From the outside looking in it seems Instagram in particular is responsible for creating sensational internet comedians along the likes of DC Young Fly originally from Atlanta; and Atown who is originally from Philadelphia. This trend of new generation comedy has made its way to Baltimore and is revamping the comedy scene in Maryland. Comedian Big Fred from Baltimore is one comic who uses IG (Instagram) as a networking tool to reinvent comedy in Maryland.
His story is much like Kanye West in a sense of a serious injury is his motivation and drive to change his life. While Big Fred had a neck fracture he spent his time watching stand up, comic view and celebrity roasts. I guess he had to laugh to keep from crying. Finding inspiration, he threw himself a neck release party [pun intended] which were comedic productions that showcased comics from all over the country but what is more impressive is his productions are also networking events that help comics break into the industry. By simply posting crowds, performances and flyers of future shows Big Fred’s popularity increased proving social media is a great promotional platform. Those 15 second clips were gut busting enough to create a buzz for Fred; he now has annual comedy shows in Baltimore, produced with KLE Team Productions one of the biggest shows of the year at World Famous Jimmy’s Seafood called My Own Tour and brought Queen of Comedy Monique to the Hippodrome Theater.
Marketing using these new generation methods doesn’t come easy, it involves a lot of scrolling, smudged screens, taking selfies and frequent hand cramps “LOL” all jokes aside when Big Fred was asked about branding himself he said, “It’s challenging and competitive, you have to share with people you are close too and not so close but you wish everyone luck.”
You can catch Big Fred live at the dates listed below.
“Comedy Cool Out” June 28, 2015 at World Famous Jimmy’s Seafood @ 8 o’clock pm
“Crabs and Laughs” August 23, 2015 at World Famous Jimmy’s Seafood @ 8 o’clock pm
Social Media is spewing out funny people from all over the world giving them a bigger platform to reach a mass of people and perform for them on the viewers cell phone.