Once upon a time there was a great message board called A Special Thing, run by Never Not Funny’s Matt Belknap. Comedians you know and love posted on it. Todd Barry would give us updates on Louis CK. Jen Kirkman would occasionally pop in the chat room. It was a haven where the internet wasn’t a cesspool of awful youtube comments.
Unfortunately the website crashed and a lot of us abandoned it. It still exists, but the archives, along with years of my photo recaps of Comedy Death Ray were lost. Doug Benson still randomly answers questions there, as long as they’re not dumb.
Anyway, there would be these polls in which we would rank comedians. Before the crash, it fueled a video response to the results between some comedians.
Every month, the talented Liezl Estipona takes photos of Varietopia with Paul F. Tompkins at Largo at The Coronet. In addition to documenting the lineup ( and the secret fears of trumpet players), she snaps tons of action shots of the show in progress. Check them out here.
COME SEE WHAT SHE SEES!
The next Varietopia isSaturday,August 23rd September 27, and tickets are on sale now.