Happy New Year!!!

I'm Wes Hazard, a Boston-based stand-up comic, storyteller, & writer. I figured I'd remind you as there's a chance you may have forgotten. My bad there. I created this mailing list more than 2 years ago and this is the very first message I've ever sent out. I suppose a welcome is order...

And thanks so much for being interested. Really.

As part of my plans for being ever more productive in 2016 I've decided to begin using this list more regularly to share news about upcoming shows and projects. Don't worry, I'll never go overboard and start endlessly spamming you, but this is a great way for me to let you know about things that I'm excited about and which I think you'll truly be interested in. 

Today I'd just like to share a few highlights from the past year as well as some fun stuff for the first part 2016. This will probably be the longest message I ever send you, but I have a lot to catch up on, so here we go!
2015 Highlights
It was another great year for comedy and a pretty big leap for what I was able to accomplish in storytelling. Some of the best stuff:

I took 3rd place at Massmouth's Big MouthOff competition in April. Massmouth is an amazing local storytelling organization that I've been fortunate enough to work with for a while now. The Big MouthOff is their annual finals competition where the storytellers who have won individual slams and who've advanced through the semi-final rounds go head to head at The Coolidge Corner Theater. It was a great evening and kind of a trip to perform on the stage where I've seen countless films since moving to Boston for college way back in the day.
I participated in The Moth's area GrandSLAM. That was pretty awesome. The Moth is pretty much the biggest name in the storytelling game on a national level with millions of subscribers to their weekly podcast and consistenly sold out shows all over the world. I won 2 of their local StorySLAMs in 2014 which made me eligible to compete in August at the Somerville Theater. Very much hoping to return next year if possible.
This is me on The Moth's StorySLAM stage telling a story about a doll, my mom, movies, the holidays, and one of the most terrifying moments of my childhood. It was actually recorded in October 2014 but it helped get me to the GrandSLAM and I think it really fits this time of year.
I took over monthly hosting duties full time for The Big Quiz Thing @ Oberon. It's the Boston area's best live trivia event with custom questions and ridiculous production values. I've been side-kicking on the show for years now but now I don the sacred spangled jacket of a true host. (Pssst: We're back next week 1/4/16, 8pm)
Truth be told, I don’t know that much about his politics. But I got to open for him on a church lawn during maybe the most physically demanding gig I’ve ever done (30 mins, 85 degrees, full on direct sunlight, zero shade cover) and he was kind enough to teach me how to do the Cupid Shuffle after. Also, it’s hard not to feel an affinity for another brother whose name invariably gets commented on when meeting people for the first time. Great working with Boston City Councilman Tito Jackson this summer at JP Porchfest 2015.
I cannot draw. Like, AT ALL. But I somehow got invited to be part of a comedic drawing competition at Boston Comic Con in August. I got paired up with an actual comic book illustrator and well...this happened. 

For once my total lack of talent actually worked out for me, sort of.
And finally, without doubt my most random 2015 "Highlight":

I’ve been doing comedy more than ten years now. I’m having more fun than I’ve ever had with it and while getting better is a never-ending process I’m really happy with where I am with my craft. That said, I’m about a million miles away from a TV credit or any fanbase to speak of. So when I get an email asking if I want to be featured on a gay blog about sexy men who wear prescription eyeglasses (“Spexy” men if you will) yeah…I’m gonna take it. I need all the exposure I can get. I will be talking about this on stage.

Check out the blog: Spexy and He Knows It
Looking Ahead: 2016

In the coming year I look forward to working harder and doing more than I ever have before. I have some larger-scale projects boiling and I can't wait to share them with you when the time is right. 

The best place to check in regularly on where to see me is the shows page on my website where I have the full rundown of upcoming events. But here are some dates I'm really excited about:
Fri, 1/16/15
I'm producing a show at Arisia, the amazing alternative sci-fi & fantasy convention. It will feature a hand-picked roster of some of the funniest comics in Boston letting their geek flags fly and I'll be capping it with a presentation on some of the craziest things I've found in my comic book travels. 10pm

Tues, 2/10/16 + Sat, 2/27/16
Pecha Kucha Gonna Getcha. I'm doing a comedic take on the Pecha Kucha presentation format where you talk on a theme backed by 20 image slides each shown for 20 seconds. Each night I'll do 3 rapid fire presentations on 3 different topics. Confirmed subjects so far include the Battle of Bunker Hill & The "Leprechaun" films of Warwick Davis. Improv Boston.

Thurs, 2/18/16
For the Love of Words - Poetry Feature. It's been a minute since I gave a public poetry reading. I'm taking over the feature spot on this excellent series this coming February. hard at work on some new material. Should be a blast. Easton Community Studios.

Weds, 2/24/16
It's kind of insane that at this point in my life I've never actually held a microphone in NYC, the world capital of stand-up comedy. Time to fix that! I'm very much looking forward to my first ever New York show at Piano's. 7p.

Tues, 4/12/16
MassMouth 2016 Big MouthOff semi-finals "Damage Control". The next step toward my goal of making the Massmouth season finals once again. I'll be competing against some really talented storytellers for a chance to head to the big dance. Trident Booksellers & Cafe.
Thanks so much and I wish all of you the absolute best in 2016!
Copyright © 2015 Wes Hazard -- Comic. Poet. Performer., All rights reserved.

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