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Timeline: 60 Plus Years of Stand-Up to Explore

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I added this feature last week to the Stand-Up Comedy Database that I'm planning on iterating over and improving over time. Here's a link to it:

<a href="http://www.dead-frog.com/comedians/timeline">Timeline: Stand-Up Comedy Year by Year</a>

I'm calling this section the "Timeline", although I don't think that goal is entirely achieved yet that's really where the ball is going. For right now, it's a rundown of births and deaths and notable releases of specials, albums and books in the Stand-Up Comedy world for each year. We go from now to 1955, so over 60 years is represented here for you to check out. Along with adding an actual timeline of the big events in stand-up, I've got plans for adding a section for the major awards given for each year (even though I don't entirely believe in awards for comedy). I'll try and make this the best reference I can. Feel free to write me with suggestions on how to improve it.

I'm a bit of a perfectionist at times, so I hope you like it, but I think an important thing to note here is that I'm fighting my addiction to brain crack and y'all should be supportive of me.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 07:20 PM | Comments (0)

Hey, What’s Up with the Site, Todd?

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Things have been a little quiet on the blog as of late. I have every intention of changing that. Here’s what’s up:

First, I’m welcoming Julie Seabaugh, who not only knows stand-up but has a strong opinion about it that she can back up. She used to publish the web magazine Two Drink Minimum, which was one of my own inspirations for creating Dead-Frog. You’ll notice that she’s already posted her recent review of Mike Birbiglia’s “Sleepwalk with Me.” She’ll be posting on the site as often as she likes. I’m looking forward to reading what she’s got to say.

I’m hoping that Julie’s posts will inspire some back-and-forth between her and I, letting Dead-Frog cover comedy more broadly as an art form. I pride myself on being authoritative but without being authoritarian. I’ve always wanted Dead-Frog to be a vessel for more voices than my own. Now is as good as anytime for that to start.

Second, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the programming aspects of the site. There are things I want to do with the site more than just talking about my thoughts on the funny stuff out there. And they take time to develop, design and code. In my interest in pursuing them (and a living), I’ve really slacked off on keeping the life blood of the site going - the blog. I’m embarrassed I have to write that, so my desire to avoid doing so ever again should help me be a bit more frequent poster.

Still, following from Julie, I’d like to add a couple of bloggers. Since both Julie and I are in New York City and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I’d like to get a regular poster who can talk about comedy in Los Angeles and another who’s up on Chicago. From a pure territorial perspective, that’s what I think Dead-Frog needs.

But I don’t want to “fill a coverage hole” - I want people who respect comedy as a art form but still laugh like demented chimpanzees. So if you’re interested in blogging for Dead-Frog, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). If you live in one of two areas I mentioned, so much the better. But whatever the case, tell me what you think Dead-Frog needs and why you’re the person to bring it. I welcome any and all insights into this little site.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 12:27 PM | Comments (3)

Dead-Frog on Comical Radio

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I recently stopped by the radio show Comical and talk a little about comedy nerds, joke stealing and who the heck I am anyway. You can listen to my segment right here.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 09:43 AM | Comments (0)

Keeping Up with the Stand-Up Comedy Database

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Sometimes when I’ve not added a new post to the blog, that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working on Dead-Frog. The Stand-Up Comedy Database is still a large project that I keep trying to expand and make as comprehensive as possible. But there hasn’t been a very easy way for people to track the updates.

Until now. I just finished creating a RSS feed for the Stand-Up Comedy Database that collects every time a new comedian is added or updated and also whenever a new work (be it album, special or book) or joke is added to the database. If you want to subscribe here’s the link:

Stand-Up Comedy Database RSS Feed

Also: as a note, I’m looking to add quite a few more comedians to the database before the year’s end. If you think there’s a comedian who is being egregiously overlooked right now, please .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) who I am missing. Please include any relevant works or info that’ll help their case.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 12:14 PM | Comments (2)

Self Promotion Alert: Dead-Frog on Attack of the Show Again

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This isn’t news to some of you people, because you’re coming to the blog exactly because of this kind mention on Tuesday’s episode of G4’s Attack of the Show. But here it is for the rest of y’all.

Posted by Todd Jackson at 01:15 AM | Comments (5)

Nine Finger Blogging

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I’m going to play catch-up today on my blogging - writing about a couple of things I would have written about earlier. I probably will be a little behind all week. On Sunday, I cut my right index finger, needing five stitches. It didn’t look like this, but it sure felt like it:

Posted by Todd Jackson at 01:56 PM | Comments (0)

Featured on Attack of the Show

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Not one to be self-promotional, but it was cool to have Dead-Frog featured on TV, specifically on Monday’s “Attack of the Show” on G4. Here’s the segment:

Posted by Todd Jackson at 03:56 PM | Comments (7)
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