Be a Patron of the Arts!

Buy Me!

When you said come over for diner, I didn’t think you meant this…

For my post this week, I want you all to spend $2 on  our album. It’s not comedy but we are trying to get it to go up the charts on Amazon. So think of it as a poor writer/musician begging for spare change, and you’d give it to a homeless guy so why not a writer/musician? I could give you some bullshit about investing in someone’s dreams but in reality, you are helping my band get a number one slot on Amazon even if it’s only for one day.

“But wait a second Aaron. If I give you $2, and everyone else does won’t you get rich? Isn’t that a Ponzi scheme?”

Who are you and how did you start talking in my blog?

“I don’t know. I felt compelled to ask a question.”

But why now? Why not three years ago when I started the blog?

“I don’t know. Look, I was browsing the internet for KFC Cosplay and I really don’t want an erection to go waste so will you answer the question or not?”

Right, well. I really don’t want to know. Better answer the question at the very least to get rid of you. Yes, I’ll get rich and no it’s not a Ponzi scheme because you get music out of the deal. And if I do get rich, I’ll just write more and create more music. So if you like what I write and/or what music I create. Then you should support it.

“I lost my erection, jerk.”

This is really serious! In the olden days, the days when tights were manly-

“The Eighties?”

No, the Renaissance. Rich people used to support artists by paying them to create art, music, etc. These rich people were called patrons of the arts and with patrons, a lot of artists wouldn’t have made it.

“So when I pay hookers to dress like Colonel Sanders, I’m a patron too?”

No, that’s just sick. But you can be a patron. In fact, the internet has given us a rare opportunity to support the art, music, or writing we love and we don’t have to be rich. Give an artist you like $2 and those will add up and eventually be turned into more of what you like from that artist. People really have the power to fund music, movies, books and just about anything they love and the don’t have to spend a lot to do it.

“Do you think if a cop pulls me over and says ‘License and Registration,’ then I say ‘Sure, but I’m going to finish my coffee first,’ they would let me finish my coffee?”

Were you listening to anything I just said?

“What if it was a Venti? Like those giant ass ones and I slurped slowly?”

You know what. Never mind, just let industry decide to give you whatever it wants. Don’t come crying to me when you don’t like any of the movies, books, or music to come out. You could have been a patron.

“Dude, there is this video you have to check out!

Totally crap my pants funny!”

Thank you for proving why we need patrons.

Eat, Drink and Be Larry

All this Hamlet The Vampire Slayer happenings makes me nostalgic for the Eat, Drink and Be Larry days. The days when doing the fine art of theatre involved dressing up like Yoda:


Emperor Palpatine goes to a used clone army salesman

I always find comedy to be fascinating in that it’s always part of the fringe.  For example, there is a theatre group in Albuquerque called Tricklock (the gentleman in the hat on the right is a member). They are internationally known, bring in acts from Europe and likewise take shows there.

Eat, Drink, and Be Larry’s closest connection to Europe was a German guy sent us a film for our tiny little film festival at the Guerrilla Tango (the now defunct theatre where we did the later half of our shows). We got so excited; we changed the name from The First Guerrilla Tango Film Festival to The First International Guerrilla Tango Film Festival. Which of course is a silly act because of our singular foreign film.

For us comics, we were sort of the bastard step children of the stage world. Most people look at a show as method to express emotions, political beliefs, or abstract intellectual ideas. We looked at it as a way for Dracula to give his three female vampires a full grown man wearing a diaper in parody of the Francis Ford Coppola’s baby eating Dracula.

Eat, Drink and Be Larry

The Eat, Drink and Be Larry crew

We really couldn’t take anything seriously. In fact, writing sketches was fueled by people that took themselves way to seriously. I remember a series of sketches I wrote about Steve from Blue Clues investigating really heinous murders with the same doofy kids show gusto. So maybe we did take comedy very seriously. The premise must seem like it’s real in order to be funny. But since the end result is silly, comedy stays on the fringe.

Sketch acts aren’t looking for prestige because there is little be had in late night theatre where Ophelia drowns herself in a bowl of water. But we are looking for that connection with the audience. A well crafted joke can create a moment shared by an entire a room full of people. For a brief period of time, the comic is connected with everyone in a emotional event that can be only described as joy. The performer and audience alike become part of an experience greater than themselves. The allure of comedy is being part of that fringe.