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National Campaign to Promote Comedy as Art

Brown Paper Tickets' Comedy Doer, Julie Seabaugh, Creates www.TheSpitTake.com as Part of a Mission to Elevate Americans' Perception
of Comedy as an Art Form.

March 7, 2014 (Seattle) Many people will go out of their way to see their favorite actor, band or genre of music, but will choose a comedy show based only on which venue is closest. As a Comedy Doer at Brown Paper Tickets, Julie Seabaugh is a professional advocate for the comedy community, on a mission to change the way Americans devour comedy. As part of that mission, Seabaugh samples comedy at festivals around the world. Fed by these experiences, she publishes critical analyses of comedy performances at The Spit Take, a hub for professional, knowledgeable reviews without bias, to provide the context and insight necessary to elevate Americans' perception of comedy as an art form.

"Comedy is an artistic endeavor on par with music, film, literature or visual art," Seabaugh says. "Critical review that provides context and insight can show not only why some comedy is inarguably of higher inherent quality, but why it matters."

Most major newspapers in the U.K. employ a comedy critic, whose work is given the same weight as professional reviewers of music, film, theater, literature, visual art, etc. In the U.S., print comedy coverage tends to be limited to an annual comedy issue, or rote and shallow, in a manner akin to a glorified calendar listing." Very few publications take comedy reviews seriously, and none publish them frequently," explains Seabaugh. "We are doing both."

Unlike many comedy-news websites, the reviews on The Spit Take are contributed by professional journalists, whose bylines have also appeared in outlets including Variety,New York Magazine,GQ,Rolling Stone,The Village Voice, Time Out NY,Las Vegas Weekly,The Denver Post,The Boston Globe and more, and they are all paid for their efforts. "I've always frowned upon the conflict of interest inherent when performers write about other performers," Seabaugh says.

The Spit Take is made possible as a result of Seabaugh's role with Brown Paper Tickets' community advocacy team, The Doers. Doers are professional change-makers, hired by Brown Paper Tickets to "do" what it takes to make a positive, transformational impact in their community, with no metrics for sales of any kind. At the time they are recruited, Doers are asked to create a mission that will have transformational positive impact on their community. They are paid a full-time salary and are backed with a travel budget, fiscal and in-kind support to complete their mission.

"We find talented professionals who are already making a difference in their community or for their cause, and ask them, 'what could you achieve if you didn't have to worry about a living wage?,'" said Steve Butcher, CEO of Brown Paper Tickets. "Being a Doer is a dream job for those who really want to make a positive impact in their community."

Brown Paper Tickets is presenting an Official Comedy Showcase at SXSW, Monday, March 10, called "The Green Room With Paul Provenza." Seabaugh will be at the show, along with nonprofit partner Smile Train. For more information, visit her comedy community page at http://community.brownpapertickets.com/Doers/comedy.html.


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About Brown Paper Tickets (www.BrownPaperTickets.com): Brown Paper Tickets is a socially conscious global leader in online ticketing and event registration services, helping people in 68 countries to plan, promote and sell out events. As a social innovator, the company donates 5 percent to charities with every ticket sold, supports a team of full-time community advocates, called "Doers," and still charges a ticketing fee that is lower than competitors. How do we do it? The dirty little secret in the ticketing industry is that it doesn't cost that much to ticket events. To learn more about the world's only Not-Just-For-Profit ticketing company, visit http://community.brownpapertickets.com/press/.
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