The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge

Season 1, Episode 43 · 2 years ago

"He Has the Terrorist Birds" with Matt Stanley - The Basement Lounge: EP #43


Matt Stanley is a comedian/magician who's performed on cruise ships & in comedy clubs, and if you're not careful, his birds will attack you on an airplane!

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Hello, which is lady Sarah, and you are listening to the Basement Lounge. Grab a drink, pull up a chair and settle it, because you're in the basement lounge. Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whatever time of day it is for you guys. Welcome to a brand new episode of the Basement Lounge. We're sitting in with a the first time guest. He's a guy I met a few years ago and stay in touch ever since, and he's from around these parts. He makes people laugh, he makes them go oh AH. He is Matt Stanley. How you doing man? I'm doing good. How are you doing? Good man, welcome to the show. Good to finally have you on. We've talked about this a few times. We finally made it happen. You are a you are a magician and a comedian, and it's not a combination you see very often. No, not not really. I mean there there are some of us out there, but you know, you kind of. I grew up with the amazing Jonathan and you know Matt King and Michael Finne. You're all all comedy magicians. That kind of paved the way as far as magicians working in comedy clubs and comedy venues in that kind of thing. So yeah, it's a it's a you know, kind of a unique little niche. You mentioned, you know, you mentioned the amazing Jonathan. He's one that like, like was one of my favorites growing up. Now lately there's been this like wave of documentaries about him, like two or three that have come out in the last couple of years about the guy. You know, what a what a weird cat. It's yeah, yeah, absolutely, and and I think that each one of those documentaries gets a little more bizarre than the last one to it kind of opens up another door each time, I think. I think my favorite one is the one that's on Hulu right now. It's just called the amazing Jonathan Documentary, and you find out that, like it's the documentary ends up becoming more about the documentary itself than about Jonathan, because it's the finds out, like in the filming that there's like three other crews filming at the same time and in the one guy's been doing it for like five years or something like that, or maybe even longer than that. It's it was crazy, but yeah, that Guy Jonathan is just just go go watch the documentaries. Guys. It's a it's a hell of a story. Yeah, it's wow. Yeah, especially considering he disappears from the documentary for like a good thirty minutes. But anyway, we're here talking about we're here talking about Matt Stanley. So which which came first? Was it the magician aspect or was it the comedy aspect? Definitely the magician aspect. I got a magic kit for my sixth birthday. You know, it's kind of a common gift for a kid that age to receive. Lots of kids get it and just you know, it lasts for a month or two. For me it just kind of it took off. I was really interested in it. I tell people that it was a gag gift from my parents when they gave me the kit, but the jokes on them because I do this for a living now. So but yeah, so the the magician side of it definitely came first. I used to do, you know, not real serious magic like, you know, macab or anything like that, but nothing like real dark or anything. But I did start off as more of a serious magician Tuxedo tails, you know. I had an act where I produced birds, does and all kinds of stuff like that and I did the some of the classic stuff, you know, sawing a lady in half and, you know, making them appear and disappear and all that kind of stuff. And and then I ended up developing there are, you know, like just like comedy competitions, there are magic competitions that happen and they happen all around the world, but they in the US. They happen on a regional and a national level and then even an international level as well. They bring them to North America. Some...

...of the international competitions are in a different city every year, almost like the Olympics would be. And Yeah, so I put together a couple competition acts and I had some success with those. They were bird acts. And then around the time that the pirates of the Caribbean movies and cut through it island and all that, we're really popular, I got contacted someone asking me if I could do a movie premiere as dressed as a pirate, just do magic, but as a pirate, and it kind of gave me the idea from that point that, you know, it might be kind of cool to have a pirate themed act and I already at the time in my show I had dubs and I had an umbrella Cockatoo, so a parrot and and that was the the parrot was the finale production of the show, kind of, you know, I produced a bunch of handkerchiefs from nowhere and then the bird appeared out of the handkerchiefs. So when I did the Pirate Act, I got a blue and golden thecall and that was the finale. So I produced the one big bird at the beginning and then the macaw at the end of the act, because a pirate has to have, you know, a parrot on their shoulder. So yeah, so it's it. And that that act took me around a lot. I want a lot of regional and national and international magic awards with that one. It became increasingly difficult to tour with an act like that because not only is it a lot of birds and, you know, some bigger props and that kind of thing were involved, but it also, you know, just you have, you know, you have to transport all those birds and vet certificates to fly with. Oh yeah, and and all kinds of stuff. It was it was crazy. So yeah, and then not all like the bird flu stuff hit and everything. So so at that time I'd kind of been developing doing a little more pattern, you know, talking based material, and kind of had a you know, a decent comedy timing at that time. Just I think that's something that you can definitely hone, but I think you also have to have some kind of a foundation for it at the beginning. It's not so much something you can learn as much as you know. You kind of have to have a little bit of that early on. So yeah, so it kind of went more for the for the comedy side, and then it was a show that I could tour with a lot easier and just a one man show, very few props and basically like a you know briefcase. I could it was wasn't all my props. So I went from I went from having to, you know, ship two hundred and fifty pounds worth of props and eight birds to a briefcaste that I can carry on a plane with me just for those are way. He's like, Oh, we gotta lay out with what's that the flight? The flight's been to lay a couple hours. Well, just so nobody gets bored, right right. Yeah, the briefcase as the end a TSAs tagglings. Yeah, absolutely, yeah, what's that? Yeah, that's that's that's the thing. It's like everyone that travels on planes and goes through TSA. They're like, oh, I can't believe what they, you know, make me go through in that kind of thing. Imagine having some of the weird craft magician travels with. I mean, something I found out the hard way is I use playing cards. A deck of playing cards going through an x ray is fine. Two decks of playing cards going through an x rays fine. Three is fine for apparently looks the same as see for explosives when they're looking at the X ray. So if you have four decks of cards that are in a corner of a case stack together, apparently that has m and explosive. That's funny. Oh Bad, I thought you're about told me that. Like they just didn't Ald just didn't allow that many playing cards, or there's an embargo from bars. Like three, three decks of playing cards. That's fine for x of playing cards. That's a little suspicious. WHO's playing that?...

Who's playing that much solitaire on an airplane? Come on right, absolutely, that's that's a lot of solid hare. I actually I when I was traveling with the Bird Act, I had my my blue gold macag got loose in the cabin of the plane while we were flying. I was heading out to compete in a competition in Las Vegas and it's a it was a big deal, the world magic seminar they had. You had to send in a video tape to get submitted, much like a, you know, comedy festival or contest, that kind of thing, and they accept you know, so many people they limit it. And Yeah, so I got a I got accepted to go out. I was seventeen years old, so I'm still like my mom and step dad or are traveling with me at that time still and ordinarily I had a kennel that would go under the plane and they put him the animals. It's all safe. They put him in a pressurized cabin and all that kind of thing. It's but the it was too cold and in between the airport terminal and the plane itself, they have an issue with that. It was in January and if it's below like, I believe it's thirty degrees or something like that, they don't allow that to happen. So we the bi kennels from the airline and carry them on the plane and the bird chewed like a softball size hole in the side of the Kennel, because this is a bird that has like a two thousand pound of pressure per square inch, you know, beat right. So I yeah, I look up about the time I realized there's a huge hole in the side of the cage. The bird is now flying around, pops out and is flying around the inside, no, the plane, and then now I don't have anything to contain it because I can't put it back in this Kennel because clearly it can just sure, yeah, you know, pop right back out. So the bird was trained if I held my hand up, she would land on my hand, and she did that and about that time she took about the biggest diuretic crap you've ever seen in your life right on the floor. It was it was a mess. Oh Man, you got some be you got a lot of people's too. Gets refunded that day, my friend. You know, I'm pretty sure I did. And the other thing is too, is like I could never get them to to cop to this, but for about two years after that, every time I would fly that random security checkpoint, I got one hundred percent of the time. So I think that they like black flag me or something in the system and, you know, like it was had something special on my ticket. It was like, Oh, check this guy out here, this guy is he has the terrorist birds, the guy with his birds. So that's far's so what? Because you I love the I love the videos you'd post online of the like the trick of the day and trigger the weekly tricking the week rather. Yeahyah, had I had that get started, man, just I just, you know, I kind of wanted to build some some online presence in that kind of thing and it gave me a goal. You know, gave me something to do every week and it gave me a deadline and it gave me an excuse to work on new material, because a lot of the stuff that I did for those videos wasn't anything that was in my standard repertoire. It was something that, you know, I would film, edit, post and then I'd pretty much get right back onto okay, what am I going to do next week? And it always gave me something the kind of drive for and gave me a reason to, you know, come up with new material and new ways of doing things and and some of the stuff, you know, add it into my my working repertoire. Some of it was. I did it for the video and that was that was it. But just, yeah, I came about to give me a deadline, but it's it was really beneficial. I did it. I did it every week for two years. So they're a hundred and four trick of the week videos and now I still post stuff randomly, but I don't do you know, do it weekly. My goal was to do it for one year and then I before I knew it, I you know,...

I'd done like fifty seven of them and I'm like, well, I'll do it a little longer, I'll do it another six months, and then I was like I have gone this far. But it does, it does become more and more difficult every week coming up with something, you know, new to do for it. But they build a help me build an online presence. If someone wants to hire me for something, they can go on and you know, I have a hunt, you know, over a hundred videos on there of just of different things, so they can get an idea of what, you know, what they're paying for, I guess. So that's really cool. You know, nowadays that you mentioned earlier, people are all about like the demo reels and sending in the tapes out. So, you know, every once in a while it's good to have just have some pad, just some extra stuff you can throw in if you find yourself short on footage. Right. And I I also I had people that, you know, my demo reels and sizzle reels and everything. They're out there and they're on my website and they're on youtube and all that kind of stuff on facebook, but there are, you know, I had people that would call me to book me for shows that they didn't never say they didn't see my demo real at least not at first. They you know, we're browsing through youtube or whatever and one of my videos would pop up and they'd watch it and then start watching, you know, more and more videos and then all of a sudden, you know, they realize how many are there. So they end up, you know, end up actually turning into booking so to find line, because it's like put you know, putting out a lot of free content can be a double edged sword. You know, sometimes if you're doing too much for free, than people don't have any reason to pay for it. You know, you look at or they look at you funny like, what do you mean? I got to pay for this now, done real exactly? Yeah, you did all this for free. Why do I have to pay? It's as a comedian, I get it. It's you gotta pay. You to go up on stage. Be Nice. I mean, yeah, be nice when. Yeah, but you know, with you know your miss we didn't mention know right now, with with the covid situation and everything, you know, booking gigs, finding work when you do that kind of thing for a living, increasingly difficult. Have you been, I mean, how you been dealing with all that so far? I think I've been dealing with it pretty well, but it's not, it's definitely not a great situation. I had, you know, tens of thousands of dollars worth of work fall out on me. I mean some of it. Hopefully we'll reschedule, but it's all the stuff that didn't cancel is now like a tbd, you know, for a makeup date for it. Just before all this happened, back in November of two thousand and nineteen, I started working on cruise ships. So, wow, I got yeah, so I performed on I performed seven cruise ship contracts between November and the middle of March, and and I had more booked and then obviously, with everything canceling, you know, cruises ended up canceling all together and the ships are, you know, we're just they sent all the if they were not essential people, they sent them all home and obviously weren't having passengers or anything like that. So and that's still, you know, just like everything else, that that hasn't come back, and I mean they're they're saying August of this year that it will, but I mean it, that's just kind of a speculation that that may not end up happening. It's just kind of only time will tell. I mean a cruise ship in the states was kind of the what kind of got this whole thing started in the first place when we had that that one in the news. That was doc for like two weeks or something like that, right, and they weren't letting anyone off. And Yeah, yeah, they had they had tons of ships, you know, hundreds of ships were just kind of either in a port or just anchored out at sea, you know, with a skeleton crew on them. And you know, some of them are still like that. A lot of them are down in the Bahamas and then some of them went to you know, they set them over to Europe and that kind of thing. So it's a crazy situation and just even the...

...even the short amount of time that I did it, I got to know a lot of people and other entertainers and, you know, just crew members, and you know, I'm friends with them on facebook and instagram and that kind of thing. And, you know, I know people that are currently still trapped on ships. You know, they're they're not getting paid, you know, nothing, and they're they're pretty much it's like being in prison. They have to stay in their cabin. Yeah, you know, so very sad. I hope that. You know, that's definitely in industry that I think will it'll come back, but it might be a little longer for that to bounce back them. You know, been everything else, but it's definitely it's one of my favorite markets that I that I've performed in, because I do I do comedy clubs, you know, corporate and private events and then, you know and ships, and out of those, you know, the ships are are a lot of fun to do. And Hey, guys, this is Mike Shay and I want to talk to you about anchor. Yes, anchor is the brand new free way for you to get your podcast career off and running without any cost to you. Simply download the anchor APP or go to Anchor Dot FM to get started. Anger is the easiest way to make a podcast. To give you everything you need in one place for free. You can use it right from your phone or your computer. Their creation tools allow you to record and edit your podcast so it sounds tolay magnefeek without having to worry about all the costly set up. They'll even distribute your podcast for you so it can be heard everywhere. spotify, apple podcast, Google podcast, stitcher. All of that, and you can easily make money from your podcast with no minimum listenership. They sent you up with awesome sponsors. All you got to do is record a script kind of like what I'm doing now, throw it onto your show and start making money once again. Download the anchor APP or, go to anchor DOT FM and get your podcast career off and running right now. Just do it already. You know, I was doing fly on performances, so it's not like I'm I don't live on the ship or something like that. I just I go on and I do my shows and I leave. So the most I was ever on a ship was six days, okay, and and that was doing. I actually did two contracts. I did rather than me getting on when the passengers get on, I got on on like their third port, like their third stop of a seven day cruise. So I'd be on like the last three days of one cruise and then the passengers would get off, a new passengers would get on and then I would do the first three days of the second crew. So it was like, you know, I got on and the Bahamas and it went to New Orleans and then new New Orleans to Jamaica and I got off in Jamaica and and flew home. So it's like so I've been a lot of really cool places because of the cruise ships. Now, unfortunately, a lot of times it's just the airport. Right, technically I've been to Jamaica now, but I've been to I've been to the cruise ship port, I've been in a cab on the from the crucial part of the airport and I've been in the airport. So that's that's about how to hit. That's that's still the like just just to say that you've done that and like, I'm terrified a boats. You'll never see me on a cruise ship ever, ever, never going to happen, but now it's now. I don't like flying on I don't like boats. Flying I'll do if I have to. I prefer to drive. Man and every everyone always says like, Oh, you're more lately to have a car wrecked that a plane, right. It's like yeah, but I'm also more likely to walk away from the car wreck than the play rex. That's true. I will tell you. If you don't like flying and don't like boats, cruise ships are definitely not in your future then, because from from November to the end of February, I flew thirty twozero miles. Goody, LR's just just working ships. Only do you reck the frequent flyer miles? I do. Yeah, they pay. That's...

...that's the cool thing. It's like it's like a they buy, I fly and I get to keep the miles. So so cool. Yeah, so that's a that's a good that's a good thing. Now what I will say is the downside to it is not booking your own travel. All the cruise lines they'll do, you know, if they can save twelve dollars and send you, you know, six hundred miles out of the way and have an extra layover. They will do that. So that's that's I'm not complaining, because I do rack up the miles in the segments for doing all that, but it's that is one of those things. It's like yet let's that, and they're like there's an old song. Is like went from Phoenix, Arizona, all the way to to Kombi, to coma, you know, and like all this, like you know. It was like, wait a second, we went here to hear, to hear, to hear, to get to hear. I don't I've had that. I've had that. I was when I was still living down south. I was flying up here to Dayton to visit my family and I flew from Columbia, South Carolina, to Detroit, Michigan, so I passed Dayton. They come back down and what was funny was the plane that took me from Detroit to Dayton, by far the shorter leg of the flight, was twice the size of the plane that took me from Columbia to Detroit, which was like it was like, so how come the shorter trip gets the bigger plane? Right, because because in my fear of flight, my thought was, but the bigger plane has more gas. I won't go right right. Yeah, it is weird. Now you said you say Detroit. So with I'm I've gotten pretty good at this because I've flown like all the airlines. So we when people start telling me where they make connections, I like to guess what airline they were on. So I'm going to guess, and I'm not one hundred percent, but it sounds like you were on Delta. I'm always on Delta. Okay, there you go. It's not it's not a preference, it's just when it comes to booking my flights, I always seem to wind up on it was getting the this is not an ad trust me, I'm not right, but I always to see to wind up getting the better sponsor in your show. Unless you guys want to, I will. I will get over my fear of flying. Right the hell. Now you can start doing your podcast on a plane, please. If they if they book you and your guests on the flight hire, then you just see the podcast on the plane. Step aside. Joe Rogan. Yeah, yeah, as I always but yes, it was delta. I always just seem to wind up on Delta for some reason. I don't do it on purpose. It's just a shop and I shop. And in terms of because I want to. I want his few layovers as possible because they stress me out. And just remember one time, so that that exact same trip, when I flew out of Dayton to go back home, I'd never heard of the honor flight before because I didn't live around here. I didn't know that was a thing. Yeah, and I wound up on the same plane as the honor flight. Well, it turns out that a girl I currently work with at my at my job right now, that was her first year working the honor flight. So she and I were on the same plane together seven years before we ever actually met each other. Oh Wow, it was was, which was cool to find out, but it was also weird to get off in Baltimore at the layover and I they let us off the plane first and I walk out the door and there's this this huge parade of people in uniforms of plotting because they thought I was with the honor flight. And then they stopped and I was really confused. Yeah, they like and they had a bad I was everything it. But then I also I still had to walk through that tunnel of people who were sitting there thinking they were supposed to be saluting me at first and I was like that's a sign. Did they do the thing where they spray the plane with the WAT like when? Yeah, and they like arch the Wat, arch the water and stuff like that. Yeah, that's I was so confused. Like, can you imagine if that's the first time you ever flew on a plane and that's what you expected every type like people? I know what's you got any horror stories, like just just where everything like as far as the traveling...

...goes, like, you know, just everything that could have gone wrong went wrong? Well, I think the bird thing, bird damning, the birthdays, that's I don't know. I you know, I just anyone that travels a lot has has weird things that happened. I've had them several times where I'm mid flight and it doesn't look like I'm going to make my connection, so they automatically reschedule my flight and Strand me in an airport for, you know, eight hours or whatever. So that kind of stuff happens. As far as on stage, Horror Story, Oh, yeah, yeah, I so. I told you I used to do the stuff where he saw on the lady in half and the bigger. Yeah, I like that. I actually I actually have a garage full of limbs of all that tod but I had I had a thing that's like picture of box that suspended on a tabletop that's on wheels. Let me trying to think of something a frame of reference for. Basically, picture like a mini fridge, like a college bridge turned on its side. It's okay, size of this box and then it's like on a table. Yeah, and ideal was that this box gets rolled out and I have a feather boa and I tossed the feather boa inside of the box. The front of its open. They can see into it and then a flash of fire and sparks goes off and I lift the lid off and all four walls of the box fall and my assistant is there wearing the feather boat. That's how it's supposed to go, as it's the stagehand is rolling the box out on stage. One of the legs buckles and the box flips over and it just so happened to flip onto the side that the switch that sets the Piro off is on. So now it falls and then ignites the Piro and the Piro was set to just kind of go off at the bottom of the box and it just kind of showers sparks in a pup of the sparks go to the floor of PUPPA, smoke goes up. Okay, instead of that happening, imagine it laying on its back and it's shooting straight up into the air. Own trussed over the stage hand shoulder. And then the not like a big fire, but the box is now on fire. At the same time. Keep in mind, I hate to burst anyone's bubble, magic isn't real. She's hidden away inside of the box somewhere. I mean, it's very it's very good, it's very deceptive, but when the box falls, the assistant is now like tumbling across the state. Oh, and so the box has a little fire going on on top of it. The stage hand about lost his head with the ball of sparks and fire. The boxes laying on the ground. She's over there and my assistant had she had been grew up in a magic family and I wasn't the first magician that she worked with before and she was a true professional. So during this, what does she do? She stands up and goes Tut arms in the air and the audience starts a plotting and you can kind of look out and on their face they have this look like that was weird, but they're and and then yeah, and then I didn't even acknowledge it. I just we rolled on, move on, and just moved on. And it's really weird. The peeple other people that were on the show, in the stage hands, no one said anything. We did a meat and greed after the show. No one mentioned it. So I'm either they just didn't want to embarrass me or we played it off really well. I'd like to think we just played it off so well that they forgot about it, but I don't know. That's that's one of those. That's an old school theater role. Man. You mess up on stage, you make it look like it's on purpose and you just you just move on. An absolutely ship will. The ship will write itself eventually, and can Kudos to her for being for being a an ultimate professional. I would have absolutely, yeah, I would have. I would...

...have just, you know, been like, all right, shows ever were done. It's just fun. Yeah, that's it. That's again. That's that comedian mentality. If you like, you're on stage or set's not going well, all right, think I'm done. I had more. We're just going to we're just going to be done. We're just going to leave it. I was hoping for a better, a stronger finish than that. I had fun. Have five minutes. I'm going to use three. It's fine. Yeah. So, you know, right now, you know, like we're recording this via zoom, like. Have you considered, like in the off time, especially right now, like maybe like doing like some like some like some web magic shows or something like that? Or Yeah, I've done I've done a few, you know, virtual shows and then I've, you know, done some kind of interview based stuff where I'll perform some magic on on some shows like that. But I actually today, I for for July, I booked a couple of you know, zoom shows. That cool, you know. So, so I'm doing that. It's it's definitely nice to have the option to do that, but it is not my favorite way. I mean, you know, as a performer, we feed off the reaction of the crowd. Yeah, if someone has to UN mute their mic to laugh or clap, it's not really you know today, you know, three, two, one, oh, yeah, right, it's kind of that makes it a little bit different, but it is certainly better than than nothing at all. But don't start stuff is starting open back up, slowly, but sure. Yea. And some, some comedy clubs, I think they're actually opening up. Some of them are opening up a little sooner than I expect. that. I'm not I'm not saying they're opening up too early. I'm just saying earlier than I personally expected that to happen. That, but I think the while he's is opening up this weekend. Oh are they? Yeah, they're doing shows that Mike Wells booked, booked, booked up some shows, I think. I think every I think it's I think it's one on Friday to on Saturday and one on Sunday. Okay, yeah, is this Sunday and actual one of the shows? Are they doing? The Sunday comics? I fund. I think Sunday is just one of the actual shows. I think they're doing it as the whole weekend thing to kick the weekend off and then I think they're going to be because then next weekend or the weekend after they're doing the fireworks. There's their Karen's Karen still trying to get to make the fireworks competition happen. So they're doing it right at the end of June rather than in July, I guess, just to try and get it in and get it done, because they're trying to get the staff paid. Is What it is. Okay, yeah, that makes sense. Yeah, because anyone that that's listening to this and goes make sure to tip the staff because they haven't been working for a couple of months. Yea. And what's a bummer too, is a most of them that's a part time job. So I don't think they were. I don't know what went on, because I know they did some changes to like the unemployment qualifications, but I don't know if they were able to claim. So I got you. So go to while he's this weekend, guys, and pay, pay lots of money and by beer and and to yeah, absolutely, while we you know, we're getting we're getting towards towards wrapping up here, just just to you know, get the superficial questions out of the way. Do you have like like the favorite trick or favorite illusion you've done? One of my favorite things that I do, and it's kind of been a staple for me for about fifteen years now, is the cut and restored rope and Oh yes, that it's a really fun thing to do. It's something that I have done so long and kind of develop my own nuances for it and that kind of thing. It's something that I can do, not, I won't say, I won't say on the autopilot, but it's something that I can do and it's a great gage for the of the audience for me, okay, because I can I can say, okay, well, they reacted well to this line, this joke, whatever, and then, you know, from there I can easily say, okay, well, that means that this thing that I...

...have in five minutes will probably work or it may not work, because if they didn't like that, they're certainly not going to like this. And it's just kind of like a barometer of the of the room for me. Is I can I can feel out the crowd and then I'm also I'm using that time. I that's something that's going to be really rough for for magicians in general when show start coming back. Is a you know, a lot of US use audience participation. Yeah, and you know, bringing someone up on stage is, you know, that's one of the things I've been doing during all of this shutdown is coming up and kind of reworking my show in a way that I can do it that doesn't rely on having audience participation, because you know, that isn't going to be something that I think I can do right away. But you know, in the past I kind of use that as a thing. That's like if I see a guy sitting there with his arms crossed like this and you know he's probably not a going to be a good person for me to bring up on stage. So but if I see someone that's over their laugh and then having a great time, and you know they may be a great person to bring up. So I'm kind of evaluating. You know, they're they're judging me, but I'm judging them to and right, you know, like kind of figuring out who, you know, who would work for what and that kind of thing. So West kind of the old adage. You know if you sitting, if you're sitting in the front row at either a comedy show or a magic show, you're going to get messed with like like right, it's like being in the splash zone at sea world, like it's gonna Happen. Yeah, that's great. Well, Matt Mat appreciate you coming on the show. So we're where can the people? where? Can the people find you online? Where can they find your stuff, like we're if they want to know more about you. Okay, yeah, I'm on. My website. Is just it's easy. It's Matt Stanleycom to teas and Matt and then I'm on all social media. I am at m DS comedy magic. So, yeah, I didn't we didn't touch on this. So the earlier and earlier in the year. So for like the last fifteen or so years I've gone by Matthew David Stanley, my full name. Oh, that's true. Yeah, yeah, so I back in January I had a guy that I really look up to in the entertainment business, and guy named Gene Anderson, okay, and he pulled me off to the side and, like he said, I'm worried about you and like had an intervention. I thought he was going to be like, Oh, I think you're drinking too much or something, you know, something like that. You Suck, can't give up now. Yeah, he's like, but you know, he's like I he's aid. I've known you almost twenty years and sometimes I, you know, can't remember if it's David Matthew Stanley, Matthew David Stanley, if it's Michael David Stanley. You know, I got all that. I got checks written to Michael David Stanley more times than I can as often enough that, you know, before mobile deposit, I had to take it to the bank and they would accept it because it happened often enough that they knew, Oh wow, it was legit. So so yeah, so I went through a full rebrand and just cut it down to Matt Stanley and I thought about do I want to just be Matthew Stanley, and I was like yeah, I'm Matthew Stanley. Sounds like an attorney or an account or something, and and Matthew David Stanley does sound a little pretentious. So I was like, Matt Stanley sounds like a fun guy, sounds like your neighbor, sounds like, you know, a guy that you party with or whatever. So and I think it's, you know, hopefully easier for people to remember, because nothing kills the the energy when you're about to walk on stage and someone goes please, welcome to the stage, Michael Stanley, and it's like well, that's here, your one third. There were third of the name was correct. You know, I for some reason have trouble getting people to say my last name. Rights all times I get what was is Mike. Now, don't don't do the don't do the then you just then, yeah, you lose it. Yeah, you know that it's going to be. was like Dave Chappelle on his inside the actor studio interview. The first time he went on stage. They were like, you know, got a new comic coming up to stage. This is this first time. You...

...may be witnessing history. Please welcome to the stage. They've Capalli. I do remember that. Yeah, those of US cursed with unusual names. But yeah, yeah, I had noticed that. I feel I wasn't sure if there was a story behind I've rebranded my shit so many times nowadays it's like, yeah, I don't even notice that. I wouldn't people to do it. Nowadays I don't even notice it. It doesn't strike me as odd. And it used to be be like he's going by a different name now. Did he get sued? Somebody come after because I have that problem because I used to go by Michael Shay, but now there's Michael Shay who writes for and is on SNL. Oh. Yeah, so, so I had a lot of people who were telling me they would go search for my stuff on Youtube and they would just see this fucking guy and I'm like, well, that's a problem. I don't know how to work her different these. Yeah, well, you know, for some people the camera as ten pounds, for me it's attracts about a hundred pounds and changes my ethnicity. But I don't know how to work around that. Just fucking the old thing, I guess. But yeah, yeah, that's that's funny. I I always say it's like, you know, Matthew David Stanley. So now it's just Matt Stanley. I removed the Hugh David. So I think that that like might be an alter ego that like. I like Hugh David is like a character that I can do that he'll say like offensive shit that Stanley would never say. I love that. It's just just you with like a mole, just put like a mole on your cheek and it's like the evil see Hugh David. It could be me. It might be I cut to a year from now, like trying to Larry the cable guy. You Do Hugh David as a character and it becomes even more successful than Matt Stanley. Now you're stuck with it. Yeah, exactly. That's great, man. Well, thank you. It's good to talk to you, it's good to see you. It's good. I'm glad to see you're doing well and and and and working hard, as best you can admit, among these strange, unusual times we're living in. Man, it's yeah, just absolutely know. You do what you can, but, guys, make sure you check out Matt Stanley on all the social medias. Go to Matt Stanleycom, get into their book him for a Zoom Magic shows. See how it goes. Yeah, man, good to good to see again. Man, thank you so much for coming on the show. Really appreciate you to thank you for having me, Mike. I appreciate a man, of course, man, it's guys. Make sure you check that out. And that's going to do it for this week's episode. Will be back again next week with the new new interview, new guest, new show. And until then, as always, folks, live well, rock on, take care and Bub bye.

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