Joe Lists third special shot in the basement of the Comedy Cellar has been up since last Friday and it’s already an indisputable success. It’s his best special according to anyone that’s seen it, it has well over two hundred thousand views in just a few days, and the comments and reviews are all pretty stellar.
I’m not really sure what it is that’s so great about Joe. He’s not like anyone else that I can think of. He’s unique not only in style and looks, but also his take and tack on the way to get ahead in stand up. I mean, I guess he’s similar to his playdate pals, Mark Normand, and Sam Morril in tone, but also in their particular run up the hill. Sling-jokes-fast-work- hard podcasting-forge little digital pieces- guest on other shows-tour constantly-come out with a yearly special- rinse and repeat. It’s the new working man’s road to the center of town. Joe and his pals have locked it in as a winner route in the last five years or so.
But sadly, You Tube, which sucks ass, has decided they can’t fully monetize him for a few jokes they didn’t get. This happens more and more. Steve Byrne and friends have a new site up called PUNCH UP which is another place to get the special so watch it there and Venmo or send Joe some Paypal dollars if you like it. (Full disclosure; We’re working on something to drop soon here at Standupworld where comics can upload their specials exclusively and non-exclusively and take their share of up to have of the profits of the six buck subscription price. It’s pretty exciting. Places such as what we’re doing (fully uncensored Free Speech, hell yeah!) and Punchup and Moment.co are really going to change a lot of things, and Joe is smart to jump early. He’s been a jump early guy for a long time.
OPEN SORE – LIVE TWO SHOWS A NIGHT
Joe’s style is unique to Joe because he’s only about Joe. The closest I can compare him to is Larry David back when he was doing stand up. It’s the same dry open sore sense of the world coming down on his head live two shows a night. He also keeps getting better and better. A piece he does about seeing his wife’s butt-hole is very Larry David, yet distinctively Joe List. Similarly a story he tells about a high school auditorium opposing team’s fan bleachers chanting ‘you’re so ugly’ to him, and then his home crowd’s response in his support is hilarious, and something probably only Joe and maybe Woody Allen could have pulled off.
He was on my podcast this week. We had some technical difficulties, so it wasn’t my favorite episode (and a dog ate my homework) but I did enjoy talking to him about his podcasts.
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I love some of the little digital stuff he does, including this one.
He’s got about five podcasts or something. Here’s an episode of one that I like with Ari Shaffir
If you want to see Joe live go to his website ComedianJoelist.com
Hey, ALSO, if you’re in SANTA MONICA..
The second week of a new comedy venture at Las Puglia, the best Italian restaurant in Santa Monica. Is going to be great. Last weds was packed and people loved it. If you’re in the area, come out.
1621 Wilshire blvd. One blk west of 17th street.
Get your tickets NOW! It’s only 75 seats. An intimate little room for a night of hysterical comedy and exquisite Italian food.