Winding Down 2013

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2013 was a busy year to say the least. Pretty much non-stop shows since the album hit in March, with some epic festivals - PRB Vegas, Riot Chicago, Fun Fun Fun ATX - adding awesome rimshots along the way. If you made it out to one of the shows, I sincerely thank you. Your time and attention are the most I can ever ask, then it's pretty much up to me not to fuck it up. So thanks for trusting, at least for an hour, that I won't. Those of you that promoted a show, performed as support, or offered hospitality - there is no way I could tour without you. So thanks.

I've got a handful of Texas dates winding down the year through the end of November. I plan to pretty much hibernate in December and January to continue honing new material and recharge my batteries. Even with my current 'pretty reasonable' touring setup, I'm fairly beat. Despite what I'd like to think, in many regards 37 is not the new 25. I don't want to see an airport for at least 8 weeks.

So what's up for 2014? I've decided to not perform on New Year's Eve this year. Not necessarily a resolution, I've just worked it for the last 4 years. The idea of 'truly' having December off is really appealing, so that's my Xmas present...and probably some booze. It's looking like next year will see some international touring, which is waaay overdue. So I'll be dusting off the ol' passport come late spring. More details on that coming soon. I'm stoked by the prospects, and if they work out then May is going to be really busy.

It looks like I'll be doing some Stand Up! Records performances during SXSW, and the Altercation Punk BBQ will be happening again on Saturday March 15th. Other than these gigs I'm planning to keep my SX shows to a minimum. Probably my Austin gigs in general too. You are some of the best crowds ever, but I never want to become 'the local guy' or let you down with re-hashed material. So if there is an Austin show, keep in mind that there probably won't be another one for quite a bit after.

I've learned a lot about the comedy industry this year. Some of it has been eye-opening in a very positive way, and I can honestly say my attitude towards comedy clubs has shifted a bit. Or maybe the business has just shifted over the years. Who knows? Some of it has been a bit disheartening, in regards mainly to how the showbiz machine functions and some of the attitudes it rewards. There are still days when I question whether I want to be a part of it still. But I can't seem to stay away from the stage.

Thanks again for reading. I hope to see you in 2014.

- JT