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Salsa Windfall and Joe DeRosa: Beyond Live Comedy

Date Posted:August 10, 2023

Author:Tanya Wisecracker

The stand-up comedy scene has seen an evolution over the years, with digital platforms providing both established and budding comedians an avenue to share their craft with a global audience. This shift in the comedy landscape became evident in recent interviews and releases by comedians Joe DeRosa and Matt McCusker.

Joe DeRosa: A Live Comedy Multitasker

Joe DeRosa, in a candid conversation with Jake from Joke WRLD, paints a portrait of a comedian with an array of interests. From owning a sandwich shop, Joey Roses, in New York City to producing albums with his band 'Salsa Windfall', Joe's endeavors are as diverse as they are intriguing.

The tale behind the formation of ‘Salsa Windfall’ is one rooted in spontaneity and shared passion. From its beginnings in college with bandmate Paul Chell to its recent resurgence with the release of ‘Artificial Birth’, Joe's journey into the music world is an authentic testament to pursuing what one loves. Despite the challenges of being in different cities and careers pulling them in various directions, the duo’s shared love for music never faded. Their album, which had been in the works for nearly eight years, eventually found its way to the public thanks to mentions on Joe's podcast "Taste Buds".

Beyond his musical endeavors, Joe's multifaceted nature shines brightly in his comedic art. His upcoming comedy tour, ‘I’ve Never Promised You a Rose Garden’, promises to be a unique thematic experience. Framed around the concept of societal hopelessness, Joe aims to shed light on the facades of so-called progress and tolerance that seem pervasive in today's digital age.

Matt McCusker's Latest Stand-Up Comedy Special Drops Unannounced

Matt McCusker, his sudden drop of a stand-up special on YouTube titled ‘The Speed of Light’ is a testament to the changing dynamics of live comedy. In an era where promotion on various podcasts and platforms is almost deemed essential, Matt's decision to release his hour of comedy without much fanfare is both daring and reflective of the evolving stand-up comedy scene. Yet, with already over 800,000 views, the decision seems justified.

Directed by John McKeever, the special features Matt humorously rollerblading through the streets of Philadelphia. For those new to Matt's comedy, he co-hosts "Matt and Shane's Secret Podcast" alongside fellow stand-up comic Shane Gillis, cementing his position in the world of comedy podcasts.

Both Joe DeRosa and Matt McCusker encapsulate the spirit of the modern comedian. While the former seamlessly juggles between music, live comedy, and business, the latter employs the power of digital platforms to reach his audience. Their tales signify an age where stand-up comedy is no longer just about buying comedy tickets and attending a live show. It's about embracing change, utilizing available platforms, and delivering laughs in ways previously unimagined. Whether you're tuning into a podcast, streaming an album, or catching a special on YouTube, the world of comedy has never been more accessible or diverse.

Rolling Credits: Who appeared on comedy podcasts this week?

Some of the clips used in this video are from these comedy podcasts:

New(-ish) stand-up comedy specials out recently include:

  • Dark Pale by Jim Gaffigan on Prime Video

  • Speed of Light by Matt McCusker on YouTube

  • Soup to Nuts by Mark Normand on Netflix

  • Reality Check by Kevin Hart on Peacock

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