Quickly rising comedians Kurt Braunohler and Erik Griffin just signed deals to release their first live comedy albums, and both are doing so as two indie music record labels’ first comedians. Braunohler, the host of IFC’s absurd game show Bunk!, will record his debut album for Seattle-based Kill Rock Stars (Sleater-Kinney, Elliot Smith, The Decemberists) over two nights during four free shows in Seattle on Feb. 13 and Portland on Feb. 14. You can get tickets to the Seattle shows (8 and 10 pm) at the Columbia City Theatre by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org ; the Portland show tickets (8 and 10 pm shows at Mississippi Studios) are available through email@example.com.
Griffin, who’s popularity has skyrocketed since landing the role of Montez Walker on Comedy Central’s hit show Workaholics, will release Technical Foul: Volume One, March 12 through indie punk label SideOneDummy Records, who have helped groom bands like Anti-Flag, Flogging Molly and Big D and the Kids Table. Griffin is offering fans tons of bonus material if you pre-order the album.
The pair of signings help confirm a years-long trend, wherein well-established niche music labels are beginning to work with comedians. Brian Posehn has released two albums on Relapse Records, known mostly for their roster of death metal and grindcore acts; in 2011, Doug Stanhope signed to metal label Roadrunner Records; Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson are on Metal Blade’s roster. And Sub Pop, the label who made Nirvana famous, has been doing it longer than any other indie music label. They’ve put out albums, re-issues and special releases from Patton Oswalt, David Cross, Eugene Mirman and Flight of the Conchords.