There. I said it.
I’m a professional comedian based out of New York and I’ve been working my ass off for the last 8 years.
I’ve done over 4,800 shows since 2009 (I’ll hit the big 5-0-0-0 this year), which is why both the NY Daily News and Time Out NY called me the “hardest-working man in comedy.” Back in 2010, I won the Andy Kaufman Award. And I’ve also been on NBC’s Last Comic Standing (which looked like this), National Geographic Channel’s Brain Games (which looked like this) and…
Blah, blah, blah. You get it. (If you really want to know more, you can read my bio.)
It’s probably why I didn’t lose my virginity until I was 18.
When I started pursuing stand-up comedy in college, I put the magic away for a while to focus on pure comedy. As a veteran comic told me, the only way to get better at stand-up is to go on stage without a safety net — and magic was quite a safety net.
After a while though, I slowly started to put the two together. The idea was to create a show as funny as any stand-up show and as amazing as any magic show, with material that was entirely created by me.
I debuted the show – Harrison Greenbaum: What Just Happened? – at the UCB in 2011 and sold-out multiple performances at the main stage in Chelsea. I’ve been touring it ever since, including repeat engagements at the Magic Castle in Hollywood. I’ve also performed the show as a headliner at Monday Night Magic, the longest-running magic show in New York. (I’ll tell you the whole story about that, going from a 10-year-old seeing the show to a high schooler being an usher at the show to being a headliner at a later date.)
The bottom line is: I have this show I’m really proud of, that people like. Like, a lot. And I’d love to turn it into a Netflix special. But up until this point, I keep hitting wall after wall after wall.
I’m not sure if this blog will help or hurt the project, but I’ve decided to diligently record my journey. I have a show. I want Netflix to make that show a special. And this blog will keep you posted on what I’m doing to make that dream a reality.
Let’s see what happens, shall we?
(Oh, also, if you’re Netflix — or, really, anybody who can help in anyway — e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll write back real quick. Especially if you’re Netflix.)