The ways in which comedy nerds can show their appreciation for the artists they love are a bit limited. Obviously, you can show up to your fave comedians’ live shows; these days you could probably also donate some money to their podcast/indie radio show or leave a supportive comment on their latest viral video attempt or maybe even shoot off a kindly-worded e-mail.
Comedy super fan Patrick Roddy had another idea. He decided to start making light boxes adorned with the images of his favorite performers. “I was bored and wanted a hobby,” Patrick tells Punchline Magazine.
The 29-year-old Los Angeles area resident has a full time job working with sheet metal; so this was really his first foray into woodworking or anything even slightly artistic. So why light boxes?
Roddy tells us that he had created an attention-grabbing name tag for a friend to wear to a Doug Loves Movies podcast taping. If you know anything about Doug’s show, during it the comedian hosts a movie trivia game, wherein his comedian and celebrity guests compete on behalf of audience members of their choosing. So, Doug encourages his audience to wear name tags. Enter Patrick’s wood-and-lighted name tag; Christopher Mintz-Plasse (yes, McLovin) ended up choosing Patrick’s friend to play for.
And a hobby was born. Currently, only Patrick’s Marc Maron light box is up for sale.
As of this writing it’s bid price is at $60 on eBay; 20 percent of the final sale will go to Maron’s podcast WTF, which Patrick is a huge fan of.
Patrick’s other light boxes include images of Paul F. Tompkins, Janeane Garofalo, Doug Benson, Louis C.K., Jimmy Dore, Kyle Kinane, Andy Kindler, Tig Notaro and Brody Stevens– all based on photos from the light box maker himself.
You can see the rest of the light boxes and learn exactly how they were built at Patrick Roddy’s Tumblr, Comedy Light Box.