Bootleg/Out of Print Comedy Records


At the A Special Thing message board, users have devoted a thread to posting bootlegged standup comedy shows and out of print comedy records. Many of these shows feature familiar jokes and bits, recognizable to anyone who’s listened to the artists’ official releases, but they’re often in a more nascent, early form. Sometimes the jokes don’t work as well. Sometimes they work much better. Sometimes they didn’t even make it to the eventual album release. While live music is very much the end product of the creative process, live comedy is the creative process.

Jonathan Nathan is a writer and a comedian who lives in Kansas. He is smugly superior. More from this author →