It would be an understatement to call 2012 a good year for Moshe Kasher**.
First, he’s seen years of hard work pay off in the form of his darkly hilarious memoir Kasher in the Rye: The True Tale of a White Boy from Oakland Who Became a Drug Addict, Criminal, Mental Patient, and Then Turned 16, which will be out in paperback on March 26! Variety picked him as one of 10 comedians to watch; he’s been a high point of Chelsea Lately’s rotating cast of commentators; he’s seen the podcast The Champs he co-hosts with Neal Brennan and DJ Douggpound rise in popularity each week; he’s currently a staff writer on NBC’s freshman show The New Normal (which was recently picked up for a full season) and he’ll be seen on Larry Wilmore’s Showtime comedy special Race, Religion & Sex Nov. 3.
Oh, and today, his brand-spanking new stand-up comedy special Live in Oakland, hit Netflix. Produced by New Wave Entertainment, the folks behind recent specials from Jim Gaffigan, Aziz Ansari and Jim Jefferies, the hour-long slab of twisted observations finds Kasher at the New Parish in front of a hometown crowd. “It was a great night in Oakland,” Kasher tells Laughspin. “The venue was pretty weird and different.”
And not to get all business insider-y on you guys, but the release is yet another telling sign that the comedy world is driving further into a distribution model that gives the artist more control over their product. As Kasher tells us, the Netflix deal he struck sort of split the difference between a purely self-release model a la Louis C.K. and the more traditional television network model comedians.
“With Netflix you don’t have to worry about a network premiere schedule,” Kasher says. “It’s cool that people can just go to Netflix and watch it whenever they want. Also, Netflix made a much more competitive offer. They were really motivated to work with me, which felt nice.”
And it feels nice for true comedy fans to finally have Kasher’s first polished hour of stand-up since his stellar 2009 debut album Everyone You Know is Going to Die and then You Are. So get thee to Netflix and start streaming!
**Duh, we’ve been saying Moshe was destined for big things way back in 2009.