Indulge me while I'm mushy and self-important.
I love Los Angeles and LA Comedy. We can be cliquey narcissistic flakes, but we also build our own wonderful families of misfits and I've been lucky enough to be part of a few different tribes. I love the range of shows and venues and mics, even the ones that aren't up my alley, I'm glad they're there. I love that I've been able to watch the comedy center of gravity move back to LA (and it's gonna keep coming) as comedy has become mainstream popular again. I love that I've watched The Improv and The Comedy Store evolve and thrive recently, when a couple of years ago I would argue they were unsustainable dinosaurs.
I've loved the chance to watch up close as guys (I'm using that gender-neutrally) grew and worked on sets that became their half hours or hours. I've loved seeing people embrace new technology and figure out how to leverage things like podcasts and Vine as both artistic and marketing tools.
I've loved going down to San Diego for weekends and traveling with The Monsters of Comedy Tour. I've loved sitting in the back of The Store at 1 am on a Monday for a David Taylor set or a BKO performance. I've loved seeing Louis CK and Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle and Craig Robinson and Jeff Ross in weird, intimate settings.
There's shit I don't like, of course, but my point is I love LA and I'm not so much leaving here as going there.
It was a lot of good timing and serendipity that led to this decision, which is how I fell into comedy in the first place, so why stop trusting that now? I'm sad, but I'm excited.
I'm excited to plunge into a new scene. I'm excited to see what grows out of the vacuum that's come from the West Coast exodus. I'm excited to get to watch guys like Ted Alexandro and Big Jay Oakerson and Kurt Metzger on a regular basis and discover a whole new crop of you comedians that are going to grow and flourish. I'm excited to fall in love with new clubs and comedians. I'm super psyched about The Stand, which is as close to how I would run a club if I owned one as you could get without me actually owning it (and if you know the parallels between Patrick and I, that makes total sense). I'm excited to try and produce shows in a city that doesn't lay in the shadow of The Industry and doesn't have a completely entertainment-saturated population.
I'll still maintain CG and I'll still be contributing to AmericasComedy.Com. A few new LA writers are coming on board ACC, but you can always reach out to me of you've got an album or a show that you want covered. And now you can reach out to me when you're visiting New York. I'll still have a couch whose main purpose is for broke comedians to sleep on.