Tony Hinchcliffe and his podcast/ variety – talk show – talent – freak- show- show business game changing jamboree, celebrated it’s ten year anniversary last week in Austin to a packed concert hall of three thousand crazed fans and who knows how many hundreds of thousands more streaming around the globe on Moment.co. It was more than a hit it was a major milestone for Tony and Redban and the whole Kill Tony crew. It was an American rags to riches story, a comedy Rocky. Born in front of twelve people in The Comedy Store’s tiny Belly Room, then forged down in the Main Room where it became a must- see show, touring the world, morphing into a genuine sensation in Austin, Tx, now slated to headline and sell out an arena down there this New Years eve.
AN ARENA ON NEW YEARS EVE 2023
It’s truly an amazing tale, and one of the most exciting, original, and electric forces of energy in American entertainment today. It couldn’t have happened to a nicer, more deserving little shit-heel anywhere. I’m kidding! I am. I give Tony a hard time, because, A) someone has to, and B) I love the guy, and he knows how much I think of him. If you read my book, STANDUPWORLD from three years ago, (FREE here when you sign up to our newsletter), or if you saw the stuff on him in The Comedy Store doc, or read the piece I wrote on him not long ago here,
You know how much respect I have for him and for his work. (By the way, this article, between here and my Substack, was read or downloaded over a hundred thousand times, one of the most popular pieces we’ve done which tells you how much buzz there is on this guy.) He deserves it as well, he’s made his own way in a really scary part of the business in tough years through the slowdown of stand up, then covid, and a slew of other tough winds at his back. A time when being a white guy with a wicked tongue was the last thing anyone was buying. He was the farthest thing in the world from the cool kid or in vogue, yet he never once came close to changing his style or his stance. Now he’s the man, and it’s only just beginning. I predict the next ten years will be when Tony really shines.
When I came back to the Store after years away and became aware of Tony, I remember one of the hottest comedians in the industry, who I was friends with, told me I was a fool to want to do a thing on him in the documentary. He claimed Tony was a bully, and treated newcomers shitty, that he was bad for stand up.
He was dead wrong. Next to Joe Rogan these days Tony has helped more people’s careers than anyone. Brand new stand ups, and comics that have been around for years. Bob Saget loved Tony, and Kill Tony. He used to tell me all the time how much he got out of being on Kill Tony, and what it did for not only his career, playing to a younger, crazier, crowd, but his confidence.
Tony’s own wicked unshakeable confidence has only gotten stronger and bolder in the last four years or so that I’ve known him, and it’s made him even funnier. Not just on the show, but as a stand-up. Dom Irrera, Jeff Ross, (who Tony started writing roast jokes for), and so many comics, Holtzman, Ron White, he’s given a lot of these guys, five month energy shots in the arm, not to mention what he’s done for the people who’s name he plucks out of the bucket.
Kill Tony’s formed a rag-tag group of nut-jobs and created a bunch of big time comedy names in the new world emanating out of Austin. He has an eye and it’s only gotten sharper. This newest guy he taken on, is Kam Patterson, he’s right, he’s got something special, same with Hans Kim, who slap the table funny in the anniversary show with new material about going back to Korea and seeing his family, then coming home to America and finding out we have “a black little Mermaid, the one group that has the least going in the way of swimming skills”. William Montgomery and Afrodeity, and David Lucas, all his regulars, one minute it’s the Gong show, one minute it’s the Tonight Show, and the next it’s Showtime at The Apollo. I also have to say the production values were damn good. Everything, the sound, the camera work, the graphics. It rivaled anything you’d see on a Network show or cable show, anything you’d need to see, put it that way. Half of that shit is so overproduced. So many moving cameras and flashy garbage you can’t appreciate what’s going on. This felt like something put together with heart and soul.
The opening music was astonishing. Just popped. Started the show so crisply. It’s still streaming for a couple more days. Get on it. Fast.
Okay, that’s it, enough kissing the little saps ass! If you’re in LA on July 1st come see ME! At the Ice House. Sat. Night July 1st. 8pm Mike Binder and Friends.
It’s a great line-up. Get Tix now. Last two shows sold out!
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