Hey everyone! It's Myq, writing to you in this Myq thread.
Some of you may have seen or heard already (and if so, thanks for seeing and/or hearing), but I kick-started a Kickstarter campaign yesterday...
The goal is to raise one dollar, which (full disclosure) has already been met, but the project still lives and grows in the hearts and minds or at least computers of all who share it. Feel free to have fun reading, looking, listening, and doing whatever other verbs you want regarding it.
Thanks for doing all the good things you do. Hope all is well!
PS People have talked about it other places on the internet, like here, here, here, here, and who knows where else (thanks for reading, caring, or other):
Myq Kaplan's Kickstarter Project 'What Is Conceptual Art?' (VIDEO)
Comedian Myq Kaplan Starts a Kickstarter to Figure Out What Kickstarter Considers Art | Splitsider
Comedian Myq Kaplan challenges Kickstarter to define ‘art’ (Video)
The Interrobang - Myq Kaplan Kicks Some Serious Kickstarter Ass | The Interrobang
As a funder of a conceptual art project on Kickstarter to determine what Kickstarter determines to be conceptual art, can i now claim to be a funder of the arts, conceptually?
Or is the concept that it's conditional on Kickstarter's response to the conceptual art project on Kickstarter?
But ask I will! And I think the artsiest answer they could give is "no." Accepting a conceptual art project as conceptual art and then decreeing it not to be conceptual art, sounds like the most conceptual artsy thing that could happen.
Disclaimer: I am not an artist. Unless they say I am. And maybe not then even. But also maybe yes. (I definitely know what "maybe" means. Maybe.)
Why send a physical letter to Kickstarter instead of an email? Is sending something via "snail mail" as a product of an internet based fundraiser part of the conceptual art in play, as some sort of comment on technology in society? Or, is it just that it takes actual money to buy a stamp, envelope, and a piece of paper, and sending an email is free(so long as you have free access to a computer with internet), so it wouldn't make sense to raise money to send an email?
Regardless, I love your campaign. Good work!
The reason for the physical letter is that there had to be something tangible to be done with money.
I suppose I could have made a case for having to pay for electricity to charge the battery to power my computer, or if I didn't have free internet, to pay for an internet cafe or some such.
But this seemed pretty simple and straightforward, initially. And perhaps out of that has grown something more, like the concept of commenting on technology that you mentioned. Or just support for the postal service.
But good question!
Also, some people are talking about it on Reddit!
Some like it, some don't! Like pretty much everything!
Feel free to join in and say things like you are free to do without my say-so.
Myq, what is this???
I mean, I'm sure it'll be good, but who is Micah Sherman? And is this stand-up, music, sketch, what?
I was hoping that the kickstarter thing only showed a dollar. When I saw 394 dollars (a number so large I typed it in numerical letters, you grifter) my heart sank. It sank for you, Myq, if that is your real "name" and it sank for every other person that used to have my undying respect. My respect for you is dead and I hope that the extra three-hundred-and-eighty-four fucking dollars was worth it.
393 dollars, actually
Hey everyone, thanks for writing in this thread. Or just reading it. You're great. Now, let's get to your calls...
PS "Myq" is NOT my real name (unless we're getting into the definition of what is "real" and what is a "name," which is fine by me as well), so is it a big logic puzzle?
PPS Again, if you're being hilarious, I love it. And if you're not, no problem! Just curious!
Coming up next, I answer Bill Brasky's questions!
Would you still be willing to come on my podcast even though you're starting one of your own rather soon?
And we're back! Take it away, Bill!
(Also for people who DO like it. And maybe not for everyone who doesn't. Or does.
It's for people who like what it is, which is a mostly live album featuring a lot of songs and talking in between them.)
Micah Sherman is one of my best friends and one of the funniest people I know. He is an amazing improviser and actor and everything. We met doing standup in Boston, became friends, learned that we both had musical backgrounds, and started hosting a weekly show together where we would, among other things, play (mostly original) songs that we wrote together.who is Micah Sherman?
People started saying "when can we get these songs on a CD" and finally the answer exists: September 25. Leading up to that, we will be releasing a few music videos, so people can see the kind of stuff it is in advance. The videos are coming soon and we're very excited about them.
It's a little bit of all of those things... a little bit two-man standup, a lot of music, maybe one sketch (in the bonus materials), and a lot of what!And is this stand-up, music, sketch, what?
If you like any of those things, or me, or even not me (Micah is very different than I am), I think you will enjoy this album. But don't take my word for it, check out our first review on America's Comedy!
Or our second review, from AST's own Bill Brasky on this very website a few posts up:
Thanks for listening written-style, everyone! Sincerely looking forward to everyone hearing our album who wants to!I mean, I'm sure it'll be good...
Sorry I didn't see this next question until I had hit "send" on the last message, otherwise I would have consolidated. I hope everyone is okay. (For this and all reasons. And if you're not, I'm happy to talk about it.)
Also, I figure going on other podcasts would be a great way to either spread the word about my own, or try and make the other podcasts so unlistenable that mine will be the only one left. Come listen to the podcast of the guy who ruined every other podcast! (Probably that isn't what I'm going to do. More likely the "have fun" option.)
Thanks for asking!
PS Edited to add a response to this:
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(The heart is really represented by part of the brain which is part of the body)
For those who want a chance to experience this truth for themselves, feel free to check out this episode of Keith and the Girl, which Micah and I were both guests on together last week.
Feel free! Don't feel imprisoned! Unless you want to. And then feel free to feel imprisoned!
They just released the first music video from Myq's new musical comedy album "Please Be Seated".
"Comedian's National Anthem"
Myq Kaplan and Micah Sherman release first music video from upcoming album!
the album itself! Thanks to everyone who has been getting and enjoying it so far!
Bop bop bop bop....