Posted in comedy on February 27, 2013

by Klaus Kinski

Funny Business

Finally, a Kickstarter campaign that gets the coveted Klaus Kinski Seal Of Total Approval and Gold Pass! Photographer Seth Olenick has been on the NYC comedy and music scene since 1997 and has amassed a gigantic and truly astounding portfolio of images of comedians, bands, and famous people. The images span a variety of scenarios; some are portraits that make use of props and environment, some are super in-the-moment live shots from shows, and all are masterfully executed and realized.

Although I've never really met him personally, I know Seth as an all-too-familiar face within the comedy scene. A friend to comedians coast to coast, Seth is entrenched in the comedy mix and comedy-related photographs is where he shines the most. Now, finally, some of his finest shots of funny business will be made available to the public (hopefully) in a Taschen-worthy book called Funny Business:

Funny Business is going to be an 11"x13" portrait-oriented, hardcover coffee table book with approximately 250 pages containing 200 full-color photos on glossy paper. This Kickstarter covers the 1st edition run of 1500 copies, 200 of which will come with a hand-printed special edition slipcase. I'm still finalizing the design that will be printed on the slipcases, and hope to unveil it before the end of this campaign. The book designer is Adriana Garcia, a Brooklyn-based graphic designer with years of experience on magazines, and a couple of books under her belt as well. The digital imaging guru is Jeff Spitery who has nearly 30 years experience with photo preparation for print, and is helping me with the retouching of all of the files as well.
I say "Taschen-worthy" because this book has all the attributes of a top-shelf Taschen art book. I also say "made available to the public (hopefully)" because this book is going to be self-published and requires us, fans of funny things and great photography, to put this sucker into production via Seth's Kickstarter Campaign. The campaign, which ends on March Monday Mar 11, 10:58am (SOON!!) allows potential donors to contribute anything from $1 to $5000 (or more). Each donation starting at $5 and more has assigned to it some pretty flippin' cool rewards as thank-yous for your generosity. For example, donating $2000 gets you the following:
Tim and Seth from Les Savy Fav will write a song about you based on information that you supply us about yourself. We will also make a video for the song, directed by animator/director Edmond Hawkins and myself. You will also get 2 copies of the special edition book, the ebook and the audio book, plus major bragging rights. You also get a double special thanks in the book.
Even a reasonable $150 donation will get you a copy of the book along with a limited edition 8x10 print of Patton Oswalt signed and numbered by Seth. This print is an edition of 25. You will also receive the audio book. Such an awesome book from an awesome local photographer. Get to donating! Every buck helps!

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Comments (23)

YANNY BUSINESS

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 12:36 PM

Get a fucking side job and save money like everybody else you dick!

Posted by real dude | February 27, 2013 12:38 PM

Funny at all

Posted by Hyundai HB20 | February 27, 2013 1:52 PM

I love people who respond to Kickstarter campaigns as if it was a government-imposed tax on them or something. Fundraising has existed for quite some time and has helped get a lot of things done. It's just internet-ized now.

If you disagree with the idea of fundraising, or the campaign itself, just... don't donate?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 2:03 PM

12:38-well put

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 2:12 PM

"Even a reasonable $150 donation will get you a copy of the book along with a limited edition 8x10 print of Patton Oswalt signed and numbered by Seth. "

hahahahha

I'll pass.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 2:19 PM

hahahahaha

OK. Nobody has a gun to your head. Though, I wish someone did.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 2:26 PM

I mean when you have a chance to buy an 8x10 picture of Patton Oswalt for $150 you've got to pull the trigger. No brainer.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 2:36 PM

AND a copy of the book. AND the satisfying feeling that you helped a a book get made that OTHER comedians can buy an enjoy.

Just because your life is an empty chasm of tears, take-out food, and loneliness doesn't mean everyone else's has to be.

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 2:56 PM

^simmer down Seth

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 3:01 PM

i'll donate to take David Cross off the cover

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 3:27 PM

I love me some David Cross

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 3:50 PM

Why is this guy writing any type of book about being funny?

Posted by Anonymous | February 27, 2013 8:26 PM

the smarmy army of people who get up on a soap box to declare things "not funny" love kickstarter because it puts a spotlight upon and a pedestal underneath the people and things that they feel are underappreciated

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2013 3:37 AM

Fuck David Cross

Posted by Anonymous | February 28, 2013 10:17 AM

Fucked Up = music for frat bros to high-five to

Posted by two way radio | March 5, 2013 4:35 AM

What the hell is this? I am amazed to see this.

Posted by Funny Pictures | December 17, 2013 5:41 AM

What is Thiz

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