Podcasting is just one of the many ways by which comedians can develop a fan base, but over the last couple years, it’s also become one of the most lucrative. According to Adam Sachs, the CEO of Midroll — the company sells ads for popular podcasts such as “WTF With Marc Maron,” Scott Aukerman’s “Comedy Bang! Bang!,” Pete Holmes’s “You Made It Weird,” and Paul Scheer’s “How Did This Get Made” — “many comedians could survive today with the revenue from their podcasts alone.” Sachs says a podcast with 40,000 downloads per episode can gross well over $75,000 a year, and shows in the 100,000-download range can gross somewhere between $250,000 and $400,000.
He estimates that three or four Midroll podcasts will make over $1 million this year. This has been a boon to comedians like Maron, Aukerman, Chris Hardwick, and Bill Burr, comedy veterans who had to wait for the boom to truly break through — all of whom have recently parlayed successful podcasts into cable-TV shows and larger fees for stand-up appearances. (…)
“Comedy is to this generation what music was to previous generations,” Cook says.
Comedy nerds are as interested in the source code as they are the jokes themselves. In 2015, the source code is the jokes.
Amen, Brother was a little-known B-side released in 1969. Barely noticed at the time, its drum solo has been hugely influential, appearing in different forms in more than 1,500 other songs – but the band behind it never made any money from it. (…)
Now, an internet campaign is raising money for Spencer who owns the copyright for Amen, Brother. Set up by British DJs Martyn Webster and Steve Theobald, the campaign has snowballed far beyond their expectations through support from music fans and even some of the big name artists who have used the distinctive sound to help build their careers.
So far it’s gathered more than £18,000 ($26,000). (…)
“They didn’t have to do that – I didn’t even know them. Fifty years on, some young white boys that I’ve never met, halfway across the world said, ‘We’re going to give you a gift.’ It’s probably one of the sweetest things that’s happened to me in a long time.”
Well, no, but still.
Speaking of “punk”, does anyone else see a bit of Ari Up in this performance?
Jim Goad writes:
If a person wants to kill themselves, I suppose that’s their choice. Erasing oneself is probably the most self-indulgent thing someone can do. But when you drag other people into your suicide, it ceases to be so…libertarian? The children you financially strand and the loved ones you emotionally destroy have no choice in the matter. And on top of all that, deciding to drag 149 other people down with you into your sick miserable hole of self-loathing while you permanently scar thousands of other lives as a result? That’s a leap of selfishness as high as the French Alps.
I leave you with some stuff to listen to, and your weekly “Indian head” black & white test pattern:
Theo Caldwell’s “week in review” radio show.
Grab a coffee and enjoy FREE audio highlights from this week in American talk radio, including:
- Michael Savage’s 21st anniversary on the air
- Limbaugh and the Muslim antichrist
- Glenn Beck vs. Grover Norquist
I criticize Canada’s “Official Jews” a LOT, and as readers may know, I (and a bunch of other people, like JDL Canada) have been pushing back against the annual Toronto Al Quds Day rally (a.k.a. Dog Kicking Day) for years.
B’nai Brith has picked up this cause.
Safety third, people. Safety third.
…it should cause us to reflect on whether we have spent too much time in the last 14 years controlling things – doors, items you take on the plane – and not enough time looking at psychological motivations…
As a general rule, when something happens at 30,000 feet, the government regulators aren’t up there with you, and what determines whether anyone survives or not is whether the fellows who are present have the freedom to act – or whether the regulatory regime has put too many obstacles in the way. On the Germanwings flight, the captain might well have saved the plane – but the impenetrable door was too big an obstacle to overcome.
(Richard Fernandez points out a similar death-by-doors on September 11th – 200 people died in the elevators of the World Trade Center because it was assumed that the safest thing to do when an elevator stalls is immediately to disable the doors and keep everyone inside until the professionals can get to them.)
PS an oldie but goodie: Ooops! Thanks, enviro-wackos!
The use of asbestos ceased in the 1970s following reports of asbestos workers becoming ill from high exposures to asbestos fibers. The Mt. Sinai School of Medicine’s Irving Selikoff had reported that asbestos workers had higher rates of lung cancer and other diseases. Selikoff then played a key role in the campaign to halt the use of asbestos in construction.
In 1971, New York City banned the use of asbestos in spray fireproofing. At that time, asbestos insulating material had only been sprayed up to the 64th floor of the World Trade Center towers…
Levine’s company, Asbestospray, was familiar with the World Trade Center construction, but failed to get the contract for spraying insulation in the World Trade Center. Levine frequently would say that “if a fire breaks out above the 64th floor, that building will fall down.” (…)
Selikoff was certainly right to point out that some workers heavily exposed to certain types of asbestos fibers were at increased risk of disease. But Selikoff was wrong to press the panic button about any use of or exposure to asbestos. For example, no adverse health effect has ever been attributed to Levine’s technique of spraying wet asbestos, according to Harvard’s Wilson.
We may now be paying a horrible price for junk science-fueled asbestos hysteria.