A message from Victor Cruz:
On October 23, 2010 I will be recording my first live stand-up comedy album. This album will be a dual disc set with a CD and DVD. It will also be available at online stores such as iTunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, and Amazon. But in order to replicate, package, and distribute this album I need your financial support.
Ever since I was a little boy I was influenced by comedians such as Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Martin Lawrence. I began performing stand-up comedy at the age of 16 at a place called the Boston Comedy Club in New York City. At the club I was surrounded by comedians like Dave Chappelle, Tracey Morgan and Jeff Ross. It was then that my journey began as a stand-up comic. I have been fortunate and have had the opportunity to perform at clubs and colleges across the nation. Places such as Carolines, Comic Strip Live!, The Gotham Comedy Club, Charlie Goodnights in North Carolina, The Hollywood Improv and the Icehouse in Pasadena. During this journey and still on this journey I continue to learn more about myself as a comedian and how to connect with audiences from all over the world. I look forward to what is ahead.
I think it’s every comedians dream to have a comedy album. I know it has always been a dream of mine. I grew up listening to funny tapes, records, and CDs. CDs were everything to me and my buddies in high school. It’s what kept us occupied and laughing while our streets were ruled by drugs and violence. We used to listen to Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, Adam Sandler, and The Jerky Boys. If you had a Jerky Boys album you were the man. My comedy is based on characters in my family, observational stuff, cartoons, video games and some political things here and there. The album is a two disc set with a CD and DVD. Spanish Harlem (El Barrio) is my home and this is where I must record the album. These are my people and my supporters. There’s no place like it. The album cover is being created by Spanish Harlem’s own Clemente Flores who has a done an amazing job in preserving the culture in East Harlem through his paintings. The photography and album design will be created by Hector Luis, a good childhood friend of mine who also lives in Spanish Harlem (El Barrio). And lastly, the album is being recorded at a beautiful place known as the FB Lounge right in the heart of El Barrio. FB Lounge was built and set up for live performances while family and friends enjoy delicious Puerto Rican dishes. FB Lounge specializes in live performances of Salsa and Latin Jazz. I believe that the taping that night will be the first live stand-up comedy event that FB has ever had. I have to thank Bobby and Jorge Ayala who have made all of this possible, by allowing me to play and record this album in their house. VICTOR CRUZ LIVE! in EL BARRIO.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
So here is how you can help. By funding this project VICTOR CRUZ LIVE! in EL BARRO, the album can be replicated, fully packaged, distributed, and made available online at stores like iTunes, CD Baby, Rhapsody, Amazon and 16 other online stores. There are already 2 stores in New York City that are ready to receive the album with open arms as soon as it is ready. This of course can only be done with your help and the best part about it is that you’ll receive perks for funding this project. The perks are listed below:
PERK #1 – IF YOU GIVE $25
You will receive a copy of VICTOR CRUZ LIVE! in EL BARRIO album + a THANK YOU NOTE inside of the Album booklet
PERK #2 – IF YOU GIVE $50
All of the above + 2 FREE TICKETS to a future comedy show
PERK #3 – IF YOU GIVE $100
All of the above (the album will also be autographed) + 4 FREE TICKETS to a future comedy show
PERK #4 – IF YOU GIVE $250
All of the above (the album will also be autographed) + I will perform at your next job Holiday Party or your next Birthday Party or Corporate Event
Note: If outside of the tri-state area, you must provide travel and hotel
Your donation will help cover the cost of the following:
Mastering of Sound
Creation of the album cover
1,000 CDs with DVDs in Double Jewel Cases
- Graphic Design
- CD with Full Color 200 Line Screen
- Poly Wrap
- Full Color on all panels
- Spine Label
- UPC Code DM Supplied
- DVD with Full Color 200 Line Screen
Jewel Case Sleeve
Sound Scan Registration
Spine Label and Set up Charge
MEGA Distribution Bundle – Includes registration, uploading, and shipping (If needed) for: CD BABY, iTunes (Through CD Baby), CDDB and Allmusic, and Digstation.
If you are not able to help financially, you can help by spreading the word to your friends and family.
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