I have been on the road a crazy amount as of late, but keep making strides towards making this special a reality. Part of that has been trying to get press for the special and for this blog in particular. I’ve made some good in-roads (especially with publications I already have a relationship with), but hoping to really kick the PR machine into full gear by the end of this month.
Got the 1st official blog post in iTricks.com (post here) and have mentioned this blog in my regular column in Genii, the largest, oldest, and only-est magic magazine in the U.S., so hopefully this will begin to get the snowball rolling, if only a little.
If you know of anybody I should reach out to, are a reporter yourself, or have a blog/podcast you’d like me on, hit me up by e-mail!
Thanks to the amazing work of Mike Boyce, we have the 1st trailer of the special! There’s a full trailer in the works that shows a bit more of the magic, but very excited for you to see our first teaser!
As always, send any feedback you have to harrison [at] IWantANetflixSpecial.com – stay tuned for some even more exciting announcements soon!
When I launched this blog last year, I had no idea if something this crazy (just literally asking for the thing you most want) would work out. Still don’t. But it’s definitely been really exciting working towards this massive goal.
So what happened since I launched the blog in 2016? I toured the special around the country including at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. I also did a North American tour and my 5,000th show, which just so happened to be at Just for Laughs Montreal, a festival I’ve always wanted to do. And we launched a beta test for the special, something’s that’s never been done with a special before, which led to some incredible feedback from you guys.
And now for 2017? I’m expanding my focus. I was featured on Seeso (NBC’s streaming comedy service) back in October (here’s a clip). Both Seeso and Amazon have been launching really incredible specials, so I’m hoping to reach out to those services as well in order to see if they have any interest in a comedy+magic special. (I hope they do!) All of which means 2016’s IWantaNetflixSpecial.com is now 2017’s IWantaNetflixSpecialButSeesoorAmazonIsCoolToo.com (but the old URL still works and is easier to type).
The special will be filmed this year. There’s a director lined up and some plans already in motion. There’s also a trailer to be revealed within the next month. If I have to fund the special myself, I will. I can’t wait to get this filmed, edited, and out there for everybody to enjoy, so it’s something I’m going to do everything in my power to get done.
Thanks for coming with me on this journey so far — there’s much more to come in 2017!
I’m continuing to tour the show all around the country and the end of November and December is no exception!
I’ll be performing excerpts from the show Nov. 27 at the Parlor of Mystery (Lindenhurst, NY), Nov. 29 at Comedy Magic Monthly (New Haven, CT), and at a double-header on Dec. 19 at Monday Night Magic (5 & 8 PM at the Players Theatre in NYC).
On Dec. 27th at 9:30 PM, I’ll be performing the FULL uncensored, 70 min. show at Feinstein’s/54 Below in NYC, where it will be the first magic show EVER at the acclaimed venue. So excited! Tickets are available here.
On Sunday, Nov. 6th, I performed the full special (all 70 uncensored minutes) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. It was a HUGE honor and thrill and makes me even more excited about finally getting this thing filmed and on Netflix (fingers crossed)!
Look for clips soon, as well as the official trailer for the special (finally!) and additional tour dates!
I’m excited to be touring Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened? over the next few months, filming the shows for (at the very least) use in a trailer or pitch materials for the special.
Next Friday, Oct. 14th, at 7:30 PM, I’ll be at the Schimmel Center, performing the full, uncensored show as the opening of their fall season. Tickets are available at http://schimmelcenter.org/event/harrison-greenbaum-what-just-happened.
I’ll be announcing more dates soon (including Nov. 6th at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.!), so look for that, but in the meantime, I’ll see you on Oct. 14th!
I’m currently in Chicago, the 4th stop on a North American tour that includes shows in Boston, Washington, D.C, Toronto, Vancouver, Seattle, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Here’s the current view of the lake from my hotel window:
I’m opening for the hilarious and unbelievably talented Gad Elmaleh (“the Jerry Seinfeld of France”) and having a blast! We’re hitting 8 cities in 10 days, so it’s really been a whirlwind of a tour (and I’m loving every minute of it).
The tour ends with a show in Oakland, CA, and I’ll stay another 2 days on my own, taping a 10-12 min. set LIVE for Seeso’s “The Guest List: Live at the Barrel House,” which means I’m thaaaaat much closer to my Netflix special (I hope).
Follow all of my travel-related antics/photos via my Twitter and my Instagram. And if you’re in one of the cities I’m in (all the show dates/places are on my tour calendar), say hi!
I know it’s nerdy to keep track of numbers like this, but since moving to NYC, I’ve tallied up the amount of shows I do each year. And tomorrow, since I started counting Jan. 1st, 2009, I will be hitting my 5,000th show! It’s a fun milestone and I guess the connection to this blog is that I’d love to bring that experience to a special.
In Montreal at Just for Laughs through Friday night, so will keep you posted!
I’m touring the U.S. and Canada this whole summer, performing my special (or parts of my special) at most of these tour dates. Headed to Montreal’s Just for Laughs Festival (the biggest and most prestigious comedy festival in the world) this Monday, so hoping to run into some people who can help make this special a reality!
In other news, continuing to get great (and super-helpful) feedback from the beta test, as well as adding little things to the show on my own, thanks to being able to run the show/special at the Magic Castle, Tannen’s Magic Camp, and at the Society of American Magicians’ National Convention in Indianapolis.
All of that, and I got to break in my new suit (which is the one I’d like to wear for the special). I know this sounds silly, but I’ve been wearing the same suit since 2005 when I was a sophomore in college, so 11 years later, I finally have a suit that’s current and fits really well. (One of the more recurring comments from the beta has actually been, “Get a better suit!” Well, I’ve listened and I do now! Easy fix!)
More news soon!
(For details and tickets to these shows, visit http://www.harrisongreenbaum.com/tourdates.html.)
The response to the beta test has been overwhelming – thanks so much to everyone who wrote in and to everyone who’s already sent in notes!
The beta will be open for a few more days, so e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get the special link and password before it switches off.
Enjoy your July 4th weekend!