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!
Landed in LA yesterday for my week at the Magic Castle, so finally have time to officially launch the first-ever beta test for a comedy special!
Simply send an e-mail to email@example.com and you will receive a special link and password with which you will have 7 days to watch the beta version of the special. All I ask is that you send me your feedback (however brief or in depth you’d like to get).
Looking forward to hearing for you!
If I’m going to be the first person to get a Netflix special just by asking for it, then I might as well be first in other things as well.
For example, I was the first person to scream, “I want an onion blanket tree whistle ferret” while spinning and wearing a propeller hat, although mostly because nobody ever thought to try it. (Follow your dreams, kids. Follow your dreams.)
I’m also going to beta test my special, beginning Monday. In tech start-ups, beta testing means releasing the software to a select group of people to get their feedback before a wider release.
I recorded a proof-of-concept version of the special back in January. It’s a 50 min. set, filmed live at Monday Night Magic, and differs from what would be my actual special by only one trick. (Also, Monday Night Magic is a family-friendly show, so a few bits were cut that would be put back in for the uncensored Netflix special.)
Starting on Monday, you’ll be able to request a password that will be good for 7 days, during which you can view the “beta test” special and (if you’d be so kind) e-mail me back any feedback that you have. All of your notes (and, seriously, feel free to comment on anything and everything) will then be taken into account when (if?) we actually record the special.
Also starting next Monday, I’ll be at the Magic Castle (I’m there from June 13-19), doing 3 shows a night at the Parlor of Prestidigitation, a room with an alliterative name, so you know it must be good. I’ll be doing tricks from the special (and wearing a new suit! the one I’d wear if we made a special!) so that’ll be a good test run as well.
Have a great weekend! (I’ll be working.) (But I love my job.) (So I’m looking forward to it.) (Glad to hear it.) (Am I having a conversation with myself?) (Yes.) (Is that normal?) (If you say it is.) (I do.)
Hey, the first official press mention of IWantaNetflixSpecial.com:
More updates very soon! And the Magic Castle shows begin next week!
This project will only work with the support of you guys, so just wanted to thank you again for being superstars.
I’m super-excited to announce that I’ll be performing at the legendary Magic Castle in Hollywood June 13-19, where you’ll be able to catch (you guessed it) excerpts from what I’m hoping will be the future Netflix special.
This will be my third time doing a week at the Castle (Magic Castle performers do 3 shows a night for 7 nights) and I couldn’t be more psyched.
Let’s hope everybody claps.
The Society of American Magicians (S.A.M.) featured me and an article I wrote for them in their official blog, the Magic Compass, to promote my upcoming appearance at the S.A.M. National Convention in Indianapolis July 15th and 16th. I’ll be doing an adults-only show on the 15th and the Saturday Night Gala on the 16th with excerpts on each night from the show that I’d like to turn into a special. For Netflix. Because website.
Read the article here.
(Bonus: I got to use the phrase, “butt flames.”)
Had fun plugging this blog/website/project on the D-Pad Podcast and on SiriusXM Ch. 121 yesterday. If you’re new to the blog, we’re only a few posts in, so welcome!
In talking with people post-launch, I’ve realized that it would probably make sense to give you (my glorious readers) a way to help push this project closer to reality, so I’ve added a “How You Can Help” section to the website. (It’s in the snazzy menu bar up top, too.)
In it, there are 3 easy steps to help me inch closer to a Netflix special, so if you’re able to do 1, 2, or all 3, I’d really appreciate it!
xoxo <— those are some early hugs and kisses of gratitude that I’m giving you ahead of time because I trust you that much already