I have officially made it, my people. No, I didn't get a spot on Letterman. No, I haven't been invited to perform at the Montreal Comedy Festival. No, I will not be appearing on America's Next Top Survivor Standing and Eating Goat Testicles for a Shot at Fifteen Minutes of Dubious Fame.
I've blown up on YouTube!
A few days ago, a recent standup video I posted was selected as the Pick of the Day. It has been viewed over 15,000 times. But besides the number of video plays and immeasurable dollars I received as a result of such notoriety, the best part are the YouTube comments. My favorite is by "mooospot" who called me a "dumbass libral crackhead welfare sucker...."
That's the best press quote ever, and I've made it part of my official presskit over at http://www.sonicbids.com/baratunde
This week's "Weekly Dig" has another one of my columns. It's a high school flashback and gets a bit into how a young radical is created. Consider it a glimpse at "the making of Baratunde." It's a good one.
As yall know, I love to promote myself, but I also like promoting other great artists. Here are my weekend pics for New York and Boston, starting tonight
TONIGHT, NEW YORK CITY
One of my favorite sketch groups. They have great videos online and a hilarious live show featuring super cool standup comics
People's Improv Theatre
154 W 29th St, Manhattan
FRIDAY, NEW YORK CITY
Long As You're Living, a tribute to Oscar Brown Jr.
I saw this show when I was in NYC last week. It's incredibly good and cool. Oscar Brown Jr. was an artist and activist who reminded me a lot of my mother. Linda does a great job presenting not only his work but his life.
158 West 72 St. (@ B'way)
I've known many members of this band since we cleaned bathrooms together in college. Now they're off to big things and have a management deal with with multi-platinum record producer and Eurythmics founder, Dave Stewart. This show will also feature another one of my favorite acts IN THE WORLD: The Foundation Movement, a ridiculously talented and TRUE hip-hop act.
I will be at this event, so let's hang together.
Get Tix at http://www.onslaughtentertainment.com/tickets
doors @ 8:30pm
5.5 Landsdowne St, Boston
- Baratunde Thurston
a proud dumbass libral crackhead welfare sucker