construction) are hilarious looks at her life without children, and living a not-so-conventional life after 40.

Jen was a long time writer and round table guest on Chelsea Lately, and is also well known for being a five-time narrator of Central’s Drunk History.  She’s a regular guest on CONAN and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Jen has appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The View, The Wendy Williams Show, Harry, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and voiced many characters Cartoon Network cult-hit “Home Movies.” She’ll be appearing in the upcoming feature film “Home Again”.

Jen has released two stand-up albums Hail to the Freaks (released March 2011) which hit #13 on the Billboard Charts. Her debut album was 2006’s Self Help.  Jen has a weekly podcast, I Seem Fun: The Diary of Jen Kirkman, which is often in the Top 100 in comedy on iTunes.

2017 Tour Dates:

Sep 6- SAN FRANCISCO- Cobb’s Comedy Club
Sep 7- PORTLAND, OR-Aladdin Theatre
Sep 8- SEATTLE, WA- Neptune Theatre
Sep 9- VANCOUVER, BC- Rio Theatre
Sep 20-BOSTON, MA- Wilbur Theatre
Sep 21- NYC- Highline Ballroom
Sep 22- BROOKLYN, NY- Bell House
Sep 23- PHILADELPHIA, PA- Trocadero Theatre
Sep 24- WASHINGTON, DC- Howard Theatre
Sep 28- TORONTO- Just For Laughs
Oct 5- MINNEAPOLIS- Woman’s Club
Oct 6- CHICAGO, IL- Thalia Hall
Oct 7- DETROIT, MI- Majestic Theatre
Oct 20- HOUSTON, TX- Heights Theatre
Oct 21- DALLAS, TX- Kessler Theatre
Oct 22- AUSTIN, TX- The North Door
Nov 1- DURHAM, NC- Carolina Theatre
Nov 2- ASHEVILLE, NC- The Orange Peel
Nov 3- ATLANTA, GA- Variety Playhouse
Nov 4- NASHVILLE, TN- Basement East
Nov 15- CLEVELAND, OH- Hilarities Comedy Club
Nov 16- CINCINNATI, OH- Taft Ballroom
Nov 17- COLUMBUS, OH- Woodlands Tavern

Tickets For All Shows Available At JenKirkman.com

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Unsung Heroes of Hollywood: The Comedy of Owen Benjamin

Unsung Heroes of Hollywood: The Comedy of Owen Benjamin

Each month I’ve been focusing in on an actor, actress, or filmmaker that I grew up loving and has informed my own career (if calling what I do in the industry qualifies as such) in writing or performing. Films are supposed to be fun, entertaining ventures that allow an escape from the day-to-day happenings of our lives. Why not celebrate the uncelebrated, folks. Join me on my quest as I gush over those who have inspired me to put words on a website that will ultimately never equate what it means to be honored by their peers at an official award show or film festival.

This next entry in the Unsung Heroes of Hollywood series is going to be all over the place, but I promise that if you stick with me until the end, it’ll all tie together and make perfect sense to you. Which is sort of fitting seeing as how the subject of this piece will take you on a helluva wordy journey to make his point. It is my personal opinion that Owen Benjamin is the smartest comedian to take a stage since George Carlin. Many will disagree with my bold statement, but like film and television, comedy is subjective. You assign your own baggage to any comedian just like you would your favorite actor or director. Owen’s Stand-Up, along with his podcasts, Facebook live sessions, instagram posts, tweets and periscopes never cease to amaze me. He is seriously the hardest working thinker in the game and doesn’t shy away from topics that force his audience to think outside of the box.

I think it is important to state that I do not know Owen personally. Though that’s not entirely true. With the hours upon hours of content he creates, it’s not hard to feel like us fans are invited into his life on a regular basis for a beer and hearty meal. Hell, he periscopes a lot and engages with us die-hards so often that I think I sorta spent Christmas and Easter with him. But in reality, aside from an email exchange and engaging on his social media, we’ve never so much as high-fived or hydrated together (that one was for the fans).

I first fell for Owen’s charms while working post production on Adam Rifkin’s segment “Wadzilla” featured in the anthology flick “Chillerama.” After two weeks on the segment during pre-production, a family emergency topped off with a failing gallbladder and a tumultuous break-up, kept me from participating in principle photography. But before I knew it I was back in LA to assist Rif during post-production. I’ll never forget sitting on Ed Marx’s couch watching the assembly cut of the train sequence of Wadzilla and laughing hysterically at the rough cut of Owen and Rif’s exchange regarding the discomfort in Rif’s character Miles’ balls. The scene hits all the comedic beats for my liking. Rif and Owen play off one another with complete sincerity, never winking to the camera. The absurdness of the material is elevated by their willingness to play the scene out as if this was a normal, everyday problem Miles is experiencing.

A few years later I would find myself driving around listening to Comedy Central Radio with my now wife. Much of the time I would have the radio on just to act as white noise to drowned out the insanity that is Chicagoland traffic, but a few tracks seemed to always jump out at me by three separate comedians. First was a story about Goodyear clothes, by Tommy Johnagin. The second was a great movie pitch about Law and Order and Jerry Orbach, by John Mulaney. The third track that would jump out of the speakers and kick my ass was a story about getting sprayed with bear mace, by Owen.

“Sprayed with Bear Mace” is just one of many hysterical tracks on Owen’s 2013 album “High Five Til It Hurts!” The album is a clinic on how to crush at comedy for 60 minutes straight. From “Dog Lover” to “Feel My Heat,” every single track is a comedian firing at all cylinders. The last six tracks of the album feature Owen accompanying his wit with stellar piano play. Owen is simply a legend, but based on material he shares with fans now, the genius of “High Five Til It Hurts!” isn’t even scratching the surface of his best material. Enter politi

Owen isn’t a political comedian. He certainly doesn’t have a narrative he’s pushing down your throat. But the son of two college professors, Owen is what you would call an intelligent thinker. On a recent appearance on Louder with Crowder, Owen joked with host Steven Crowder that, “when I moved to Hollywood I was a liberal. When I left I was a conservative, only none of my views changed.” Owen has a gift of pointing out the obvious going on in society and dissect it to the truth. He uses logic like a grizzled world war 2 veteran that has “seen some shit.” He’s stated on many occasions that he doesn’t affiliate with any political party, but rather simply believes in Freedom of Speech. As a comedian it is obvious to see why. Owen, like many of the greats to come before him, believes that no subject is off limits in comedy. That laughing is imperative to healing. It’s not like Owen is running out on stage burning midgets (Owen is 6’7″, so literally anyone under 6 foot is a midget to this man) with cigarettes and laughing while the audience is gang raped by rodeo clowns.

Enter “Why Didn’t They Laugh,” Owen’s podcast where he breaks down audience reactions to his jokes. Owen’s ability to dissect his own material is ballsy to say the least. As a headliner he crushes, but every audience is different depending on an impossible amount of variables. Crowd size, alcohol intake, region, etc., is key. A joke that crushes in blue collar Cleveland might not land at a corporate gig in New York. Owen records all of his sets and plays clips of the audience reactions to the setup and punchline like a coach would play tape to his players following a game. One of the great things about WDTL is that fans have seen such a growth in Owen’s joke writing that nowadays he doesn’t have as much material of a joke not landing as in the beginning of the show. He’s been able to dissect his material so well that no matter the circumstance, the jokes are crushing without issue.

You might think that with less material to dissect his show episodes would be few and far between, but luckily for us that isn’t the case. WDTL has evolved into a show about human nature. Owen takes the same approach, but now is pulling the curtain back behind tweets, instagram posts, headlines, you name it, Owen is talking about it. Again, he’s not a political comedian. He is a critical thinker that stands up for free speech. I seriously can’t recommend WDTL enough to anyone that enjoys laughing a lot. Also, his social media is on fire. His periscopes are an unfiltered glimpse into pure joke writing. Watching him ask the room what song he should play while sitting at the piano and then writing a parody of that song on the fly with input from the comment section is magical.

So how does Owen Benjamin tie into a person that influenced my own craft, as each of these Unsung Heroes have. Well, Let me explain. Owen’s ability to write on the fly is truly inspiring and though I didn’t grow up with Owen, I do continue to grow with Owen. His podcast has influenced me on countless episodes and honestly has helped me grow as a public speaker. I’m no longer as quick to silence myself on a thought because I might not be as informed on a topic. Owen has shown me that dialogue is good. Expressing ideas are good. I’m 31. I don’t know everything. Why wouldn’t I want to continue to learn and evolve as a human. Owen is quick to acknowledge when he was wrong. But at least the subject was open in the first place and he was able to grow from the experience. In today’s society of what’s trending, many are quick to argue, but not willing to admit defeat.

Los Angeles lost a legend when Owen left to raise his family near his hometown. Owen currently resides in upstate New York with his wife Amy and son Walter. Many of his adventures can be seen on his periscope and instagram pages, as well as heard on Why Didn’t They Laugh and Case Closed Beers Open, a podcast with his brother Jason were they solve cases in exchange for beer. Be sure to check out Owen’s website HugePianist.com for info on upcoming stand-up dates and also pick up a sweet beer coaster. They’re hand made from trees Owen and Jason have cut down. Owen will be recording his next special this fall on his UK tour in Glasgow Scotland. You can support Owen’s podcasts on Patreon, as well.

Follow Owen Benjamin on social media via Twitter at @OwenBenjamin and on Instagram at @OwenBenjam. For all his upcoming tour dates, visit www.hugepianist.com.

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim


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The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Launches 2017 Comedy Tour Featuring Tony Hinchcliffe

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour Launches 2017 Comedy Tour Featuring Tony Hinchcliffe

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour has announced the launch of the upcoming comedy tour featuring rising stand-up talent Tony Hinchcliffe. A stand-up comedian who’s considered a fresh evolution in the now-popular roasting scene, Tony appeared in Comedy Central’s inaugural Roast Battle specials, Fusion’s All Def Roast Snoop Dog Smoke Out and is appearing in the upcoming season of Seeso’s What’s Your F@%king Deal.  “One Shot” Tony’s one-hour comedy special on Netflix–airing now– is an innovative take on the stand-up special which follows him in one continuous take. The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour featuring Tony Hinchcliffe marks the largest-ever national tour of his career so far and kicks off in St. Louis on August 2 and concludes in Los Angeles at the Comedy Store on September 5. Tickets are available: HERE.

“I couldn’t be more excited about the Monster Energy Outbreak Comedy Tour for me Tony Hinchcliffe,” says Hinchcliffe. “I’ve got shows in the Midwest, the South, both the East coast and the West. I’ve got shows, I’ve got shows, in different area codes.”

Watch Tony Hinchcliffe: HERE

Watch “Kill Tony” podcast:HERE

“Tony is bold, rebellious and gut-wrenchingly funny. We first saw him during Snoop Dogg’s Comedy Central Roast and immediately knew he was a perfect fit for this tour”, adds Steve Glazer, the founder of The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour. “We can’t wait to see the avenues Tony is going to pave in comedy.”

With his dark, free-flowing, and truly unapologetic stand-up comedy style,Tony Hinchcliffe is one of the most widely respected punch up writers in both TVand stand-up and highly trusted by the best comedians in the world includingChris Rock and Dave Attell. Hinchcliffe has worked as a staff writer on the past six Comedy Central Roasts, shaping iconic sets from many dais members ranging from Jeff Ross to Martha Stewart. He is a writer for NBC’s New Year’s Eve with Carson Daly, Will Ferrell’s one hour special, the Comedy Central Roasts, the Comedy Central specials Jeff Ross Roasts Criminals: Live at Brazos County Jail and Justin Willman’s Sleight of Mouth.

Hinchcliffe hosts the popular, weekly podcast show, “Kill Tony,” which now has over 200,000 downloads per week. On the road he sells out with strong word of mouth drawing power due to his podcast, being a regular on The Joe Rogan Experience and years of opening/featuring theaters on tours with Jeffrey Ross, Joe Rogan, Dave Attell and most recently Dave Chappelle.

Tony recently added interviewing to his podcasting empire with his new show “The Pony Hour” as well as his hilarious pro-wrestling panel podcast “The Store Horseman” which he records with his friends Josh Martin, Chris Burns, Matt Edgar and Johnny Skourtis. Tony has opened for the 311 tour, appeared on NBC’s Last Call w/ Carson Daly and Comedy Central’s @Midnight. Already well known in Los Angeles, Tony is poised to steal the show at many upcoming comedy festivals, tours, and venues around the world.

The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour previous comedy tours have included Garfunkel and Oates, Chris Distefano andmore. The mission of The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour is to discover rising stand-up talent and give the comedian their largest national U.S. tour and exposure. Last year, The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour helped re-emerge Andrew Dice Clay in a nationwide tour alongside prominent TV roles including the premiere of his new Showtimeseries Dice.” 

For more information: www.tonyhinchcliffe.com

Twitter: @TonyHinchcliffe

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/tonyhinchcliffe/?hl=en 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TonyHinchcliffe/

For more information on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour, visit:#OutbreakTour,  Twitter: @outbreakpresnts,  Instagram : @outbreakpresents, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OutbreakPresents,@MonsterMusic and @MonsterEnergy.

Catch Tony Hinchcliffe on The Monster Energy Outbreak Tour (HERE):

St. Louis, MO
Ready Room
Madison, WI
Majestic Theatre
Ferndale, MI
The Magic Bag
Minneapolis, MN
Women’s Club
Nashville, TN
Huntsville, AL
Stand Up Live
Louisville, KY
Mercury Ballroom
Indianapolis, IN
Deluxe @ Old National Center
Cleveland, OH
House of Blues
Columbia, SC
Music Farm Columbia
Decatur, GA
Eddie’s Attic
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
Charlotte, NC
Comedy Zone
Baltimore, MD
Baltimore Soundstage
New York, NY
Gramercy Theater
Cambridge, MA
The Sinclair
San Francisco, CA
Portland, OR
Aladdin Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
The Comedy Store

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Communication Breakdown: Don Jamieson On His Evolution As A Standup Comic

Communication Breakdown: Don Jamieson On His Evolution As A Standup Comic

If you are a fan of hard rock and heavy metal, you probably already know the work of comedian Don Jamieson. Alongside his long time writing partner, Jim Florentine, and radio icon Eddie Trunk, these metal aficionados became legends in their own right as the hosts of VH1 Classic’s long-running and highly acclaimed series, ‘That Metal Show’. Crisscrossing the nation with more gigs per year than any hardworking metal band on the scene, Don Jamieson lives and breathes rock ‘n’ roll. Named one of the top 10 metalhead comedians by Revolver Magazine, Jamieson has captured some of his most irreverent work to-date on his third album, ‘Communication Breakdown’. Recorded at The Funny Stop in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, ‘Communication Breakdown,’ available now from Metal Blade Records, is the legendary standups’ third live comedy album and ushers in a new era of comedic storytelling to his already fierce arsenal of sidesplitting funny material. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with the comedian to discuss his evolution as a standup, the current state of comedy, and what the future might hold for one of comedy’s (and metal’s) brightest stars.

It’s great to catch up with you again, Don. I think it’s been several years since we last connected for an interview, and you have had a ton of stuff going on. To start, I wanted to go back to your very early years. What went into finding your creative voice as a young comic?

It really came down to practice and getting on stage. Another part of it is, being in the rock and metal world so heavily and being known through ‘That Metal Show,’ really allowed me to start incorporating more of that connection with my material. Hard rock and heavy metal is such a big part of my life, the music that we love, I asked myself, “How am I not talking about this on stage?” so, I’ve definitely done that a little more in recent years. As far as your comedic voice, it really comes down to just getting up there, doing it every night and hopefully it comes to you eventually.

You tour over the country as a standup comedian. How do you gauge the audience as far as how metal you might take it on any given evening?

It depends on how many Iron Maiden shirts are in the crowd! [laughs] That’s really what you do is gauge it. You put your toe in the water with some of the more well-known bands and if people are responding then you can get a little deeper with it. Generally, even if I do jokes about bands that people might not know, I try to set it up for them so that I kind of paint a picture so I don’t lose the crowd. That’s a big part of what I do as well… I’m a nightclub comic. You want your ad to appeal to people who might just be out on a Friday and Saturday night who just want to sit, laugh and have a good time. It’s a little bit of everything and you have to listen to the audience and let them tell you where they want to be taken.

I’m sure I speak for a lot of your fans when I say it’s really inspiring to see a guy melding what he loves into an awesome career!

Yeah, I would feel weird now releasing material or being on stage and not talking about that part of my life. I embrace the world of rock and heavy metal. It’s the only type of music I ever liked. The first two albums I ever had were KISS’ “Destroyer” and George Carlin’s “Occupation: Foole,” so comedy, hard rock and metal have always been my world.

You have a brand new album, ‘Communication Breakdown,’ which was recorded at a small club. What can you tell us about the venue and why you choose it?

I work a lot in Ohio and my humor definitely appeals to the blue collar cities like Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and places like that. Cuyahoga Falls is just outside of Cleveland and The Funny Stop is a great club. It’s just an old school club with a great vibe! Ya know, when I’m at a baseball game… it’s great to go to Yankee Stadium, but I don’t really need sushi and a chocolatini sent to my seat at a baseball game! It’s the same thing with the comic club. You just need a really great room that sounds cool and an audience that is really into it. That’s really why wanted to record at The Funny Stop.

Did you have any particular goals in mind when you started plotting this album?

I wanted to keep with the general style of how people know me. I like to tell a lot of jokes in the hour that I’m on stage, but I also have a lot of stories the I’ve been tinkering with and experimenting with. I wanted to take a chance because it’s a real challenge to tell stories onstage. Usually, I like to get a laugh about every 30 seconds. Sometimes, with these stories, you go a little longer. You still need to get laughs but it’s a different style of doing comedy. It was a real challenge, but it really paid off. There are stories about meeting Kiefer Sutherland and Johnny Depp, as well as a story about how I can’t block myself from having a threesome. I have some really great personal stories and I really felt the need to tell them, so I was glad that I was able to do that this time around! You aren’t typically going to go to a comedy club and hear stories from comics about getting a hickey from Kiefer Sutherland! That’s not something you’re generally going to hear! [laughs] I really wanted to put my own stamp on things because as comedians we generally talk about the same stuff. We talk about all the painful crap in our life from divorces to breakups to any kind of loss or pain. A great example is the skateboarding story but I put on this album. I bashed my head open in front of my nieces and nephew and thought I was going to die. I figured if I was going to go through that amount of pain I needed to turn it into some kind of comedy, which is what we all do. The more specific you can make things, the more it kind of stands out for people.

Is this style of storytelling something you think you’ll do more of moving forward?

Yeah. The thing with comedy is that once your album comes out then you have to work on the next set, so I’m already working on new material. Actually, I tried a couple of new stories out on stage last night and they went pretty well. I think I’m definitely going to have that as a part of what I do from now on. I’m the worst storyteller in the world, so it’s a great exercise for me to do that and get out of my comfort zone.

In what other ways has your material evolved in recent the years?

Because everyone is so hypersensitive these days, I think it comes down to how creative you can be with what you say. You want to keep your edge but you also don’t want to offend people. What’s not offensive today will be offensive a week from now, and 3 three weeks from then it won’t be offensive anymore. As a comedian, as much as I like to make people laugh at things they wouldn’t normally laugh at, you also have to be creative about it and keep up with the times. That’s pretty much what it is now. You have to keep the essence of what you do, but also put it in a different way then perhaps you did in the past.

‘Communication Breakdown’ also features some riffage from Dave Mustaine, which is very cool. How did that come about?

It’s such an honor to have Dave on the album. I had seen him at the Revolver Awards in New York. He said, “Hey man, if you need anything from me just shoot me an email.” He was probably thinking I never would, but of course I’m the guy who always follows up and asks for the favor! [laughs] He was cool enough to do it for me and I really appreciate it! I’ve done that with my last two albums as well. I had Vinnie Moore from UFO on my last album and Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal on my first one, so having Dave was a real thrill!

Comedy has becoming a booming business once again in the past half decade and it continues to gain steam. How has that affected you as an artist and what’s the best part about being in the game right now?

It’s great because we can all find our audience now, whereas back in the 90s or early 2000s, unless you did a spot on ‘The Tonight Show,’ ‘Late Night with David Letterman’, or you got a Comedy Central special, it was much harder to do. Now there are so many outlets for comedians to do things! I would have never known 20 years ago when I started doing stand up that’s the thing people wouldn’t know me from the most would be sitting around on TV with two of my best friends interviewing rock stars! [laughs] That’s where my niche happened and that’s where I found my audience. That’s what’s so great about comedy these days; there is room for all of us, we all have our niche and we can play directly to them! I’m also lucky to be on a great record label, Metal Blade Records, who supports me as well. That’s another big part of it!

You definitely put your all into your career as a standup comic. In your opinion, what is the key to longevity in this day and age?

That’s a good question. I think if you go into comedy with the mindset of putting everything you’ve got into it, that’s the healthiest way to approach it. If you get into comedy because you think you’re going to become a star and make tons of money, you probably won’t. If you go into it because you have a love for it, a need to make people laugh, and you want to save a lot of money by not going to therapy because you’re telling your problems to perfect strangers, I think you’ll do okay in this business! It’s like any other job, man. You really have to bust your ass. You have to take it seriously, but it can also be a whole lot of fun. I’m grateful to be still doing it and still making new fans after 20 years.

“Communication Breakdown” just hit the streets. What lies in store for you in the coming months?

I’m going to be touring all summer. I will definitely be working on a lot of new material. I will be visiting a lot of new places, but I’ll definitely be coming back to some of the favorite places I have been in the past. When people come out they’re definitely going to see some new stuff and hear some of the greatest hits! Other than that, we’re still working and will always be working on trying to get ‘That Metal Show’ back on the air. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for that, not just because I was on the show but because it was such an important part of the scene and important to so many bands. For those reasons alone it’s really worth bringing back!

I couldn’t agree with you more! I think the show was appreciated when it was on the air but I think, now more than ever, it’s truly missed.

Yeah! Tell my mortgage broker about it! I always joke around and on the album I say, “I appreciate that you guys watched ‘That Metal Show’ long enough that I could buy house but not long enough for me to afford it anymore…” [laughs] So, let’s hope it comes back soon! In the meantime, I’m glad people are digging the new album and I appreciate the great support of people like you, and obviously you guys are big supporters of the scene as well.

Don Jamieson

You have pretty much done everything from comedy to hosting television shows to writing a book. Is there anything else you are anxious to tackle in the short term?

Oh boy! Ya know, I have shot a few pilots for some new TV projects, so we’re going to see what the status of those things are, and Jim Florentine and I are always up to some kind of nonsense! For people who haven’t heard our ‘Terrorizing Telemarketers’ CD or watched our ‘Meet The Creeps’ videos, those are available on iTunes. If you go and pick up “Communication Breakdown,” maybe check those out as well and see some of the stuff we have done in the past. He and I will always be collaborating all crazy comedy stuff!

As I said earlier, you can serve as an inspiration to a lot of people out there. What’s the best lesson we can take from your journey like yours?

Just support the music and comedy that you love because otherwise it goes away. Gene Simmons really caused a lot of controversy by saying “Rock is Dead.” I don’t think he meant it in the full sense of the whole scene being dead, but in a way I see what he’s saying, which is that if we don’t get out and buy the concert tickets and we’re only going to steal the music off the internet, then we are only hurting ourselves. Bands today make their living by touring. That’s how I make a living, by going out and touring. I’m not U2! I’m not going to sell 10 million comedy albums but I hope I sell a few! Every little bit counts, and if we support our artists then we are going to keep them around for a while and that’s really what’s important.

Well said! Thanks again for your time today, Don! Keep up the great work!

Thank you, Jason! You’re doing great stuff with Icon Vs. Icon and I hope to cross paths with you again very soon!

I’m sure I will be catching you on the road! Until then, I’ll be out there spreading the word!

Awesome! Thanks, Jason!

For all the latest developments in the world of Don Jamieson, visit his official website at www.donjamieson.com. Connect with him on social media via Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival: Event To Feature Eddie Money, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat

Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival: Event To Feature Eddie Money, The Marshall Tucker Band, Foghat

Two of the country’s most renowned comedians, Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, have teamed up to create RFD-TV presents Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival – a brand new comedy and music festival coming to multiple cities this summer, promoted exclusively by Live Nation. With a long history of collaboration, the two have toured together multiple times and even share a stand-up special, We’ve Been Thinking…, which was released this past August and is available on Netflix. Between the two, they have racked up multiple film and TV roles, Grammy nominations, comedy specials, and their own SiriusXM channel (Jeff & Larry’s Comedy Roundup). They’ve also hosted popular television shows, FOX’s Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? (Jeff Foxworthy) and the History Channel’s Only in America with Larry The Cable Guy (Larry The Cable Guy).

Jeff Foxworthy says, “Let’s be honest. If we didn’t have music and laughter we’d all go crazy! We’re trying to bring folks a double dose of both in one night. I can’t wait to kick this off and keep my sanity in check! See you there!”

Larry The Cable Guy adds, “If you don’t like this tour you need your American credentials taken away! This is gonna rock! I’m glad to be a part of such a fun event. I might even get to sing! (Only at sound check).”

RFD-TV presents Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival will feature the comedy of Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy, along with musical performances by rock acts Eddie MoneyThe Marshall Tucker BandFoghat, and more to be announced! Musical acts will vary by city, so check local listings. With a number of platinum records under his belt, Eddie Money is most well-known for his Top 40 hits including, “Shakin,” “Baby Hold On,” “Two Tickets To Paradise,” and “Take Me Home Tonight” which was a Grammy-nominated duet with Ronnie Spector. The Marshall Tucker Band has launched its 45th anniversary tour and continues to perform at sold-out shows across North America, having earned five gold albums and two platinum albums. Foghat formed in 1971 and has earned eight Gold records, one Platinum record and one Double-Platinum record. Their top 20 hit “Slow Ride” was named the 45th “Best Hard Rock” song of all time by VH1 in 2009.

With over six hours of entertainment, Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ Festival will be a full day of fun for the whole family. The concourse will feature a full selection of local barbeque options and a number of festival activities including dunk tanks, backyard games, and more.

A Citi® cardmember pre-sale begins Tuesday, March 7 at 10:00 a.m. through Friday, March 10 at 10:00 p.m. through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Tickets for the general public go on sale starting Saturday, March 11 at www.livenation.com.  Lawn and reserved seating tickets will be available for purchase, along with Family 4-Pack ticketing options on select dates. A full list of on sale dates is listed below. Additional information on tickets and pricing is available at http://www.jeffandlarrybbq.com.

A limited number of VIP ticketing packages will also be available for purchase. VIP Fan Packages are $199 and include one premium reserved seating ticket in rows 10 through 20; access to the VIP lane for expedited entry into the venue; a Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy survival kit, filled with a number of surprises; a souvenir VIP concert ticket; and on-site VIP host and ticket pickup. Git – R Done VIP Meet & Greet Packages are available to those ages 21+ for $399. These include one premium reserved seating ticket in rows 1 through 9; a Meet & Greet and individual photo opportunity with Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy; exclusive access to the VIP Club including a cash bar and dedicated restrooms (where available); one drink ticket per order; one VIP parking space per order (where available); access to the VIP lane for expedited entry into the venue; commemorative VIP laminate and branded lanyard; a Jeff Foxworthy & Larry The Cable Guy survival kit, filled with a number of surprises; a souvenir VIP concert ticket; and on-site VIP host and ticket pickup.

The initial tour dates for Jeff & Larry’s Backyard BBQ are as follows, with more to be added:

08/25/17 – Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre – onsale: 3/11 +^
08/26/17 – Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center – on sale: 3/11 +^
09/02/17 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – on sale: 3/17 +
09/03/17 – Dallas, TX – TBA – on sale: 3/31 *+
09/15/17 – Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion – on sale: 3/17 +^

* Eddie Money
+ The Marshall Tucker Band
^ Foghat

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Don Jamieson To Record New Stand-up Comedy Album In December

Don Jamieson To Record New Stand-up Comedy Album In December


Don Jamieson will record a new stand-up comedy album at the Funny Stop Comedy Club in Cuyahoga Falls, OH, to be released in 2017 via Metal Blade Records. Jamieson comments: “Come be a part of the fun when I record the follow-up to the Top 10 Billboard Comedy Chart Metal Blade albums, ‘Live & Hilarious‘ and ‘Hell Bent For Laughter‘!”

For more information, visit: www.funnystop.com. See below for all upcoming shows!

Don Jamieson stand-up tour dates
Nov. 23 – Broken Goblet Brewery – Bristol, PA w/ Jim Florentine
Nov. 26 – McGarvey’s Bar & Grill – Altoona, PA
Dec. 1 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 2 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 3 – Funny Stop Comedy Club – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Dec. 10 – The Wonder Bar – Asbury Park, NJ
Dec. 13 – Revolver Music Awards @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
Dec. 15 – The Block Entertainment Complex @ Harrah’s – Chester, PA w/ Dizzy Reed’s All-Star Band
Dec. 16 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
Dec. 22 – That Metal Show X-Mas @ Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ w/ Eddie Trunk & Jim Florentine
Dec. 28 – Parx Hotel & Casino – Bensalem, PA w/ Jim Florentine
Jan. 27 – Dingbatz – Clifton, NJ
Feb. 2 – Monsters of Rock Cruise – Tampa, FL w/ Queensryche, Stryper, and more

Jamieson’s stand-up act is his take on everyday life, with a heavy dose of sarcasm. Amongst his many accomplishments, his Metal Blade Records stand-up albums, Live & Hilarious and Hell Bent For Laughter, debuted on the Top 10 on the Billboard comedy charts. Jamieson also became an “Emmy Award-Winner” for his work on HBO’s ‘Inside The NFL’, where he and long-time comedy partner, Jim Florentine, wrote, produced and performed sports-themed comedy sketches.

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