OK, this is a first for me. Two firsts, actually. I’m putting on a gig, which I’ve never done before, and I’m recording the audio for a CD release, which I’ve also never done before. I’m super excited about this.
The idea for such an album was of course stolen. (Like everything else in comedy.) I started performing stand-up in Washington DC in 2005, and five of the acts I respected most had gotten together and done this very thing two years earlier. (The CD seems to have been scrubbed from the Internet, but it was (I believe) the brainchild of one Chris White.) Every once in a while I’d come across one of their old CD Release Party posters and think to myself, “Damn, that’s a great idea. Wish I could have done that with them.” And I’ve sat on the idea ever since, never quite being able to pull together enough willpower to set it up.
Cut to: Dublin, November of 2012. Tom O’Mahony and I are having a few pints and I tell him about this stupid CD/showcase idea that’s been knocking around my head and he hopped on it straight away. “Let’s do it,” he says, “sure I know a guy who could film and edit the whole thing. Let me text him right now.” (What’s the proper font to use to indicate a Tipperary accent?)
It’s amazing how once you have a partner, or a team, or anything larger than just yourself, ideas can seem to pick up their own momentum. The hardest part thus far has been trying to pick the lineup; there is a pretty deep talent pool in Ireland of “comedians who are tearing up rooms on the regular, yet who still remain unsigned or otherwise underutilized”. We actually wound up with a shortlist of 19 acts who we wanted to have; one frosty December evening in the Library bar, we drew names out of a hat. I’m very proud of the lineup; all of these acts are favorites of mine; I’d be proud to gig with any one of them. I just hope the people who we didn’t invite don’t hate me for not being included; the scene in Dublin is just so strong right now.
If all goes well, if we don’t take a bath financially, I see no reason why we won’t do this again and pick up the other half of that list. Fingers crossed.