I'm ecstatic to announce that I'll be recording my first live comedy album (under my stage name "Divinity Rose") on August 23, 2013 in front of a live audience in the cozy theater upstairs at the Bard's Town. The highly interactive show will include a variety of musical and comedy guests and is invitation only, although invitations can be easily acquired on a "first come-first serve" basis by visiting my web site and contributing to an online campaign.
I've turned to a popular model for artists, hosting an online fundraising campaign to help cover the costs of the CD production and a small tour afterwards. The campaign is similar to offering "pre-sales". Anyone who contributes to the campaign will receive perks like tickets to the show or a copy of the CD. (People contributing less than $10 will receive invitations but will have to pay at the door.) VIP tables with a pre-show "hangout session" are part of the perk for contributions of $100. Anyone interested enough to donate $1000 or more will receive a private top-notch variety show in a theater for up to 99 people. (Other ranges of perks available.)
In addition to these types of perks, all contributors (starting at $1) will receive access to a "secret garden" on my web site. This is a "members only" area where I will be releasing exclusive photos, jokes, writing, character sketch ups and "behind the scenes" information related to my comedy, writing and video projects. I'm also releasing "one time" perks weekly such as $50 tattoo gift certificates from Xtreme ink and Piercing to the first five who contribute.
There are only five days remaining to contribute and get tickets to this one time event. The campaign will end July 29. The show will start at 7 p.m. on August 23 at the Bard's Town, which is located at 1801 Bardstown Rd. Press, comedians, musicians, and other artists with limited income may ask for free access while seats are available by emailing me at divinityrose at gmail.com
The show will kick off with a slideshow of images by award winning filmmaker and fashion photographer Antonio Pantoja. Other performers include:
Ed Snyder Black: Host of "Comedy Zone" on Crescent Hill Radio, host of "the List" at the Comedy Caravan and stand-up comedian. Previous Co-host and co-producer of "Sub Rosa: The Gypsie Courtyard" and producer of the annual "Funny Ladies of the Ville" show.
Janelle Fitzpatrick: Regional stand-up comedian, host of the "Quad" comedy showcase in Jeffersonville and co-producer / host of the annual "No Balls of Meat" female comedy competition in Louisville.
Janette Perez: Touring stand-up comedian and writer/storyteller. First place winner of 2012 "No Balls of Meat" competition and award winner from multiple writing, comedy, and storytelling competitions.
Sean Smith: Touring stand-up comedian and stand up guy. Winner of 2010 Louisville Improv Comedy Derby contest and was voted the funniest black comedian in Louisville by The Comedy Caravan in 2012. He's also a co-writer for Splakeveli Central; a blog that highlights ridiculous moments in Hip Hop and R&B.
Attack of the Pacifist: A regional musical genius who loops sounds and weaves them with his phenomenal guitar skills. His powerful vocals catch a room and holds attention while his on-stage recording of strange things like "Bongo ball" paddles amuse them and capture their imagination.
Big Poppa Stampley: This musical powerhouse has traveled world wide and played with notables like Jack Black, Queen Latifah, Maya Angelou, Wu Tang Clan, Calypso Rose and many others in addition to appearing on numerous television programs like Oprah. His blend of jazz, Caribbean and blues sounds lend well to his light hearted sense of humor and impressive vocals.
More about Divinity Rose (me):
Rose recently ended a five year run of hosting a successful arts variety showcase in Louisville, Kentucky so that she could pursue her own performance and writing with increased focus. She has since had a short story published in an anthology by Blackwyrm Publishing, won an award for another short, and managed to work her way back into the regional comedy circuit, performing as a touring feature act. She recently won second place in "Lima's Funniest Lady", an event honoring Phyllis Diller, and is in the finals for "Louisville's Funniest Person".
She originally began doing stand-up comedy in New York City and Washington D.C. in 2002 before being cast in a film being made in Louisville, which encouraged her to return to her hometown. As an actress and comedienne, she has shared the stage or screen with notables like Lisa Lampanelli, Nora Dunn, Esteban Powell, Morgan Nagler, Al Snow, and Dinky Gowen. She is currently focused on increasing her comedic material to allow her to travel as a headline performer.
Her act consists of observational humor in addition to riffs on being a “Ginger” and geeky single mother struggling with ADHD. Her comedic writing talent is matched with a strong stage presence. She has uploaded some of her stand- up comedy to her YouTube channel, which can be accessed (along with all of her social media) from her website at www.divinityrose.com