Thanks for visiting the home of Celery Sound Records, an independent comedy record label from the host of the Comedy on Vinyl podcast.
We spent way too much time making sure this site tells you everything you need to know about us, so I don’t want to repeat things too much in blog form, but here’s to a 90s-style “Welcome To Our Home On the Web!” that should be accompanied by a sparkling starfield GIF.
We’re going to specialize in sketch comedy, which means our releases will be infrequent, as good audio sketch albums take a good deal of time to get right. This means we’re also open to other forms, including stand-up, if the comedy itself meets our standards – meaning that the artist has clearly put some thought into their work beyond what makes one room laugh. We like stuff that isn’t bigoted, which we don’t think is too much to ask. It’s all up to interpretation, for sure, but we like nice people.
As for this image, please disregard it as a flight of fancy on my part, as I enjoy mocking up fake comedy album covers. I’m also not saying this one won’t ever exist, in some form.
I’m very proud that so much has happened through this website, especially since it originally started as a place for me to put my writing and resume. I wanted it to be a gathering place for young filmmakers, but it ended up being a place where my collaborations could find an online home when they didn’t get sold to someone.
The thing I’m most thankful for, though, is that I’ve lucked into a group of writers, actors, directors and producers who have given of their time to help me get my dream projects done. When I say “given,” I really mean that. Our early projects, and a lot of them still, depend on collaborating for free to get stuff made. This includes guys like Ray Nowosielski, Ryan Penington and Damien Salimeno shooting Lords of Soaptown for free. This includes my actors, writers and directors, like Rachel Lynn, Scott Pettis, Chad Newman, Doug Wilkinson-Gray, Matt Saxe, TJ Cencula, Laura Napoli, Dan Gomiller, Allen Rueckert, Jeremy Guskin and a ton of other people who helped me struggle through figuring out the original Looking Forward for EIGHT YEARS. This includes everyone who has put together a podcast and then let me distribute their shows, like Ari Jarvis, Dan Gomiller, Mike Worden, Richard Stroffolino, Matt Saxe and Levi Weinhagen, all of whom have at one time or another put their shows under the StolenDress banner. It includes my wife, Jen, who edited my latest book, Post-Modem. Anyone who helped me shoot our first webseries, InformNation, or the short film CSI: LA, or the pilot pieces for Dan and Jay’s Community Service, or Conan O’Brien’s Romance-A-Tee, or Ho! Christmas Tree or The Million McFly March. My amazing improviser/actor/producers who are creating individual blogs for Looking Forward: 2016 are geniuses, in no small measure.
I have lucked into knowing a lot of brilliant people who I hope know that I love them and appreciate that they do such amazing hard work for me, often with less guidance than I should provide. Thank you to everyone who trusts me enough to give me their time and their immense talent.
And dammit, Chad Newman, why did you propose that I buy this URL for no reason other than a whim, and why did I stick with it?
– Jason Klamm
The trailer for Looking Forward: 2016, because it makes me happy:
Week 6 features an update from Kyle Frank, the guy who used to own all of the footage that became Looking Forward, as well as Jason’s former campaign manager, L.B. Barker talking about his men’s rights organization, “Men On Top,” and wraps up with some more leaked footage of the Klamm campaign’s intern interview process, resulting in what might be their first actual hire. Also, our first trailer!
We wrap up the first month of Looking Forward: 2016 with an IT guy in upstate New York pairing beer with soda, some archival campaign footage leaked from an official campaign meeting, and our candidate himself discussing how important his political sabbaticals were over the past 12 years.
The Jason Klamm campaign is heating up. These first two weeks have shown the candidate preparing to find a campaign headquarters, and in other corners of the internet, a group starts to coalesce, even if they don’t yet know it. What do these people have to do with the campaign? Keep watching and stay subscribed to find out.
In 2012, we released the feature film Looking Forward for free, on YouTube. It took eight years to complete, and by 2012, there was more than enough footage to finally put together the story of my fictional alter ego of the same name, preparing for his run for the presidency for 2020 (and 2016). You can still watch the film for free, below.
Now, in 2016, the first campaign-eligible year of his campaign (almost, he’s eligible in July), the fictional Jason Klamm’s story continues. Only this time, it isn’t being told in a traditional way. This is the world’s first film sequel to exist as a series of video blogs by over a dozen characters in the world of the campaign. Starting in March, these video blogs will roll out, day by day, beginning with Jason’s first campaign video.
Each weekend, we’ll be posting a re-cap of the video blogs of the week, and you’ll also be able to follow the story in its entirety from the point of view of someone else, watching the campaign a bit too closely, at WatchingForward.worpdress.com.
I was a guest on Brock Wilbur’s awesome “Brock Party” podcast and you can give that shit a listen now. We talk about a little bit of everything, and he was kind enough to let me talk about my silly book, too.