Q&A: With Dark White, comedian Lachlan Patterson takes control
Former Vancouverite and comedian Lachlan Patterson launches his third comedy special Dark White on May 5.
When: From May 5
Originally from Vancouver, comedian Lachlan Patterson has been living in Los Angeles since 2007. He’s been a finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, appeared on numerous other shows such as Fox’s Punchline, and released one album (2010’s Jokes To Make Love To) and two comedy specials. He is about to launch his third special, Dark White. We talked to the standup comic about the upcoming show, and staying relevant during the disruption of COVID-19.
Q: How did this special come about?
A: For my last two, production companies approached me about filming and I accepted their terms. But after doing that and reading contracts and not feeling like I had any control I decided to produce this myself. It’s been challenging. It took me two years to write the set, another year to get it to where I was happy. We shot it in Huntington Beach, California. Because of all that prep work, we shot it in one set. From there I hired an editor, a sound engineer and all sorts of different post-production crew to get it finished.
Q: Why did you decide to release it yourself?
A: I hired someone to sell it for me. But that was before the pandemic. After the pandemic started, he reached out and said that nobody was getting back to him. Netflix didn’t get back to him, Hulu wasn’t interested. It seems like everybody was changing their gears. So I decided to release it myself. I chose the release date, pretty randomly. My lady said, “How about May 5?” and I said “Cinco de Mayo? That sounds like fun.”
Q: How is it being offered?
Q: What were some of the other release models you looked at?
A: I looked at Louis C.K., who released his special on his website, and I really admired that control he has over his property. Then I looked at Sam Morril, who released his special (2020’s I Got This) on YouTube, with the caption “Nobody wanted it so here it is for free.” I felt for him, I connected with that. I decided I was just going to have to do it myself. I just never was really comfortable trusting people with my property. My last special ended up going to a network (Seeso) that I don’t think was even available in Canada. And that bothered me because I wrote it so my friends and family could watch, even my nieces and nephews, who are younger.
Q: How are you promoting Dark White?
A: I’ve been doing Zoom shows. Some are free, and some are donation-based. I have a Q-and-A coming up on the release date, May 5. (Follow @Lachjaw on Instagram and Twitter for regular updates.) At the moment I’m doing other people’s shows. When I get better at it I want to produce my own.
Q: It seems like talk-show hosts are struggling with their monologues without a live audience.
A: What the last Zoom host did, he took a few people off mute just so I could work on my timing. Because otherwise, I don’t know how long people are laughing. That really helped me work out the rhythm of it and helped me figure out if it was funny or not. You don’t know by looking at people staring at you. You see them kind of move their heads and smile. But you’re alone in your office trying to do standup. It’s weird.
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