EASTER EGG – The Reason I Bow

At the end of every set, every time I do stand-up comedy, I bow to the audience. I’ve done this for years.  Most people don’t notice. No one has ever asked me about it. And very few consider the significance.  But, I do it for a reason. 

Obviously, I bow as a gesture of thanks. I’m grateful the audience took time out of their lives to sit and listen to my words. I bow to those who did more than listen, who put in the effort to pay attention, respond appropriately, and offer me the benefit of the doubt.

I bow to those who *didn’t* interrupt my time on stage, those who *didn’t* spend the time rudely checking their phone, and who *didn’t* act like animals while in public.

I bow to those who decided that stand-up comedy is an endeavor that is worth their time and money, whether they enjoyed my performance or not. Even if they hated me, we have common ground in that we believe in the value of stand-up comedy.

But, I also bow for another reason.

Photo by Van Corona

As many of you know, during my show I have a tendency to berate the audience.  I misdirect them and chastise them for their valid emotional responses (that I intentionally caused). On an extremely surface level, a spectator might think I am picking a fight with the crowd. I am. But it’s a play fight. We’re playing. It’s the equivalent of squirt guns and water balloons. Yeah, we’re fighting, but just for funsies. Certainly, I’ve encountered audiences who didn’t want to play.  And, with other audiences, I’ve gone too far; played too rough. Usually, though, we play approximately the correct amount and walk away delighted.

Regardless of the audience response, I bow at the end.  It’s a little Easter Egg, a hidden clue within the performance, to indicate that I respect those in attendance.  To tell them it was all just a show. A staged presentation of a reality that has now evaporated. It’s a way for me to say, “I was just playing. I like you. Thank you for playing with me.”

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Stream My Audio

I don’t know what platform you use to listen to audio, but, I assure you, my work is on there. Please feel free to give me a spin or two while you’re clicking through your Spotify, or Apple Music, or Pandora, or whatever.

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Man in the Suit

My third live stand-up comedy album, Man in the Suit, is available everywhere.

Here’s a fancy hyperlink to help you find it: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/ryanstout/gdFq

Man in the Suit – Available Everywhere
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Album #3

My third stand-up comedy album, recorded LIVE, in front of an audience of complete strangers, will soon be in the consumer-sphere.

Man in the Suit will premiere this Friday, January 11, 2019, on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy channel at 10am (ET). So, if you don’t have satellite radio, now is probably the best time to grab yourself some access.

If you miss the initial debut, Raw Dog has already scheduled the record for re-play on Saturday at 7am (ET) and Sunday at 7pm (ET).

For the next few weeks SiriusXM will have the album exclusively. But, soon enough it will be available for purchase from all of your normal comedy retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, etc) and for streaming on all those platforms that rip off artists (Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, etc).

My previous albums, Touché and How to Be an Audience, are of course still both available everywhere for your delightment.

Despite the demand for a physical products– like a CD, vinyl, or cassette– being very low, I still went ahead and put time and effort into making sure the album art was top notch. So, enjoy.

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Back
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Functional, But Under Construction

Ryan Stout by Joel Flora

Well, Friends… The old website crashed. If you look around, you’ll find that this is the same content as the old site, but without the slick, customized layout we had all grown to love. This current edition is just a placeholder while we make our way forward, so enjoy it while you can!

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My Return to Minneapolis

This week I have the privilege of making my fellow comedians very jealous of me. Tuesday thru Saturday, May 8 – 12, I will be headlining seven shows at Acme Comedy Company in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This opportunity is only available 52 times each year and there are way more than 52 comedians, so you can understand the extreme supply/demand of the situation. Thousands of comedians would love to be in my shoes. But, they aren’t. I am in my shoes.

Die-hard fans of my work will recognize this comedy club from the liner notes of my previous albums. That’s right: Both of my albums were recorded here. I even recorded a third album that you’ll probably never hear. AND, true to form, I will be recording this week’s shows, as well. Maybe for a new album.

If you come to a show this week, there are no promises that you will make it onto my next album… Or even that the crowd on your night will make the album… But, it could happen. So, get your tickets!

Here’s a nice little sample of something I previously recorded at Acme:

May 08 – 12, 2018
Acme Comedy Company
708 N 1st Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Tel: 612-338-6393

Show Times
Tuesday — 8pm
Wednesday — 8pm
Thursday – 8pm
Friday – 8pm AND 10:30pm
Saturday – 8pm AND 10:30pm

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BACK IN CINCINNATI

This weekend I’m returning to Cincinnati to perform at one of my favorite venues: Go Bananas Comedy Club. [Details below.]

The club has three things that make it stand out.

(1) It has low ceilings providing acoustics that make every crowd reaction really pop. The laughing and clapping fill the room. (And you can really feel the boos.)

(2) It’s dark. Real dark. So, individual audience members can feel comfortable laughing at anything they want. If you want to laugh at goofy “dad” jokes, or a dumb puns, or mean-evil-disgusting material about taboo topics, feel free. No one is going to judge you. Because they can’t see you. It’s too dark. You can hide in the anonymity of the darkness and enjoy yourself.

(3) The management cares more about the show than anything else. And they aren’t afraid to turn away customers to protect the show. For example, you know how people like to complain? Some complaints are reasonable. And some aren’t. If the management at Go Bananas decides a customer is a stupid, irritable, and unreasonable… Well, chances are, that person probably isn’t going to be a smart, pleasant, and reasonable audience member. So, for the good of the show– to protect the other customers’ good time– that person is politely told to “Get the F#*% out and never come back.” Sometimes this happens before the show begins.

My first time headlining Go Bananas was almost 10 years ago and I’m always thrilled to go back.

If you want to see a clip from one of those shows back in 2009, here you go:

April 05 – 08, 2018
Go Bananas Comedy Club
8410 Market Place Lane
Montgomery, OH 45242-5332
Tel: 513-984-9288

Show Times
Thursday – 8pm
Friday – 7:30pm AND 10:00pm
Saturday – 7:30pm AND 10:00pm
Sunday – 8pm

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El Paso, TX – One Night Only

First off:  Did you pick up a copy of my NEW ablum?

If not, you are way behind…  

You can find “How to Be an Audience” on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and pretty much anywhere audio files are sold.

Also:

On January 11, 2018, I will be doing a ONE NIGHT ONLY event in El Paso, TX.  If you live there– and I know a lot of you do– you can grab tickets on EventBrite. You can click those colored letters right now. Or, if you don’t trust me to link you properly, you can copy and paste the full link:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-night-stand-with-ryan-stout-tickets-41154884367?aff=es2

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NEW ALBUM AVAILABLE NOW

Dear Friends, Family, and Comedy Lovers,

My newest stand-up comedy album is officially available for purchase.

“How to Be an Audience” can be downloaded from iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and a bunch of smaller retailers.

I hope you’ll snag a copy.

Or make a friend buy it so you can enjoy their copy.

Either way, below are five fun facts about my comedy album sales and production. Maybe these will help influence your decision to purchase this new record on opening day.

 

FUN FACT #1

My first album, “Touché,” debuted at #7 on the iTunes Comedy charts. And do you know how many copies I had to sell to earn that position?  174.  

I don’t remember who was #7 on the iTunes Hip-Hop/Rap charts on that same day. But, back then, in order to reach #7 in that genre I’m told it would require over 100,000 sales.

Hip-Hop is far more competitive than comedy.

That said, each individual sale on the comedy charts carries a whole lot of weight. So, if you have $9.99 to spare, you could be personally responsible for bumping me up to the top of the list.  Your sale matters.  It helps.

 

FUN FACT #2

The record label that released my first album estimated opening day sales would be around 150 copies. We beat their projection by almost 50%.

My cut of those first day sales:  $608.39

But, I never saw any of that money.  It all went toward recouping the initial costs of album production.

 

FUN FACT #3  

My newest album is self-produced and self-released. 

I didn’t have a team of producers to spearhead editing, mastering, distribution, or promotion; I had to figure out all of that on my own. I had to do some research, make some phone calls, and hire some very specific professionals to do some very specific work. I oversaw every decision.

I had to ask myself stupid questions, like, “How do I get my album onto TIDAL, and Deezer, and Microsoft Groove?”  And then I had to find an answer and make it happen.  

Oh, and I had to pay for it all.

Grand total for recording, mastering, album assembly, editing, design, distribution, etc. was about $5,300

That is money I now need to recoup.

 

FUN FACT #4  

Considering the money I would need to recoup…

If I sell fewer than 999 copies, an American working a minimum wage job for 40 hours each week will earn more money this month than I will from album sales.

If sales hit 3,883? Then, that would recoup expenses and earn me minimum wage for an entire year.

Is 3,883 even possible?  Keep reading…

 

FUN FACT #5

In 2011, roughly 8 million tracks were available for sale on iTunes. 

(That’s everything from Jay Z to Taylor Swift to U2; everything from Christian rock to elevator jazz to country-trance fusion.)

Of the 8 million tracks available for sale, about 7.5 million tracks sold less than 100 copies.

Of the 8 million tracks available for sale, 2.5 million tracks only sold one copy. Ever.

As of 2017, those numbers have grown more disparate. The upper 1% dominates all the sales. And no one on the comedy charts are in the upper 1%.

But, if I can sell over 100 albums, I will be doing better than 94% of everything else on iTunes.

 

As you can tell, this is not a money-making venture. I have a small group of loyal fans and I like to have a real products, of high quality, that my fans can be proud to share with their friends. But, sales do help. Each sale is representative of how the market values my work. And that is what allows me to stay in business.

I can be an artist forever— even a broke artist— but market forces and sales figures determine my place in show business. They determine things like Netflix specials and tour destinations and film opportunities.

I hope you want more of me. And I hope you want it enough to invest $9.99 in my business.

I appreciate your help.

 

Many thanks,

Ryan

 

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SiriusXM debut of my NEW album

Hey, Gang.

Did you know I have a new album ready for your ears to behold?

How to Be an Audience will premiere today on SiriusXM’s Raw Dog Comedy channel at 3pm EST.

SiriusXM will have the album exclusively for a short period of time and then it will be available for purchase at all of your normal comedy retailers (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Pandora, Spotify, etc).

My previous album, Touché is, of course still available for your purchasing fancy.

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