We just got exciting news that The Mixtape Comedy Show, created and hosted by comedian Royale Watkins is in the planning stages of launching The Mixtape Comedy Special!!! Watkins has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise the funds for a special that will be shot in New York city or his hometown of Washington, DC!
The Mixtape Comedy Show is considered the Livest Comedy and Music Show in New York City and routinely sells out New York’s Gotham Comedy Club. Each show opens with a hilarious viral video and features four hilarious comics, The Mixtape All-Star Band, one of New York’s most dynamic DJ’s and closes with a music performance. Top name comics from across the country have graced the stage including Chris Rock, Tracy Morgan, Sherri Shepherd, Donnell Rawlings, Amy Schumer and most notably Jerry Seinfeld!
You never know what to expect at the show, so the special will be amazing! Please click on the link, make a donation and support!!!
The Story of the Mixtape Comedy Special
For those of you that are new and have not being following me or Mixtape Comedy, the history of this journey is one of determination. It is also a story of how much richer the process of building an entertainment platform can be when fans are given an opportunity to build a brand with the talent in which they engage on and offline.
I had an idea for this show six years ago and went to my friend Anthony Anderson to help get it off the ground. Anthony and I were already involved in some pretty hilarious banter online and had a sizable audience following our antics. We decided that it only made sense to elevate the experience by offering fans a live show. We launched the Mixtape Comedy Show in January of 2009. Using Facebook and the strength of word of mouth, we completely sold out Gotham Comedy Club. The format of the show was simple, Anthony and I hosting and introducing the fans to some of our funniest friends. And we have plenty of funny friends.
Excited about the success of the first show, fans demanded that we continue. We decided that we would produce the show as a monthly event, with “every 3rd Sunday” becoming the call sign. In between the first and second show, Anthony and I continued to engage each other online, only now the fans became immersed as well. We performed a simple rap battle and fans demanded that we battle each other at the following show. We did. Having Kangol Kid from hip hop group UTFO in the house allowed us to add some level of legitimacy to this battle. When he joined us on stage and broke into an impromptu performance of his hit “Roxanne, Roxanne”, the crowd went crazy. It was that moment I realized we were onto something different. Our audience yearned for something more, a multi-dimensional entertainment experience, complete with comedy and music. A few months later we were fortunate enough to add one of NY City’s most dynamic Dj’s, DJ Diamond. His high energy pre-show routine and hip intro and exit music in between comics added a audio swag to the show that helped us define this experience as something wonderfully different. Two funny friends, one incredible dj, freestyle battles and a closing music artist was the format. And it made for an incredible night of mind-blowing entertainment.
Five years later, Anthony has transitioned on to other projects, but the excitement that infused those first shows still lives in everything we continue to do. The rap battle has been replaced with a live band. And we continue to close each show with a wonderful mix of old school hip-hop acts as well as some incredible undiscovered music acts that will be the stars of tomorrow. And we’re still at Gotham Comedy Club every third Sunday!
After a successful five years, we’re now ready to elevate this platform and take it to another level… television!!! We hope that you will make a contribution and help spread the word. It has been and will continue to be… Your Mixtape Comedy Show!!!
All of the funds raised for this project will go towards covering the cost of production. I will NOT take any fees as host or producer. The cost of producing this show will be well over $100,000. Our goal is half of that. If we can raise $50,000 in 30 days there is an investor who is willing to match that with an additional $50,000 investment! This is why every dollar, every cent counts. We will produce this special, get it on tv with the intention of generating enough attention so that the Mixtape Comedy Show will become a regular show and we can bring you your favorite comics and old school hip hop acts every week.
Again, I will not take ANY fees whatsoever. The sole purpose of this campaign is to raise the initial $50,000.