Why is it that a 14-year-old with a phone can develop a following of millions online, yet some of the most talented performers I know still perform for free to audiences of a dozen or so while working a retail gig to pay the bills?
I think the answer is the type of content being made. The internet has opened the door to creativity that doesn't require years of honing your craft- the fun is in the simple structure and the interesting people.
My hope with Friends of Andy is to create simple, fun content that I think will appeal to an internet audience and feature a rotating cast of talented performers who haven't really ventured into the world of internet content. Shows will be engaging and fun for viewers and an easy opportunity for performers to shine.
Current shows in the works include Game Night, where funny folx play Quiplash and do 2-3 minute chunks of solo material, Movie Night, where audience members can watch a movie live with funny performers doing bits or adding their own games (I can't give it all away now), and Cooking With... where someone with decades of experience cooking teaches a comedian how to make an authentic regional or international dish.
We're also looking forward to hosting panels, talks, telethons, and other events that aim to bring people together for a chance to laugh, learn, and connect.
Nobody is getting paid right now, but the plan is to maintain financial transparency and work toward paying everyone involved.