Andrew Schulz on Independently Releasing His Comedy Special


11 months ago



Andrew Schulz

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Andrew Schulz is a stand-up comic, actor, and podcaster. He's the host of the "Flagrant 2" podcast with Akaash Singh, and the "Brilliant Idiots" podcast with Charlamagne Tha God. His latest special, "Infamous", is available on YouTube.


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So how does this work without naming names? You don't have, or if you want to name names, I don't care. Look, here's the thing. The reason why I haven't named the streamer and people have said a bunch of things is because like the guy there is a good guy and he fought for it. But people have bosses and sometimes you have to do what the boss says. Right. So what was the scenario? I sold a special. We had it ready to go. Filmed a special. Even before COVID we had to deal. Did you sell it before you filmed it? Yes. Okay. Yeah. So you had a deal. Yep. Had a deal. Everything ready to go. Did they come to see you live? They saw me live. They saw me live. Yes. Wow. Okay. So they bought it. They go, we like it. This is great. At the show you were at. Okay. We're good. Everything's good to go. Basically the Chappelle trans thing happens and they freak out. Culture changed. They freak the fuck out. I go. I'm not cutting these. And they start saying these weird corporate terms like, we don't want any punching down. Which is really the most bigoted fucking way of looking at something. You have to look at yourself higher and above another person. And I get it. You see a white guy on stage making fun of every different culture and person. I'm fucking making fun of a Somali dude. I'm making fun of women. I'm making fun of whoever it is. You're making fun of yourself too though. A lot. Exactly. It's amazing me constantly. Everybody gets these jokes. That's ethos. You've been at the show. You understand what it is. And all these people, they're coming for that. They want to be part of it. They recognize, I don't fucking hate these people. I'm actually curious. I don't like dissecting comedy like that too much to other people. Like with the comics I do it. But like, I'm curious in your culture and I want to learn about it. And like, I understand that like as an outsider, maybe I have some cool observations that like, you know, but you didn't know other people saw. And then like you get to see that kind of get exposed and people really like that. They like being represented by it. I make a joke about Albanians. The fucking Albanian community shares like crazy. You know, it's just like, it's a really cool thing to happen. And we had this great fucking thing at these live shows where everybody walks in the door and they just, they turn off the I'm offended by everything or whatever the world is outside. And it becomes like, I don't know what the, I don't even know what to compare it to, but it kind of becomes like, remember when you were riding the bus to school? Yes. And it's like, yo, we're all on the bus, bro. He's getting made fun of and you're going to get some shit thrown in the back of your head and then you're going to clap back at that motherfucker for having a big nose. And he's going to clap back at you and this girl's got red hair. We're fucking lighting her up. And it was just the best 30 minutes on the way to school. And it's like, we've made that and it exists and it happens and all this fucking outreach shit is bullshit and you saw it in the room. It's beautiful. Well, the people that were there are the people that seek out that kind of humor. Yes, that is all. That's the thing. It's like, is it okay to seek out that kind of humor? Now if you don't like that kind of humor, don't fucking watch it. And this is the fucking, this is the crazy thing about it because I understand somewhat the network want to take it down and I'm fucking grateful I was even able to buy it back. Okay. That's awesome. I put it out myself, right? And I put it out on my website and I'm only putting out for fucking two weeks. Okay. There's a two week fucking window where you can buy it. It stops, I think August 1st or July 31st, the last day. I don't know, but whatever the fuck I want. Interesting. Because I own it. That's what I own it. I've been inside two weeks though. Urgency. I saw these amazing comics put specials up on a platform like Netflix and it's just like, it's a fart in the wind. People go, I'll get to it eventually. It's there forever. I'll get to it. There's so much content. It's so much and there's no urgency. I wanted a fucking pay-per-view event. There's a reason I had fucking Bruce and you connected me, so thank you so much for that. But Bruce did the intro. Yeah. Bruce Buffers the band. Bruce is the fucking, dude, let me tell you something about Bruce. And Michael Irvin has this as well. Michael Irvin, I hit a term for it, man. I forget the fucking name for it. But he's like, I'm a 100%er. I go, what's that mean? He goes, whatever I'm doing, it's 100%. Bruce is 100%. Yeah. Whatever. If he could have been easy, he could have had fucking no cards and read off the no cards. He even said to us, he goes, let me give it another shot. And then fucking tore the roof off the place. Refresh this and do it from the top. Oh, this shit is crazy. Oh, he put the headphones on. This is the moment you've all been waiting for. It is time. Come on. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. It is time. No, no. No, no, no. No, no, no, no, otherwise it is time. He is like a tomato. He is as red as a tomato at the end. He is the best. He doesn't have to do it. Of course he does. He is 100% a bro. He is the best announcer of all time. Ever. Ever. And it is like he came through and he fucking did it. Honestly a cool story. any traction so he said fucking I'm gonna put out a song a week every week I'm gonna put out a song and I'm just gonna get better at this and keep on putting it out and I was like fuck I'm not working hard enough if this guy could put out a song a week I'm gonna put out a clip a week and I put out a clip a week on fucking Instagram and YouTube for a year and that changed everything so I hit him up and I told him the fucking story and I was like dude it would be an honor if we could have you do a song and he gave us a fucking unreleased song that's a put on a thing so that's dope that's dope too that he was the inspiration and then he brought it all around yeah he's on your show I don't know but yeah the fucking the thing with the jokes is like I'm not editing fucking jokes Joe I don't mind like you write a movie for me tell me what the fuck to say if I agree to do it I'll fucking do it but I made this it I'm so grateful for you for even shining a light on what I was doing and and creating this opportunity for me like coming on this show for the first time like I now it changed my career but I think it changed a lot of comics career because they also started doing the YouTube stuff and Instagram stuff and really like transforms how commie is done now for a new generation like literally it's like idea and then platform and cosign can can shift the fucking industry dude