Monday, September 20, 2010

So, what's up with that Paul F. Tompkins show?

Posted By on Mon, Sep 20, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Earlier this year, comedian Paul F. Tompkins (Best Week Ever, Mr. Show, The Daily Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Tenacious D, podcasts, podcasts, podcasts, etc.) announced a plan: Get 300 people in your town to join a Facebook group by a target date and he'll perform in said town. New Orleans managed to grab just over 300 by the deadline, and Tompkins made good on his plan. On Aug. 30, Tompkins announced a show date and venue: Oct. 2 at Republic.

Tickets in Boston, San Francisco and Toronto are sold out. As of Friday, Republic sold only 29 tickets. Tompkins, who regularly interacts with his fans and followers on both Facebook and Twitter, wrote a message on his Facebook page that same day:

Sorry to say only 29 tickets have been sold for the Republic show. This is not only not 300, it is not enough for a show. There really needs to be some movement in sales or I'll have to cancel the show. I really don't want to do this! I've never been to NOLA and I was very much looking forward to going.

I have never had to do this before. And I only feel like I might have to here because tickets are selling so well everywhere else. So if you haven't bought a ticket yet, please do. If you know people who aren't on Facebook who know about this show, maybe suggest to them that buying a ticket might be a good thing to do.

And if there's some reason people aren't attending the show that my knowing about would make a difference, please let me know.

Hope to see you October 2nd!

Thanks,

Paul

He then followed with, "I guess I'm confused as to why this group — which is over 300 people — exists." Well, there are a few reasons: Most show-goers here buy their tickets at the door, and most show-goers are pretty lazy. We're blessed with year-round, amazing concerts and events. Touring bands have increased their presence in the city over the past few years, and sometimes they're just a blip compared to what else may be happening that night. Tickets are bought on a whim, but most "big" events can assume a large draw. But this does not mean New Orleans is also an attractive spot for headlining comedians. It's out of the way, most venues are standing-room-only, there is a lot of chatter over the performances, etc. Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter performed at The Parish at House of Blues in 2006, and, well, here's Black's take on the show:

So, a New Orleans performance from Tompkins is an excellent and rare event. (And a rare event anyway. This "Facebook 300" tour only has six dates.) Ticket sales are likely to have increased since Tompkins put out a plea — the Facebook event page for the show is now up to 37 attendees.

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