When you read how Chris Gethard convinced Diddy to be a guest on his monthly talk show at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, it reaffirms the old adage that it never hurts to simply ask….and ask…and ask. That, and start a massive Twitter campaign to hold Diddy to his word.
As Gethard wrote:
People made fun of me throughout the year, but I never gave up. To me, #diddygethard has gone from being a bit to being a phrase that means â€œnever give upâ€ and â€œbe stubborn in the face of doubtersâ€ and â€œdo what you do even if other people make fun of you for itâ€. I know that\’s cheesy, but it\’s true. The phrase #diddygethard has taken on this weird emotional meaning for me.
So Gethard gets Diddy tonight, then sets off the next day on a 12-day cross-country road trip, taking the Chris Gethard Show to six cities in a rented RV, all funded by donations from fans. (Advance tickets for tonight’s show at midnight are sold out, but there will be a stand-by line.)
[UPDATE: See a roundup of reviews of the appearance here.]
Having starred most recently on Comedy Central’s Big Lake, Chris Gethard has become a cult figure in the NYC comedy scene with his monthly talk show at the UCB Theatre. Now he going on the road, starting in New York on Saturday, January 15th at UCB and ending on Thursday, January 27th at UCB in Los Angeles, with stops in Boston, MA, Carrboro, NC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, MD, Austin, TX, and Las Vegas, NV. Besides Gethard, the show’s cast includes Will Hines, Shannon O’Neill, Don Fanelli, Jonathan DeMuth, Bethany Hall, and The LLC.
The touring show will be 100% interactive and fans can make suggestions for Gethard and pals to get in to ridiculous hijinks in every city they visit via social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook. The show will also be posting daily blogs and video along the way at http://thechrisgethardshow.com/show/, to chronicle their trek. The Cross Country Adventure will be an experiment in reality and suggestion based comedy, audience participation, and the power of social networking.
To fund this excursion, Gethard launched an online campaign on Kickstarter back in November of 2010 urging his fans to make donations for the mobile show. In exchange for these donations, the cast agreed to do certain things on the road. For example, for a $75 donation the donor will have their name mentioned in an original song by the Kung Fu Monkeys.
According to Gethard, â€œWe don’t plan on organizing much of our trip. Instead, we’ll be looking to interact with you, the world at large, via social networking as a means of defining our route. Maybe we’ll tweet something like “We’re outside of Albuquerque, who wants to hang out?” or “Anyone near Indianapolis want to let nine people shower in their house? We’ll put on a show in your living room in exchange.”
When housed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater in New York, The Chris
Gethard Show has involved a myriad of different themes including untrained comedians boxing each other, comedians being mercilessly shot with paintballs live on stage when deemed unfunny, a depressed teenager being flown in from Ohio to NYC to give him the best night of his life, and a show on a bus that brought 60 people to the New Jersey basement where Gethard lost his virginity.
The Upright Citizens Brigade was founded and is currently owned by Amy Poehler, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh. The 150-seat theater at 307 West 26th Street in New York City has improv and sketch comedy every day of the week.
Diddy with Chris Gethard