Monday 19th of June 2017

June 18, 2017

It has been a month since the New Zealand International Comedy Festival, and after this year's show I have learned two things.

 

1) What I get out of stand up comedy is a sense of connection and being understood.

 

2) Over 11 years in stand up, I have not built up a fan base in any real sense of the word. 

 

What I have been hinging future success on is the idea that if I continually improved as a comedian I would gather a following. As it turns out the "if you build it, they will come model" only works in an offline society and even then, you still have to be as entertaining to watch as the slow spread of brain disease in an Ohio corn farming community. Sidenote: Someone called "Shoeless Joe" is the most Kevin Costner-y thing I could think of putting in a movie. As soon as you're o.k with Shoeless Joe, your next thought is "Well we've gotta get Kevin Costner for this."

 

My lack of skills re: nurturing and marketing to a fanbase now feels ridiculous. Like as a business I look like one of those professional arm wrestlers. 

 

So.

 

I'm going to try to do this better. It seems to me the first step is giving people something by which they can identify who/what I am/do, and with that in mind I am making available my show from this year's comedy festival.

 

This recording is from the opening night of my show in the NZICF, which was this whole thing's first outing in front of an audience. It's not perfect but it's the best recorded example of the aforementioned who/what I am/do.

 

It is available at

 

rhysmathewson.bandcamp.com

 

for the low low price of whatever you think it is worth.

 

I hope you like it.

 

 

 

 

 

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