Hi everybody. I know it’s been a few weeks since Holy Fuck ended, but I wanted to say a few words of thanks and goodbye before putting the show away for good. I probably should have written this earlier, but I needed a bit of time to decompress. That last Holy Fuck show was, far and away, the most intense, most important, and best comedy show I’ve ever done. (Also longest!) It was amazing, but it also sucked the life out of both Jeff and me.
I hope you got into the show! If you didn’t, I sincerely apologize. I knew there would be a big crowd that night, but I couldn’t have dreamed that that amount of people would come. Holy fuck, indeed. The place was at capacity by 8pm.
We got as many people in as we could, though, and kept the show going until 1 am, so hopefully you were at least able to join us for the last hour or two of that crazy show.
Some highlights: Marc Maron performed, and I fucked up his intro so badly that he made fun of me onstage for minutes. I then felt so terrible about it while outro-ing him that he HUGGED ME on stage. He also murdered (obviously), as did Patton Oswalt, who finished his set with some huge compliments to Holy Fuck.
Megan Koester cried tears of joy onstage. I cried tears of joy onstage. And then I cried tears of joy offstage, during Megan Koester’s set. A shirtless Hasan Minhaj put Mark Alexzandr in a headlock. Jeremy and Jeff threw t-shirts into the crowd. Allen Strickland Williams told the history of Holy Fuck in powerpoint. Pat Regan wrote a song about Holy Fuck, and closed the show with it. People called out requests for comedians. People called out requests for jokes. People gave us standing ovations. It was the best night of my life.
Whether you made it in or not, though, I want to thank you. Seriously. Thank you so much. Thank you for coming out and supporting this weird, little endeavor of ours. I started the show never expecting it to last any amount of time. We booked comics we love, and booked our friends, and performed ourselves, and kept making videos, and you lovely people kept coming out week after week, supporting the stuff we made and continue to make. I appreciate you for that more than you will ever know.
The last week or so has been pretty emotional for me, and for a lot of other people, too, it seems. The morning after the last Holy Fuck, I woke up to over 30 text messages, and even more emails and facebook messages, thanking us and saying goodbye to the show. A lot of you miss it already, as do I. Thank you for that so much! (I HAVE A LOT OF THANKS TO GIVE, OKAY, PLEASE BEAR WITH ME.) (I LOVE YOU.)
As much as I miss the show, though, I know for a fact we made the right decision in ending it now. For one thing, if we didn’t end it, we’d never have had that incredible final show. And Jeff and I would still not have slept! But more than anything, it’s the response from y’all that’s convinced me. The most common message I’ve gotten from people is this: “Congratulations.” And I think that’s accurate. Holy Fuck was amazing, and it was important, and it helped so many of us in so many ways, but now we’re moving forward, and that’s a good thing.
Before I say goodbye, I’d just like to thank a few more people:
1) Thanks to Jeff Wattenhofer. He ran the shit out of that show, and booked the shit out of the show, and performed his dick off on that show, and made certain I never lost my mind completely. Seriously, thank you.
2) Thanks to Matt Ingebretson. He ran the shit out of Art Fuck, and backed us up in producing the show on so many occasions. We couldn’t have done it without him.
3) Thanks to Megan Koester. Her artwork, as well as her incredible live performances, made the show even more unique and impressive than I could’ve imagined.
4) Thanks to Jeremy Burke. That man jumped in to help producing at our most tumultuous time, and helped carry us along in a lot of ways. He dealt with some serious overworked craziness from me, and he continued to work his ass off and be the world’s smiliest dude. I will never forget that.
5) Thanks to Jessica Ruiz. She wasn’t working with us at the end, but she produced the SHIT outta the show for almost a year. She also came out and supported so much before and after that, and brought delicious cupcakes to the show, and was just a great friend. She was a huge part of every show, whether she was there or not.
6) Thanks to Allen Strickland Wiliams and Jake Weisman. They were there with me from the beginning. They’ve supported me and the show in so many ways, including morally and possibly sexually. Also with sketches.
7) Thanks to Pat Bishop. Not only are we in that weirdo sketch group together, but he’s shot countless Holy Fuck intro sketches. Hire this man and love this man.
8) Thanks to Gavin Heslet. He made the first ever Holy Fuck intro sketch, and practically hundreds more since! Hire THIS man, too. Love THIS man, too.
9) Thanks to Eric Dadourian. When it comes to moral support, he’s my guy. He is maybe Holy Fuck’s biggest fan, and I am maybe his biggest fan. He started stand-up at the Holy Fuck open mic, and it’s been an absolute pleasure to see him either laughing in the audience or killing it onstage at almost every show for the past three years. We didn’t get him onstage at the final show, and I hope I find a way to make that up to him some day. (I’M SORRY ERIC I WAS REALLY REALLY STRESSED OUT THAT NIGHT AND FORGOT A LOT OF STUFF.)
10) Thanks to Will Weldon. He’s my roommate, and a great friend, and a great comic, and came to the show from the very beginning just to hang out and support, even when he wasn’t on the bill. He was the first comic I looked up to that made me feel like the show was worthwhile. I’m not gonna forget that.
11) Thanks to Gus Aldana, Todd Hunt, Austin Wolf-Sothern, Emily St. Amand-Poliakoff, Tatiana Tensen, Geege Federico, Bradley Haering, Erin Weller, Niko Sonnberger, Ndjelko Spaich, Jenny Stern, and anyone else from the Downtown Independent staff in the past four years I might’ve forgotten. You made this show what it was! I love you all.
12) Thanks to Josh Brooks. He worked at the Downtown Independent, and recorded the SHIT out of our album. It sounds amazing, and he’s the reason. Hire THIS man, too.
13) Thanks to Dominic Del Bene. He’s the guy from Rooftop Comedy that made the Holy Fuck album possible. He worked day and night timecoding and mixing and editing that thing both with and for me. And always with a huge smile on his face. RooftopComedy.com. Seriously.
14) Thanks to Jim Kirst. It’s his theater. He believed in us, and kept giving us a great timeslot for our weird, little show, and through some of the hardest economic times. Love that theater, go to that theater, and support that theater in any way you can.
15) Thanks to Patton Oswalt. Not only did he take time out of his busy schedule to perform at our last show, but he couldn’t have been more nice, supportive, and complimentary. It was a delight to have him on the last show.
16) Thanks to Maria Bamford. She’s always been incredibly supportive, even since the beginning. She’d come out and perform and stay after and watch and laugh… It’s been a delight having her on the show, and I’m positive it woudln’t have gotten as big as it is without her.
17) Thanks to Marc Maron. Of the famous comics who’ve done the show, he’s been possibly the most supportive. He did the show for the first time on our most ill-attended night three years ago, and kept coming back, all the way to the last show. He most certainly helped the show get this big, too. I’ll always remember that.
18) Thanks to Mark Alexzandr and Tony Bartolone, for sitting in the front row when no one would, and for loving the show possibly more than anyone.
19) Thanks to Vince Caldera and his friends, also for sitting in front, and also for loving the show, and for making Holy Fuck their hangout even thought they had HIGH SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY. I love you dudes.
20) Thanks to Nick Santana, and Peter Santana, and the whole Santana family. It’s been awesome seeing y’all laughing in the front, and talking to Nick about music, and getting pseudo-hateful drawings of Jeff. Seriously, I love you all.
21) Thanks to Evelyn Cypress and Brian Rodriquez and their whole crew. You guys have been coming since the beginning! I can’t thank you enough. Let’s hang out. For real. Also, I’m convinced that some of you are homeless.
22) Thanks to Elizabeth Williams and Adam Johnson and all their friends. Also been coming since the beginning! You guys are the best! I love you guys.
23) Thanks to Crystal Scyphers and Bob Dot and their friends. ALSO been coming since the beginning! You guys were at the first show! I love you guys, too! SERIOUSLY COME TO L.A. MORE!
24) Thanks to Larry Holdaway and Angelina Cardone. They came every week, and after awhile, Larry became our defacto bouncer. He offered to bounce for us at the last show, instead of watching! I love that man. I love you both.
25) Thanks to Phillip Alba. Another man who’s been coming forever. I love you, man! Come to more shows!
26) Thanks to Ehrminia Trejo and her friends. You’re the BEST. You gotta come out to more shows! She’s been coming to the show so long that I remember, at one of our first big turnouts, she asked, “Hey what’s with all the douchebags?” I laughed and laughed so hard, and then yeah, we got a security guard.
27 & more) And thanks to so many more wonderful people who’ve been coming to the show since the beginning, and laughing, and saying hi after the shows, even though I really suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucked sometimes.
I know I’m forgetting people. I’m forgetting so many people. But I think you know who you are, and that I love you. Thanks to all the comics, and all the audience members, and all my friends. This has been the four best years of my life. I hope to see you all at shows in the future, and at whatever project you undertake, and whatever dumb thing I do next. I sincerely love you all. Thank you.
See you soon,
P.S. One more thing: I hope you start something. I hope you start a show, or a band, or a zine, or a website, or a meetup group, or whatever is your fancy. Start festivals, build things, make music, bring people together. It’s so much easier than you think. All you have to do is do it. So much art sucks, and so many of us are broke, that if you just give us something to do that we understand or somewhere to go that’s safe, we’ll do it, and love it. I really hope you start something.
I’m sure many of you heard this rumor floating around, and it’s true. HOLY FUCK is ending. July 2nd is our last show.
It’s sad, I know. We’ve had so much fun at that show, and at that theater. We’ve made all kinds of good friends, and done all kinds of good comedy… We recorded an album! It’s been great. It’s been more than great! It’s been the absolute best.
I’m gonna miss it! Oh man, I’m gonna miss it so much. HOLY FUCK has been a huge part of my life for years now. It’s helped me develop as a comedian in ways I never would’ve thought, and you people — you audience members… I love you so much. You’ve made Tuesdays my favorite night of the week for going on four years now. I keep rambling on about hugs and high-fives and I MEAN IT. You’re great. Keep coming out to shows. We gotta keep seeing your smiling faces! I can’t ever thank you all enough.
And to that point, it might be difficult to understand the reason we’re ending the show. I hope you can, though, because even though it’s hard and weird and maybe even abrupt, I think it’s the right decision.
The reason is basically this: It’s time to go.
That really is it. It’s time for us to go. It’s time for me to move on, it’s time for Jeff to move on, and it’s time for HOLY FUCK to move on. I’ve been producing this show for three and a half years now, and Jeff for two years, and though we love it, producing shows was never the main game for either of us. I’m really proud of the show — honestly, I’m the MOST proud of this show — but I’d like to start focusing on other projects.
Plus, Jeff and I aren’t new comics anymore! One of my favorite things about HOLY FUCK has always been that new comics, including open mikers that are just getting good, are given the opportunity to perform on a good show with a good crowd, and with great, well-traveled, well-known, sometimes famous comedians. Jeff and I are around four years in now, so we don’t know the emerging class of comedians as well. We should probably put the show in the hands of some younger comics, so it stays young, and diverse in its lineups.
And finally, HOLY FUCK needs to grow. I’m not sure exactly in what way, but as a free weekly show, it’s grown about as far as it can. The show’s so good now… It should expand into a bigger venue, and to other cities, and the comics should get paid! Maybe it’ll come back as a tour, maybe it’ll come back as random one-off shows, maybe it’ll come back as another album… I’m not sure. All I know is that it’s a great show, and the comedians perform their asses off on it, so there’s got to be a way for it to be cheap and accessible to all, but for the comics to get paid too. We’ve got some thinking to do, I s’pose.
So on July 2nd, we say goodbye to HOLY FUCK. Free Comedy. We hope you’ll join us for our four remaining shows. We’re gonna get silly. Some of our old favorites are coming back to perform, and some new blood, as well. Rory Scovel is doing a FULL HOUR at the show this coming Tuesday. I don’t know if I’ve ever been more excited.
And once we’re done, a new show arrives! July 16, I believe, is the first week of the Downtown Indpendent’s new weekly Tuesday comedy show, Sleepaway Camp. Austin Wolf-Sothern, Jay Weingarten, Doug Freedman, Travis Rust, and Ryan Schumaker will be running it. I LOOOOOOOOVE these guys. I think you will, too. They’ve been around the L.A. comedy scene for a year or so now, and they know how to have fun. They throw great shows, they’re already hilarious, and I know they’re gonna do well with HOLY FUCK’s old spot. Show ‘em some love, yo.
Before I go, I just want to say thank you. I started HOLY FUCK just a few months after I started stand-up, so it’s been with me this whole time, and it’s gotten me through some SHIT. The comics and the audiences both have been so supportive of my silly plan to make downtown on Tuesday night a place for idiots like me to have fun. I seriously can’t thank you enough. This show is so important to me. I’m never going to forget it.
THE ALBUM IS DONE. We recorded four shows earlier this year, and 44 comedians, then cut and mixed it and threw on three sketches, and here we are. (It was MUCH more difficult than that sounded. Don’t worry.)
If you haven’t heard… HOLY FUCK, the little neighborhood comedy show that could, is RECORDING A FUCKING ALBUM! Good gravy, are we excited.
Forty-two of our favorite comedians are booked on four consecutive shows — January 15, January 22, January 29, and February 5. All shows will be recorded in their entirety, but some of the sets will be cut down (and if the comic wishes, removed completely), so please, come out and see the real thing, and help us record a piece of history!
We have the lineups locked down. Solid. But before I announce them, please read this. I am quite often guilty of worry and overthinking, but I think this is important to say:
There are 42 comedians on this album. That is a lot of comedians. However, that is not anywhere close to the amount of great comedians in Los Angeles. It is not our intent, with this roster of 42 comics, to show the LA comedy scene in its entirety, but to provide a snapshot of what LA has to offer. You might not see your favorite comic on the show, and if you’re a comic, you might not have been asked, but that says absolutely nothing about you or anyone else’s abilities as a comedian, or our desire to have you/them on the show.
I legitimately feel bad we could not put more comics on this album. I love so many comedians in this town, both for their work and for their personalities, and I just wanted to take this moment to make sure that you, and the rest of the world knows how we feel. We plan on making another compilation, and another. We would put everyone we think is funny on if we could. This album, we decided we wouldn’t have anyone on who wasn’t living in LA and a part of the show within the first year of the show existing. And even within that boundary, we couldn’t get everyone on we wanted!
This album is for the LA comedy scene. We truly hope you agree. We want the rest of this country and world to see what amazing comedy and comedians this city has to offer — from the famous TV-actin’, well-known type of comic all the way down to the young idiots no one’s ever heard of. And yeah, there are way more great comics than we could fit on this album, and yeah, it fucking SUCKED trying to pick which ones we’d have, but in the end, we’ve got a great sample of the huge population of great performers and writers in this town, and we know you’ll agree. Do come out, say hi, and have fun with us.
Now. WITHOUT FURTHER ADIEU! Here are the lineups for the cd recordings:
Tuesday, January 15 // 9pm
Tuesday, January 22 // 9pm
Allen Strickland Williams
Tuesday, January 29 // 9pm
Tuesday, February 5 // 9pm
The lineups are subject to change, but they won’t change much. Hope to see you out at the shows!
They’re each at… The Downtown Independent
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012 holyfuckcomedy.com
In total, 42 comedians and four entire live shows will be recorded — the shows on January 15, January 22, January 29, and February 5.
Dana Gould, TJ Miller, Natasha Leggero, Kyle Kinane, and Eric Andre are just a few of the comics you’ll see at these shows.
Every comedian will be doing a 5-minute set. Five minutes of their best material amidst other great comics doing five minutes of their best material. These shows are going to be insane.
Once it’s all recorded, the comics will choose which of their stuff will go on the album, the fine people at Rooftop Records will master the tracks, and from that we’ll craft a (2-CD or 3-CD) compilation album. We’ll also be throwing in some audio sketches from groups you may have seen at Holy Fuck, and other silliness from other idiots we know.
WE ARE FUCKING ECSTATIC.
Please, do come out and have fun with us. We’ll be announcing the lineups next week, but I can guarantee you: they are incredible. We’ll be smiling and laughing and recording a little piece of history over this month and next. We’d love it if you were a part of that.
Here’s the info. Please feel free to spread it around:
HOLY FUCK. (The Album Recordings!!!)
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
9pm each night // FREE
at The Downtown Independent Theater
251 S. Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
And in the mean time, come to our show next Tuesday (January 8)! It’s not recorded, but the lineup’s amazing. And it’s our first show of the year! Come!
We love you. We truly do. Thank you so much for making our show such a wonderful success for three years running. We could not have done it without you, or you, or you, or YOU, OR YOU, OR YOU!!! (WE LOVE EVERYONE.) Do come down, have some food, have some beer, have a hug, have a seat, and enjoy the spoils of three years of great comedy. This will be a night of friends. (Also laughter and getting wasted.) (Kids may not get wasted.)