Big Fun Show @ The Comedy Store Sat Night!

Saturday night I’m doing a real fun show at The World Famous Comedy Store at 7:30pm in Hollywood! I’m opening for my Sharknado costar Julie McCullough. She’s been on a ton of shows like Growing Pains, The Drew Carey Show, and was even a Playboy Playmate! Come hear her great stories of the south and running one of the biggest carnival’s in the country.

Last year, we did a similar show around this time and Julie’s best friend Tia Carrere was there and told me I was funny! We snapped this pic and parted ways saying, “Party on.”

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Buy tickets using the promo code BUDDS right here:

Only $10 with code, $16 at door. ALMOST SOLD OUT! Here’s the FB event. Hope to see ya.

Good Time Pals in LA Comedy

I never take pictures with people anymore. I mean, I show up in a lot of random pics, but I don’t take the time to take my own anymore. And I didn’t actually take any of these, but they were taken with my phone. But you get it.

From my album recording at Corner Bar in Burbank on 01.25.15.

Scott Luhrs, me, and Kyle Dodson

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Greg Kashmanian, me, and Paul Laier

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Joe Marrese, me, and Matty Chymbor

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Bryan Christopher, me wearing his silly Newsies hat, and Mike McCrae

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If you were not in any of these pictures, it means you were not there that night when we were taking pictures. Good day!

Artistic License Won Some Stuff!

Back when I first moved to LA, I got to be a waiter in a short comedy sketch called Artistic License by my buddy Dan Beals. It was just entered in some Midwest competitions, and it ended up winning Best Ensemble Cast, among other things.

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You can read all about how I got to be in this thing in the first place (with the help of Park and Rec’s Jerry/Larry/Gary/Terry Jim O’Heir) in THIS BLOG.

It’s Time for a Good Ol’ Fashioned #WorkStretch

Photo courtesy of Brigiite Valadez.

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I don’t really have an explanation for why I’m this flexible. Check out those Kmart boxers, though. #joecool

UPDATE (1.27.15.)

Here’s a side stretch one, I look like I’m in pain.

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Jacob the Rock Collector, Colorado School of Mines Comedy

I did the funnest college show I’ve ever done at the Colorado School of Mines on Friday Jan 16th, 2015. Really fun crowd, the school was gorgeous, and the student staff was really hospitable. They took me out for pizza afterwards, and we all had a blast.

During my show, this guy caught my eye in the back wearing full camo and I started talking to him. This is that interaction.

Here’s an explanation of Jacob’s joke at the end!

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You can see future events at CSoM on their twitter feed right here. And you can friend Jacob right here!

Hopefully I’m back there in the next few years.

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Hot Ice Cream: Zero Retweets Vol. 4

Give this a watchy. Lots of great comics from LA giving their best “no one Retweeted me” jokes from Twitter.

 

If you want to be in a future video, shoot me a message at ryan@ryanbudds.com! You can get a great screenshot like this guy did:

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Big Country Blues! Writer/Producer Brian Ross and I Chat the South

I few months back, I recorded a satellite episode of the screenwriting podcast I work on called On the Page with Pilar Alessandra on the patio of my workplace with my coworker Brian Ross. The audio was super muffled due to wind and sirens here and there, so we scrapped the listenable version. But, Brian had a lot of awesome stuff to say, so I listened to our chat and transcribed it for you to read below. Enjoy Brian’s take on writing southern characters, the perils of filmmaking in New York, and preparing original songs for a dramatic web series. Good chat!

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Brian Ross:  Something that’s interesting is, just this morning, the web series features a lot of original country music, you know? And one of the people that we brought on to provide music for the series and also to be in the background as a performer, she wrote a song for the series and I helped her write it with notes and what the first line was and stuff. And that song, I was writing at Starbucks this morning, and that song was being played over the speaker. It just popped on. It was so crazy. It’s crazy that that long after everything happened, you would hear this song you worked on really closely playing at Starbucks. It was cool. Today’s an exciting day.

Budds:  I’m talking to Brian A. Ross, he’s an award winning writer, TV producer, and web series creator. Thanks for taking some time to talk with me, Brian.

Brian Ross:  Thank you Ryan!

Budds: And now a little background on Brian Ross. Brian is home grown out of the hills of eastern Kentucky  and in 2004, he left the Blue Grass State to pursue his dreams of screenwriting. He attended New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts where he wrote, directed, and produced a number of short films including Red White and Blue Grass, Left on Sunset, and Science Fair, the last of which was awarded first prize for writing and editing at NYU’s annual First Run Film Festival. Brian has written for TV programs on NBC, USA, MTV, TLC, and VH1. In 2010, Brian created an original web series inspired by the country music and people who shaped his upbringing entitled Big Country Blues. That series garnered numerous accolades including Best Drama at both the ITV Fest and IFQ and New Media Festivals. Complex Magazine said it’s one of the 25 best web series right now. Tell me a little bit about Big Country Blues, Bri.

Brian Ross:  So, Big Country Blues was a web series I wrote and directed. I wrote it in 2011.  Shot it in NY, in Brooklyn, in Nashville, and Kentucky. We had two legs of the shoot. It starred Jeremy Mccomb, who’s an actual country singer in Nashville, and a couple of NY actors, Sarah E. Jacobs and Shane Allen. And yeah, it was just a story I wanted to tell in a format that I wanted to play with. You know, even now, a lot of the southern stories you see, especially in the mainstream, are characters that are poorly drawn. And I wanted to create something that was very close to me, and I’m from Kentucky, so telling a story about southern people and the southern music that I came up with was important. I came up with country music and not so much the country pop that you hear today.

Budds:  Not the country hits stuff.

Brian Ross:  No, more the Walon and the Willie. We write music a lot where I’m from, so I wanted to write some of the music for it. Originally, it was going to be my friend and a way to showcase his talents on a major scale, but that kind of fell through. We reshaped things and released it in 2012, and it’s done well for me.

Budds: Around the time that this idea came to you, was that before or after that show Nashville had come out?

Brian Ross: When I decided on my release date, I had completed the editing and everything, post production was done in March of 2012. I was deciding on a release date and I then saw a billboard for Nashville which I had never even heard of. So when I looked it up, I was like, man, this is gonna hurt. I think it’s both hurt and helped, I actually like the show a lot. The music’s fantastic. T Bone Burnett’s involved. It’s pretty legit and I’m at least happy to be compared to it. I’ve also had people tell me it could have affected my chances of it being made as like a series, which may or may not be true. But I guess it’s probably helped, not hurt.

Budds: Do you feel like that has at least exposed the idea of southern stories that people are not hearing so much about, just as a genre, you know, like The South?

Brian Ross: I definitely think so. I mean, it seems more and more you’re hearing different kinds of stories being told, it’s not so much the same detective stories anymore. In entertainment in general you’re getting very specific stories from very specific niches. You can say you’ve heard and seen a lot of south in shows like Friday Night Lights, you’ve got a lot of the culture there. Nashville’s more specific. I think that southern protagonists and main characters are very interesting, especially those that come from poor means, and are often motivated by means of necessity rather than opportunity. They do things because they need to do them, maybe they don’t have the resources that someone else would. It’s often out of a need, not a want, which I find interesting.

Budds:  I notice that a lot of the titles of your projects seem home-based in some way. Is home the biggest theme of your writing in general?

Brian Ross: I would say that it was, especially early on, I wanted to tell country stories and I had so many of them coming out to LA.

Budds:  And the famous quote, “write what you know” right?

Brian Ross:  Yeah, but then I also don’t want to be pigeon holed, so recently I’ve tried to do less of that. And the short film I’m going to do in March that I’m in preproduction with now, that’s more based on New York and the New York experience that I had. But yeah, I would definitely say that the majority of my work is motivated by my upbringing.

Budds:  The idea of injecting country music into a project that you’re working on, do you feel like you really have to be a fan of country music in order to write it?

Brian Ross: Yeah. I do–I don’t know how you would do it otherwise. For me, I really appreciate country music, the simplicity of it. It’s just blues, but sung by a different type of people and a different kind of accent. I think country music is super interesting, the history of it is fascinating to me. The fact that so many people judge it without knowing it or judge it based on one or two cliche artists, I dunno. People say it’s all about dead dogs, drinking, and tractors, and there is certainly that, but you can’t write off the entire genre just because of that, the same way you can’t write off hip hop because some songs are about booty shaking, guns, and whatnot. It’s easy to write off but there’s a lot of richness in country music, a lot of great stories there. That’s a big thing, telling stories within a song. It’s very close for me, so it’s fun to incorporate country music and fun to write the music for the series.

Budds:  How would that work?

Brian Ross:  Well the series is about a country singer and it features his songs, so I would write the early drafts of the song and pass them over to the actor singer Jeremy Mccomb, and he would put his take on it. And he’s a working professional in Nashville, so having my version and then hearing how he would transform it to something that would or could be on the radio, that was incredible. So fun.

Budds:  Tell me a little bit about your version of the song. Are you a musician in any way?

Brian Ross:  It’s a stretch to call me a musician. I play guitar and sing. I play guitar at a mediocre level and sing at a novice level.

Budds:  I feel like if I had to write a similar style screenplay, I don’t know if I could write a song or even the outline of a song, because I’ve never written a song.

Brian Ross:  You know the structure though.

Budds:  Yeah, I guess. It feels very daunting though! How did you get started? Have you been playing guitar, even at what you call lower levels, for a long time?

Brian Ross:  Yeah, actually where I come from in Northeastern Kentucky in Ashland, my group of friends all kind of play guitar. I think one guy got really good at it and saw that girls really like that and it was cool so we were all like, “We should play guitar!”

Budds:  I did the same thing as a standup comedian. It did not work out.

Brian Ross:  You saw your friend getting girls, doing standup?

Budds:  Yeah, not so much the case. I found one early on and married her, but no one wants to stand around the guy telling jokes at the party. The guy with the acoustic guitar always wins.

Brian Ross: Does he?

Budds: I think so.

Brian Ross: I think it depends. I think guys would say that he does not win, but girls would say he does.

Budds:  There ya go.

Brian Ross: So yeah, a half dozen to a dozen of my friends play guitar. And because this was the case, we would hold like a concert in my neighborhood once a year. My last name is Ross, we’d do it in my backyard, we’d call it Ross Star. Everyone would play a song based on the theme of that year and you’d also play an original song. So I was writing one song a year anyway. As were my friends.

Budds:  That’s a unique event. And a very cool thing to pull from when writing something like this, I imagine.

Brian Ross:  Yeah. And usually if you’re playing for your friends it helps if you’re playing songs about things that they know. So you can tailor it to home there, and Kentucky lifestyle, etc. I’ve had a decent amount of experience writing music. Essentially, what I was sending to Jeremy was a rough draft anyway and he would basically take the hook of that and rewrite it and make it flashy and nice.

Budds:  You filmed a lot of this in New York, right? How hard was it to make this look authentic and southern?

Brian Ross: It was a nightmare, man. Initially I wanted to shoot it in KY, but flying out a crew would have been expensive and wouldn’t have made sense. So I scouted a lot in New Jersey, I had a lot of friends there and we weren’t going to get a southern looking house in Brooklyn. So we drove around Jersey and looked at different locations and the hardest location was the main character’s house which needed to look country, but also like impoverished country. They’re pretty hard-off. And most people have nice houses, especially in NJ. So we were driving around New Jersey and found this really old abandoned house that had a for sale sign and we thought maybe we could shoot the outside scenes there. And the people that were selling it were like, “why don’t you check out the inside?” And that was perfect. And then in the backyard there was a field and we used that for some field EXT scenes we needed. We ended up getting 3-5 locations out of one old place. We just called the real estate sign, they were thrilled to do it.

Budds: That’s amazing.

Brian Ross: Yeah, I don’t like shooting in New York. You feel like you’re in the way. In Los Angeles, they understand that it’s part of the culture and they welcome it. But in NY they don’t need you. It’s so crowded. You’re blocking the street, it’s a pain in the ass. KY was super happy to have you but NY was really hard. We did one of the bars there, it was really expensive. It required a lot of production design. We had a really good production designer named Tonya that helped a lot. But it’s super important. If it looked like a New Jersey home it wouldn’t work. That’s one thing I think my web series has, a specific but authentic feel.

Budds: And this is a dramatic web series which are few and far between.

Brian Ross: And even less so in 2012. I mean the web series, just the evolution of it, is really interesting. And I had the idea to do it really early on when there were just a few comedy ones. But since then the genre’s taken off and it’s so great. There are a lot of really legit series and people doing interesting things. Big names have them, Bryan Singer has a dramatic one. But I think early on we got a lot of attention because there weren’t a lot of series like ours. Specifically dramatic. But there still aren’t a lot of series with original music, or about musicians.

Budds: Your trailer’s great, I can’t wait to watch all of it. Saving it for the wife.

Brian Ross: Yeah!

Budds:  Your bio says you’re working on season 2. Is that something you’re going to shoot in LA?

Brian Ross:  We are hoping to. I funded the first season through Kickstarter, we got $15,000 through a campaign. And it was before everyone had one. I was asking for money before it was cool to ask for money! But I don’t want to do it again, it’s hard to ask your friends and family for money like that. So for season 2 to happen we’re going to need to get funded or commissioned. So that’s a big question mark. It has been written, I love the idea of where it would go.

Budds:  Did you guys stay within that $15,000 raised for the first season?

Brian Ross:  Eh, a little more than that. I had some extra money into it. It ended up being about $25k.

Budds:  Do you think that second season could be done for around that same amount?

Brian Ross: Yes, I think it could. The trickiest thing is a lot of post production sound because that’s so important. And the locations are really difficult. If we did season 2 it would be all Nashville instead of two legs of a shoot like before.

Budds:  In your bio you mention that you “feverishly writing” in LA. What are some other things you’re trying to dive into other than “home?”

Brian Ross: The next project I’m going to produce is a short film that I want to shoot in NY based on my experience there. It’s called “Not a Suicide Letter,” it’s a dark comedy about a guy living there who’s down on his luck and lost someone close to him and is considering suicide but then meets someone who kind of changes his mind. It’s different than Big Country Blues, but the lead will be Shane Allen who played Walt in BCB, so I’m still working with a lot of the same people. I think it will deal with a lot of my own unresolved feelings about NY. I also write pilots and such in hopes to be sold.

Brian Ross: I know you because we both work on a show on MTV called Ridiculousness. I’m an Associate Producer on that show and you’re a Producer. How do you think working on an MTV clip show helps or hinders your goals of working on a dream job?

Brian Ross:  That’s a good question. I think that something you learn here is that essentially everything you do in entertainment is story telling. A story is a story. Whether it’s a book or a movie, it’s a story. And even the clips we use on the show, those clips are stories.

Budds:  Right? Guy walks in a room. A friend pulls his pants down. Then another friend dumps a bucket of water on his head.

Brian Ross: Yes! Good act twist! Act 3, didn’t see it coming.

Budds: That’s a good way of thinking about it.

Brian Ross: You have to.

Budds:  Otherwise we’re just calling maniacs everyday on the phone, begging to use their clips.

Brian Ross: I think you learn a lot about story structure and telling jokes about what’s funny. When you talk about Ridiculousness, it’s so fast. All our clips are so fast. I think that speaks to the attention span of how fast you need to be when you’re producing, especially web content. The web series, there’s no set way to make it. There’s no way to know what the perfect amount of time is. My show is 10 mins, 5 episodes, 10 mins each. That could be too long. If we try and do something to grab you in the first 10 seconds, that might be too long. It’s interesting to see these clips and how quick they are and how much they have to grab your attention online.

Budds:  Thanks for the interview Bri. Great to get to know more about your and your career.

Brian Ross:  Ryan, thanks so much man, I appreciate it.

You can watch the entire first season of Big Country Blues right here, and be sure to follow Ross on Twitter.

Animation on the Brain

Over the last three weeks, I was on hiatus from MTV for the holidays and I got a lot of random stuff done. One of the things I got done was a full 5 minute outlined animation pitch with my pal Jason Bice for our show Dadventure. Over the last two months or so, we hashed out the idea, broke our story, wrote a script, and then Jason drew all the beats image by image and I compiled them for presentation. We then practice pitched it to my good friend Pilar Alessandra and a few other comrades in the industry and got great notes.

It was a ton of work! But now we’re ready to officially pitch it, and it feels great to create a concept and actually execute it. Even if no one digs it, we dig it, and we made it.

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We got this whole project done potentially fast, which sometimes seems like we might be jumping the gun on how much went into making it. But, a show about dads who don’t know they’re superheroes really was on my mind I think mainly because I had my first kid just two months ago.  Also, in terms of writing quickly, my pal Jon Favreau told me “the fact that [Swingers and Chef] came out in a matter of weeks was a good indication that there was something building up subconsciously that I HAD to do.” So I’d like to think the same for this thing I’m working on. My project is no Swingers, but it’s definitely something that had to come out right now, for me.

Watch my whole question answered by Favs right here.  Happy writing!

Budds Comes Home Comedy Show at Alan B. Shepard High School!

This February, I’ll be pretty busy and back in my hometown from Feb 4-7th doing shows! My homeboy Eric Kallenborn is throwing a huge fundraiser for the Alan B. Shepard Speech Team with me and some other alums doing comedy for a huge crowd in our old school theater. This takes place Friday Feb 6th from 7-9pm in the FAC at ABS. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased in advance from Eric by emailing mr.kallenborn@hotmail.com. Some tickets may be available at the door, but this will most likely sell out.

Discount Lunchline and probably one more standup will open the show and I’ll close it out doing a longer set of mostly new stuff! Click the pic below to be taken to the FB event page.

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I’ll have a few Trivia with Budds t-shirts for sale if anyone back home wants to grab one. Hope to see you at…

the S, the S, the SHS! ASTROOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!

Hot Ice Cream: Zero Retweets CHRISTMAS EDITION!

The holidays can be a lonely time, especially if no one is favoriting or retweeting your jokes.

Liked any of the jokes you saw above? Give the writer a shout! Here’s all the links to follow these fine folks on Twitter:

All tweets written by:

Ryan Budds (http://twitter.com/ryanbudds)
Jeff Hopkins (http://twitter.com/jeffhopkins)
Beth Stelling (http://twitter.com/bethstelling)
Emilio Rossal (http://twitter.com/emiliorossal)
Richy Leis (http://twitter.com/richyleis)
Mateen Stewart (http://twitter.com/matteenstewart)
Sean Green (http://twitter.com/seantgreen)
Joe Dungan (http://twitter.com/joedungan)
Greg Kashmanian (http://twitter.com/readysetgreg)
Laura Hayden (http://twitter.com/laurahaydenfun)
Michael Schirtzer (http://twitter.com/sonofseitan)
Justin Matson (http://twitter.com/justinmatson)
Adrienne Airhart (http://twitter.com/craydrienne)
James Fritz (http://twitter.com/jamesfritzcomedy)
Joe Shelby (http://twitter.com/shoejelby)
Paul Laier (http://twitter.com/paulbrawl)
Ken Garr (http://twitter.com/comediankengarr)
Delanie Fischer (http://twitter.com/delaniefischer)
Joe Dosch (http://twitter.com/joedosch)

Shot and Directed by:
Harry Moroz (http://harrymoroz.com)
Frank Geist (http://imdb.com/name/nm3660788)

Edited by: Ryan Budds (http://ryanbudds.com)

Music by Pedro: (https://www.youtube.com/musicbypedro)

TIS THE SEAS

Agree or Disagree with These Movie Picks?

I don’t usually do a movie round up list of all the movies I liked from the year on my website, but today, I felt like doing it. I see a ton of movies but I didn’t see everything, so keep in mind this is just what I saw. Here are some twitter length reviews for what I feel are the 10 best of 2014, along with some other quick categories!

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MY FAV MOVIES

10. Odd Thomas. Random Netflix pick kept my interest for 90 mins! Unique, cool setting, great characters. Almost made me cry at one point. Ghouls galore!

9. Snow Piercer. Recommended by lots of friends, original story, icy future, and I love trains in movies. Anytime, any place, trains get me hooked. Ending? Eh.

8. 22 Jump Street. A laugh heavy sequel with the two most likeable guys in comedy right now. The ending sequels parodies alone are worth making this list.

7. Whiplash. Tense, scary, lots of swearing, and incredible acting and drumming. My hands hurt after watching this, and I loved the last epic concert scene.

6. Interstellar. Including this simply for visuals and sound. Decent story, but damn it looks great. Much too long, but oh so pretty.

5. Edge of Tomorrow. Tom Cruise as a puss? LOVE IT. Loved the repetition and growth of characters. Great action. Great ending. Lots of fun.

4. Chef. Huge Favreau fan, got to ask him question during live Q+A. Fantastic acting and fun story. So hungry watching this. Simple, yet perfect flick.

3. Captain America:  The Winter Solider. Redford’s return! Superb action. Sexy Scarlett. Sweet villain. Bad ass espionage. Marvel at it’s best.

2. The Lego Movie. Super surprisingly good, laughed a lot, made me love Legos again, great story and voice acting, unique animation, oh so fun.

1. Guardians of the Galaxy. Just fun. Lots of fun. Great soundtrack and characters, perfect casting. Marvel taking it to the next level. Pratt is king!

THREE BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENTS

3. Elysium. Very boring and not worth the time. Hated it about 20 mins in and never stopped. Didn’t care about anything for some reason I can’t recall.

2. Grand Budapest Hotel. I like half of Wes Anderson’s stuff, and while all his movies look amazing and almost impossible, this one did nothing for me in terms of story.

1. The Giver. Loved the book, thought the movie was super lame. Nothing like I imagined for the source material. Very timid and basic.

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3. Dracula Untold. Saw this by accident in the wrong theater and stayed for a fun popcorn action flick. Not the best, but definitely worth a fun night out.

2. Godzilla. Didn’t love it or hate it, but thought the actual Godzilla scenes were sweet. I was anticipating something for a long time and felt it paid off.

1. Airplane Vs. Volcano. Okay, so I might be bias because I’m in it, but this one is pure campy fun, the kind of thing my high school self would have watched on repeat. Dream come true!

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3. Foxcatcher. Carrell looks like a real creep and I can’t wait to see him kill people.

2. Nightcrawler. Everyone tells me this is a must-see. Don’t know much about it but I am interested in seeing.

1. Birdman. Another critic favorite. Love me some Keaton. Let’s see if it holds up to the hype.

TWEET ME/FB ME WITH YOU QUICK REVIEWS! I’d like to know what else I should see this year. @ryanbudds

 

Brand New Trivia with Budds Tees!

If you’re a trivia fan and you know me, you’ve probably played one of my TRIVIA nights around LA or Chicagoland. They’re fun, interactive, and you can win stuff! I also do private events and parties, too, so, book me for one, why don’t you?

So, here’s a brand new t-shirt for all my players out there designed by the talented Ed Brescia and printed by Sean Arenas. You can buy one on the cheap, and you get 3 bonus points when you wear this to one of my nights!
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Free hand delivery if you’re in LA. Shipping anywhere else in US is only $2.50. Happy trivia playing!

What My Wife’s Vagina Looked Like During Labor

I had a blast doing the 9 Drink Minimum Show in Northridge CA a few weeks back, and they were nice enough to give me a great video of my set! This pic below is from the labor room during some intense pushing, and it goes along with what I talk about in the clip below.

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This crowd was hot and lots of fun, and I did this about a week or so after my kiddo was born. If your name is Gretta and you like Large Marge references, this clip is for you.

Book me for your show by emailing ryan@ryanbudds.com. I’d love to do it!

Hot Ice Cream: iPARENT

Today we posted a great new sketch written by Wendi Starling featuring the sweet comedic talents of Andy Sell, Ken Garr, Harry Moroz and me! We all play parents and kids in this ridiculous fake commercial for a new product called iPARENT that does your parenting for you.

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Being a new dad, I’m not exactly in the boat of ditching my kid yet, but I def see the appeal for some other real life whacko parents. Watch and have a chuckle chuck.

Share this with all the people you know that have kids! And subscribe to #HOTICECREAM.

Hot Ice Cream: More Comedians Read Tweets No One Liked

We’re getting ready to shoot an awesome chunk of new Zero Retweets this Saturday with 30+LA comedians! Very excited to get more great voices in this idea, and we’ll be putting one out every other week or so for a while with lots of variety. First up is a special holiday edition that should rock socks.

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Right now, we’ve got our 2nd edition of Harry, Wendi, and I’s twitter reading session, and there’s lots to love and hate in this one.

 

If you liked this concept, please share this video for us! I would love for this to become a fun thing for comics to participate in. We’ve all got jokes that we think need more attention, so try them out in this format! If you need any help setting up your own Zero Retweets recording session, shoot me an email at ryan@ryanbudds.com and I’ll help you out.

My First Ever Animated Gif…4 Comics in a Booth

Last night I did a great show at Pho King Delicious in Northridge hosted by Delanie Fischer and Jose Alvarez called 9 Drink Minimum. Every comic in LA should do this show. Great, unique venue, great comics, and a great audience of CSUN students and fun folks.

Here are some snaps of me and the hosts, and the whole lineup.

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And don’t miss this hot animated GIF of four of us sitting in a booth. A nuclear physicist, a blue-blood, a lumberjack, and a baby daddy. This is a sitcom, and we’re already laughing about it.

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My Wife in a Lysol Commercial!

My wife and new mom Ashlee Budds and I got picked to film segments for a series of Lysol Facebook ads showing pregnant families preparing for their first kids to arrive. The shoot took about 6 hours and it was all at our house in Burbank. It was Ash’s first time doing a real spot like this, and she did great!

Check out that laugh that starts the whole video!

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Not to mention, my sweet hand. You can watch the whole thing in its entirety by clicking RIGHT HERE.

There are 6 spots total, so maybe we’ll show up in some more in the coming weeks, and at some point, these might make it to TV. I’ll definitely post more stuff when it’s out!

Between this and mention of her crib on Beverly Hills Pawn, it’s really cool to think we can show our kiddo these videos when she’s older of when mom and dad were on TV.

Hot Ice Cream: Comedians Read Tweets No One Liked

This was a concept I had sort of based on Jimmy Kimmel’s Celebrities Read Mean Tweets segment, but for comedians who want to share jokes they tweeted that no one interacted with in any way. No favs, no RTs, and def no internet laughs.

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We set up a black backdrop and originally it was just going to be Wendi and I reading tweets cut together in a random way like this, with little comments about what we thought of the jokes, etc. Then I asked Harry Moroz to hop in, and this is what we got:

Sure it was a little dark, but I think it added to the depressing nature of the piece, especially with the brooding piano music. The good news is, a TON of comedians showed interest in being in the next batch of these, so I think this might become a weekly Weds segment that we put out because it’s so easy to produce. Comedians are always going to have jokes no one saw/cared for, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t get a second chance on the Hot Ice Cream Youtube Channel!

Subscribe for more weekly videos by clicking here. We’ve got two more sets of vids coming out with just Harry, Wendi, and I, and then we’ll open the floodgates!

#BabyBudds On Her Way…I’m a Dad Next Week!

I can’t believe that just about 9 months ago, my sperm proved itself, and I felt like I legitimately won something for the first time since the 4th grade District 130 Spelling Bee!

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I’ve got a sweet girl coming my way courtesy of the extreme power of my wife, and I’ve got a pile of a million books to read to her once she gets here. If I’m not blowing up on social media between now and Christmas, it’s because I’m doing real life family stuff! Thanks for being interested in my life. -RB

Hot Ice Cream: When a Couple Tries to Find “Their Song”

We shot a bunch of new #HOTICECREAM stuff this weekend, and here’s the first of the batch! It’s about how couples argue over trying to find “their song,” as you could probably guess from the title.

Wendi is more of a Edwin McCain kind of girl, and I’m more of a Cotton Eyed Joe kind of guy.

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And then there’s a nice creepy ending, as is the case with most of our little sketchies. Tube socks are always a hint at something gross.

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Here it is! Watch watch watch.