The Short Version :
Rev. Mitcz performed a 35-minute show on his 33rd birthday (Oct 29, 2011) for an enthusiastic group of friends and drunks. Recorded at Flappers Comedy Club in Burbank, CA
The Long(er) 1st-person Version :
On my 33rd birthday, I decided to record an EP-length special. I’d been kicking around some weird material for awhile, my birthday was going to be on a Saturday, I could get one of the smaller rooms at Flappers (in Burbank, CA) free and clear, and I figured if I scheduled it to end by 8-9pm then I wouldn’t fuck up anyone’s Halloween plans. Ahh.. the naiveté of assuming anyone in LA wants to spend any part of Halloween at a comedy club, much less to in Burbank at all. The rain didn’t help, as that makes most Angelenos cancel any plans that aren’t really damn important or likely to be really worth it – Uber wasn’t quite a “thing” yet, having launched exclusively in San Francisco only months before – so, the crowd was maybe 20-30 people.
I’m proud of the material. And the performance. But… the audience was small, the production was kinda “meh” — I never got the high-end DSLR footage from my friend, so this is from my little Flip-style cam at 720p — and overall I just figured I could do better at a later time. Ultimately, I pretty much abandoned every joke in this set as I wrote new material that I was more excited about. The jokes from this special represent a snapshot of who I was in that moment, and I don’t regret any part of it.
So, this represents a weird mid-way point between my first special that was far more Comedian Tells Jokes and my most recent special which is more raw, honest, and accurately reflects my personality, attitude, and a more comfortable style of performing.