Happy Third Birthday, Videogum!

Guys, if you’ll allow me for a brief moment to lay down the heavy armor of sarcastic deflection that I use to protect myself from the emotional pain of genuinely engaging with the world: last night’s Videogum 3rd Anniversary Comedy Show and Party at the Bell House was really wonderful. No joke, it was just the best. I think it was actually pretty special? It was a very fun night, to be sure, but I think it was even more than that! (And I have the Craigslist “Missed Connections” to prove it!) Not only was it great to perform and to watch some of my favorite comedians in the whole world (I’m talking the whole thing, like, internationally!) perform, and to eat delicious cake and talk to nice people and all-in-all enjoy a fun evening, it was also nice to think that other people also enjoyed it, and that together we have built a really special thing. I mean it! Videogum is not the biggest or most popular blog on the Internet by any stretch of the imagination, but the tiny corner that it has carved out for itself is, at least in my opinion, neat, maybe even important in some way, if I can be so grandiose as to even suggest that, and so it was a real treat, at least for me, to be able to celebrate that fact with some of you guys. If I had my way, you would have all been there, but as you know, I never get my way, ever. Not yet. Fingers crossed. Whether you were able to make it or not, though, you can still relive the magic through this fantastic photo gallery shot by Jessica Amaya.

I would also like to take a moment and thank a few people for helping to make last night such a success:

Thank you to all of the performers, obviously: Kurt Braunohler, Kristen Schaal, Max Silvestri, Wyatt Cenac, John Roberts, and Heather Lawless. I would also like to thank Heather Dunsmoor, Naomi Pelham, and everyone at the Bell House who helped to put it together. Thank you to Alea who made the incredible cake and cupcakes that everyone ate the hell out of. That was, I am not kidding, the best cake I have ever eaten in my life, and I genuinely hope that I am one day in a position to hire Alea as my PERSONAL pastry chef. That’s kind of a weird compliment, but also I mean it? Thank you to contributors Joe Mande, Gabe Liedman, and Steve K. Thank you to Lindsay Robertson, who must always be thanked, it is important. Thank you to Brandon Stosuy and Jessica Suarez at Stereogum. And I don’t think this gets said enough, and maybe we (read: I) need to work on that, but thank you very much to Scott Lapatine and Amrit Singh. I always forget to thank them, because I am a human being, and so I am filled with weakness and regret. But I want to thank them for hiring me in the first place, and then for all of the work that they have done on a consistent basis to make Videogum what it is. (And for their friendship duh.) Finally, I would like to thank you guys. If you did not read the site, the site wouldn’t exist. End of story. But even more than that, I think you guys make the site through all of your tips, and comments, and side blogs, and chat rooms, and genuine sense of actual community. It’s incredible. So, thank you. I realize now that it kind of sounds like I am dying? Oh well. Thank you, everyone! R.I.P. GABE! It was fun while it lasted. Hopefully they have blogs in heaven just kidding they better not!

We did it, you guys! Three years! I kind of thought the world would be covered in water by now? Shoot. Let’s goooo!