May 12, 2006

So you haven't heard much about it because this is not a Blog For Feelings, but I been going through hell of breakups lately.

There's one one that is under the purview of this blog because it relates to comedy, so here goes.

DERRICK (Donald, Dom, and myself) and Fran are leaving Hammerkatz. This was a decision we reached with everyone else in the group, and there are less than no hard feelings and we all still love each other to death, but it had to happen for a number of reasons. To us, the distinction between DERRICK and Hammerkatz was always very clear, but when you're inviting people to your shows, be they industry or just a cute girl, having a group of three people who are also members of a larger group and both groups are doing more or less the same thing (sketch comedy) even if it's in very different ways, people are inevitably confused. And if you're trying to establish a brand, confusion is a bad look for everybody.

Also, trying to make moves in the industry as Hammerkatz, we'd inevitably encounter the problem of people liking us but not wanting to buy us 'cause there were eight of us. With the group moving forward as a tight four, that shouldn't be an issue anymore. Creating more cohesive, streamlined shows should be easier with just four people in a room as well. I can't wait to see what my boys come up with.

But for all the reasons it's a necessary move professionally, it's still really sad that unless it's a social call, I won't be in the room with these wonderful fuckers on a weekly basis. It will be weird to see a show advertised as "Hammerkatz" and not be involved. Even if everybody involved realizes it's the right thing to do, it still sucks. Just like in a real breakup, the logic of the thing doesn't lessen the pain of it.

These kids are my first memories of college and of the city, they gave me something to do instead of taking naps in my room, we did dirty sketches and college festivals and farted up hotel rooms together. They are the reason that as sad or as self-pitying as I could ever feel, I never felt like I was anything but in exactly the right place at exactly the right time. They are fucking geniuses, and I hope we all have the sort of lives where someday somebody's astounded all these people were in the same room together, because I'm astounded by that now. From here on out I could see them every day and still miss them because it won't be quite the same thing.

Anyway, we had a fucking amazing run of it, and new adventures are coming soon. Among them:

These are a couple of videos Hammerkatz made a couple weeks ago, ostensibly to run on MTVU. That never panned out, but you don't care because you have three or more minutes to kill: Waiver Form (feat. your humble narrator), Saran Wrap (feat. Gregor, Greg).

Greg and Lou are putting up their two person show at UCB on Monday night, should be a gas. It's at 7 PM and it costs five measley bucks. I will be there, bartending. Come on by. Tip a dude.

Make reservations here

So there.

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