As I type this, the master file for our Comedic Views Velveeta Room episode, the Season 2 finale, is being exported. I’ve thought about writing up some kind of article to commemorate the occassion- something that catches my state of mind having now completed 24 episodes spanning interviews with 17 of our favorite comics and friends… so here we are.
Comedic Views is very special to me for a number of reasons. For one, it helps promote the amazing comedy scene we have here in Austin, Texas. My hope is that people stumble across these and learn something they didn’t or discover a comic they will grow to admire. Even seeing responses on Reddit like, “Hey, I know Danny Palumbo!” is awesome.
On a personal level, Comedic Views, or at least the concept of interviewing comics, is what transformed a hobby into a part-time career for my wife and me. A little over 2 years ago, I asked a comic if he would let us interview him on camera. Truthfully, I was desperate to work on some form of video production and figured an interview would be something to sink my teeth into for a month or so. After the 35 minute interview, I realized we needed B-Roll of him performing. As I was documenting that during a Punch show in the Summer of 2011, another comic asked if I could tape their set as they needed an audition set. And from that point forward, we continued to get requests for tapes, which eventually led to us taping a showcase, and then FPIA, etc. So although the first interview, will never see the light of day, it served as the blue print for the two seasons of material we’ve compiled thus far and resulted in the amazing experience we’ve had working with and befriending such talented folk.
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So some stats to throw at you-
- There are 24 episodes averaging 3 minutes apiece. We’ve essentially made a feature length documentary on 24 different subjects.
- Raw interview footage ranged anywhere from Chris Tellez’ scant 10 minutes to Andrew Tompkins’ epic 90 minute discussion.
- No less than 6 different camera models were used throughout production. There’s even a Vine video used in the Season 2 intro. If I learned anything throughout making this series it’s that there is no one camera that can perform all your desired functions.
We have friends to thank-
Brendan K. O’Grady
Without you guys, we have nothing. Thank you for letting us into your lives and giving us such great answers.
I also owe an apology to the following comics-
We had scheduled your interviews for the second season in February of this year but the timing just didn’t work. I promise, when we start rolling for the third season, you guys are our first stops.
And yes, we do plan to make a third, and likely fourth, season.
Finally, I couldn’t have done any of this without the person I owe the most appreciation to- my wife Jen. As an interviewer, her process is lightyears ahead of what I can produce (thus two interviews I conducted that are locked away in a vault). Her input, insistence on quality, and positive encouragement allowed us to complete these two seasons. I wouldn’t know what to do without her in general but Comedic Views is a team effort, and she does more than her share of the heavy lifting.