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Pickstarter Extra: Great Photos Of Great Comedians

Brian usually handles our Pickstarter roundup of worthy groupfunding projects, but I’m going to invade the category temporarily so you can know about one Kickstarter project in particular that’s worth jumping the gun by a few days.

It’s a book of photos of the luminaries of today’s comedy world called “Funny Business,” and it’s by Seth Olenick, a photographer in Brooklyn and friend to many of the folks who make you laugh. It’s going to be a nice big 11″x13″ hardcover coffee table book, 250 pages with about 200 color photos on glossy paper. The Kickstarter is meant to cover the first edition of 1,500 copies, with 250 coming in a special edition slipcase and…

And you can read that stuff at the Kickstarter page. What you want to know is who’s in the book. Here, in the no-particular-order list Seth posted:

Paul Scheer, Scott Aukerman, David Wain, Thomas Lennon, Zach Galifianakis, The State, Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, A.D. Miles, Zak Orth, Elizabeth Banks, Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, Adam McKay, Jon Hamm, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Janeane Garofalo, Andy Dick, David Cross, Megan Mullally, Todd Barry, Jessica St. Clair, Scott Adsit, Marc Maron, Derek Waters, Mike Birbiglia, Wyatt Cenac, Jack McBrayer, Danny Pudi, Donald Glover, Rob Riggle, Aubrey Plaza, Kumail Nanjiani, Greg Proops, Allison Becker, Jim Gaffigan, Rob Schrab, Hannibal Buress, Jane Lynch, Greg Behrendt, Geoffrey Arend, David Koechner, Joe Mande, Larry Wilmore, Charlyne Yi, Martin Starr, Human Giant, Samantha Bee and Jason Jones, Jon Glaser, Maria Bamford, Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh, Nate Corddry, Rob Corddry, Gabe Liedman and Jenny Slate, Eugene Mirman, Ken Jeong and Mike O’Connell, John Oliver, Laura Silverman, Kyle Kinane, John Mulaney, Seth Morris, Larry Murphy, Bobby Lee, Arden Myrin, Matt Braunger, Hard N’ Phirm, Brent Weinbach, Ronna and Beverly, Bill Hader, Arj Barker, Melissa Rauch, Andy Borowitz, Doug Benson, Kristen Schaal, Christian Finnegan, Dave Hill, Reggie Watts, Tig Notaro, Kevin Sussman, Ed Helms, Laura Krafft, Brian Stack, Aafif Mandvi, Paul F. Tompkins, Pete Holmes, Kurt Braunohler, Morgan Murphy, Julian McCullough, Rhys Darby, John Ennis, Josh Fadem, Tim and Eric, Garfunkel and Oates, T.J. Miller, Al Madrigal, Andy Daly, Anthony Jeselnik, Ben Kronberg, Brody Stevens, Chelsea Peretti, Eric Andre, Greg Fitzsimmons, James Adomian, Jessi Klein, John Hodgman, Lance Krall, Nick Kroll, Paul Rust, Samm Levine, Rory Albanese, Seth Herzog, Abby Elliot, Brendon Walsh, Brooke Van Poppellen, Dan Mintz, David Krumholtz, Harris Wittels, Jerry Minor, John Hamburg, John Lutz, Key and Peele, Jonah Ray, Kate Flannery, Leo Allen, Bobby Tisdale, Max Silvestri, Moshe Kasher, Rory Scovel, Sean Patton, Thomas Middleditch… and more.

As the great Zoo With Roy would say, HOLY BUTT.

Yes, you may have noticed a few Nerdist folks in there, like Hard N’Phirm:

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Jonah Ray!:

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Kumail Nanjiani!:

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And so many more Yes, the pictures are great. If you’re a comedy fan, you’re probably already sold. But there’s way more: How about a foreword by John Mulaney? An audio version — yes, of a photo book, meant to be played along with looking at the actual book — by Dave Hill? Even limited edition prints of Elizabeth Banks, Jon Hamm, Jane Lynch, or Patton Oswalt? Disposable cameras filled with pictures taken by Kyle Kinane or John Oliver? Props used by many of the comics? You can get these at various pledge levels, and there are many more pretty outrageous options. But whether you just pledge a dollar to help the cause, or pledge enough to buy the book, or whatever, do pledge. Click here for the Kickstarter page. Pledge. And follow Seth at @setholenick and pass the link along with the hashtag #FunnyBusiness. You have until March 11th, but why wait?

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  1. fred leo says:


  2. I saw this last night. It’s pretty cool. I’m glad to see it posted here!