Tuesday, December 1, 2009

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Posted By on Tue, Dec 1, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Would you take cookies from this guy?
  • Would you take cookies from this guy?
Tomorrow night at Liquid, local comedians Gabe Dunn and Ryan Wingfield kick off what Dunn hopes will be a successful foray into the world of booking comedy shows sans agents. He's calling it the Fueled By Desperation Comedy Tour.

In an e-mail, Dunn suggested that the traditional structure within which comics work is exploitative and that they are taken advantage of to an extent "that should be criminal."

"What happened to the good old days when an agent took 20 percent?" Dunn wrote. "Somehow that number has quietly grown like a tumor of greed to an average of 60 to 75 percent. By taking out the booker/agent aspect of the industry's formula, we hope to bring comedy to places that may previously not have been able to afford it."

Dunn, who claims he can make a mean batch of snickerdoodles, definitely has plans for more stops on his tour of desperation. "People are desperate to laugh, we are desperate to make that happen."

Show starts at 8 p.m., cover is $7.

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