While every comedian dreams about releasing an album or a special of their best material, the trade-off is that it forces them to retire those jokes from their set. While this isn't a big deal for headliners who have hours' worth of material, for up-and-coming comedians who are still developing an act it can be a problem.
Corey Adam ran into this challenge last year when he approached local comedy powerhouse Stand Up! Records about possibly putting out an album.
"They told me that I wasn't ready to put out an album, and they were right," he recalls. "I've got probably 45 minutes of really good material, but not enough for a really quality album. I'm glad they said that, because I really don't want to put out something that isn't the best it can possibly be."
Still, Adam, who has been an active part of the Twin Cities comedy scene since 2008, was looking for a way to supplement his gigs on the road. That's when inspiration struck.