If you know me, you should know that I’m a fan of Boston’s infamous comedian/musician/director Rob Potylo and his long running and entertaining internet anti-thesis of reality television, Quiet Desperation. If you aren’t sure who that is, here’s a quick rundown for you:
Rob Potylo has worked in Boston as a comedian/musician/director/creative type for nearly a decade starting off as Robby Roadsteamer, a spoof of Bruce Springsteen on steroids hard rocker that toured with , eventually finding himself on radio at WBCN with Rob “Hardy” Poole and became a big hit with listeners and remained so after he dropped the act but was ultimately pulled from the station for doing so.
Since then he’s been doing his best to stay creatively active, released fifteen albums independently (three of which I helped design the artwork for) while working on developing Quiet Desperation for the internet and beyond (it found it’s way onto MyTV in New England to begin an initiative featuring local programming and ran for six months during 2011, until the channel was bought off and cancelled by new management) all while helping comedians, musical acts and other creative types reach a wider audience at large beyond their own followers and endeavors at promotion.
Quiet Desperation had it’s season three finale awhile back and Rob wants to continue working on it but lacks the funds to make it happen. He recently began a Kickstarter a few weeks back to help fund the show’s fourth season to help give the show a budget and to open up the possibilities of getting back on TV as a full thirty-minute program to entertain people and give us a big does of reality that “reality” programs choose to ignore instead of shorter episodes with tons of cut content on YouTube.
Rob isn’t asking for much with his Kickstarter. A mere $2,000 will help fund its filming and help shop it out to various channels on television and possibly video programming alternatives but he deserves so much more than just reaching the goal.
Since beginning about four years ago, the show has shifted it’s tone and concept beyond a situational reality comedy and has become a surrealist reality comedy about the struggle to be creative in an overbearing society while inserting himself into places you’d least expect him to go, like the scene outside the Democratic National Convention and the clean-up effort in New Jersey post-Hurricane Sandy while the news media has decided to look elsewhere. All while on a budget of NEXT TO NOTHING.
If Quiet Desperation reaches it’s goal, they can do so much more on a budget and if what’s been done with the third season is any indication of what the fourth season could bring to the table, it’s easily going to be the best.
If you’d like to learn more, please check out the Kickstarter via the header link and see what he has to say for himself, watch some of the episodes of Quiet Desperation and if you like it help it out by giving some money their way!
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