The Things! They Exist! Burning Sensation Exists!

Pre-orders are going out today!  “Burning Sensation” is finally a thing that I can hold in my hands.. And soon you too.

This has been one of the hardest projects I’ve ever undertaken.  Nothing was easy on this one.  From the writing to the final packaging.  And I learned A LOT along the way.

And while the creation part of the show is done, the work continues because now I have to get it out to the world and convince people to watch it.  YOU can help me with that.  When it comes out, tell your friends, tweet the link, post the posts.  That’s more effective than anything I can do.

The show will be available for stream and download in early November.  I’m still working on how to make that as convenient as possible for you.  It will also be available on DVD, BluRay, and audio CD.  If you’ve got a big TV the BluRay looks way better.  And they’ll be the same price.  So get the good stuff.

The audio version will also be available on all the audio streaming sites.  Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, etc.  

Here’s the release schedule:
Oct 15th – The first single “Not Gonna Happen” will be available on all the audio streaming services.
Oct 29th – The second single “Shaving” will be available on audio streaming
Nov 12th – The full special will be available in all video and audio formats.
(Just in time for the holiday gift giving season!  When everyone will be staying home anyway and ready for something new to watch…)
Nov 27th – A new Xmas single for this year will hit all the audio streaming services.

Thank you so much for your patience and support in helping me get this project done.  On to Phase 3… Or Phase 4.  To quote Enola Holmes, I’ve lost track of my phases.

A Clip From Saturday’s Zoom Show

Did you miss the Zoom show on Saturday?  It was super fun!

I won’t lie. I was a little nervous.  It was the first run through of a new hour of material.  And I’ve never written a new show this quickly before.  So it was either going to be really good or really bad.  

Fortunately it turned out really good!

It was a cool mix of people.  Some who have seen me dozens of times.  Others who’ve seen me before but not for a long time.  And even some who’ve never seen me before.  Great folks all around.

Here’s a little clip from the show about me and my girlfriend looking for a place in to eat in Florence, Italy.

If you missed out, fear not.  We’ll do another one soon after I’ve had some time to rewrite and tighten the material.

AND it’ll have better sound next time because I figured what went wrong on this one.  (Hint: Set Zoom to capture the right mic so it doesn’t end up being just a pretty prop in front of my face.  Duh.)

And we’ll probably do it earlier in the day next time to accommodate some of my non-US friends too.

More big stuff coming soon.  Stay tuned!

Private Zoom Show For You on Sept 12!

Phil Johnson Live Comedy on Zoom Sept 12, 2020

I’ve written a lot of new material in the last few months.  And you may have seen me doing short sets on other people’s shows with it recently.

But I really need to start structuring it into an actual show.  So let’s jump on Zoom and have a show, yeah?  Register to attend here.

This is definitely a work-in-progress show to start figuring out how all this stuff fits together.  It’ll be super fun and (mostly) funny.  But it won’t be super polished. 🙂

We’ll also have a pre-show hang to chat and catch up.  Plus you’ll get an exclusive clip of my soon to be released special “Burning Sensation”.

And a post show Q&A.  “Q&A, you say?”  Yes.  I don’t expect that you have a ton of questions for me. (Though I’m happy to answer if you do.)  But do you have a question you’ve always wanted to ask Tom Hanks or Dolly Parton or Leonardo da Vinci?  You can ask me and I’ll BS my way through their answer.

This show will only be viewable on Zoom – No Facebook, Instagram, Twitch, or anything else.  Zoom (Zoom.us) is super easy to use.  But if you have any questions about it feel free to contact me and I’ll help where I can.

Click this link to register and get all the instructions.  See you on the 12th!

 

 

 

I Don’t Matter Right Now

I never know when to pipe up during times like this.  I’m not writing jokes because I never do well writing from an angry place.  Ok, one joke…

And I don’t need to be heard from right now.  I can only amplify the words of those who need to be heard.

A quick story… I was driving to a gig one night and my friend Bryant Hicks was in the passenger seat.  (He’s very funny and one of the nicest dudes you’ll ever meet.  Check him out.)

I misjudged a stop light and accidentally ran the red.  Bryant said, “You’re good. I don’t think there’s a camera at that light.”

I said, “Well, if there is, they’ll probably send you the ticket.”

Bryant laughed hard and tagged it with “They’ll be like ‘How did that black guy manage to run a red light from the passenger seat?!”

It’s a joke and we had a good laugh.  But I wish it wasn’t a joke grounded in reality  

I had my share of run-ins with cops when I was younger.  Not because I’d done anything wrong.  But because I was a young guy with long hair driving a red ’65 Mustang.  

They never had a real reason to pull me over.  And I was just barely polite.  Cooperative, but with a LOT of eye rolling.  Mouthy at times.

But I could get away with it.  And every time I see police abusing black folks I remember those times and know what the difference was.

Side note: I’ve only called the cops for help once – after a bad car accident – and they refused to come.

The deluge of news is confusing.  What’s real and what’s not.  It’s mentally taxing and painful to watch.  But I’m also comfortably ensconced in my suburban home so that doesn’t matter.  

Staying engaged and elevating the voices of others is the absolute least I can do.

This post on Medium has a lot of good advice on how to help.  It’s a little overwhelming so maybe don’t try to ingest the whole thing at one time. But it’s not as overwhelming as being beaten by a cop.  So hang in there.

And black artists are near and dear to my heart.  So I made you a playlist of black artists that have had a profound effect on my own work.  If you’ve ever enjoyed a song for a joke from me, it wouldn’t have been the same without the influence of these talented people.  So go give it a listen.

The world has changed over the last few months.  And I hope for the better once it’s all sorted out.  Soon we’ll be able to get the same room and laugh and sing together again.  And I can’t wait for that.

Stay healthy, stay thoughtful.  

Want to see a preview of my new comedy special, “Burning Sensation”?

It’s definitely not in finished form yet. Lots more work (the color…oof) to do on it yet.

But I wanted to share with you. I’m very proud of this show, including (especially?) the uncomfortable moments.

Because I always turn it around into a laugh.

If you’d like to pre-order the special (Digital or DVD), you can get it here. 

Pre-orders are a huge help to me so I have a budget to promote this thing when it’s released.

And there’s a LOT more to this bit. I hope you’re itching to see the rest of it. It’s one of my favorites in the show. 🙂