: Andrew George
When Kurt Braunohler recently came to headline the club, he was talking about how he had created a KikStarter campaign to fund a project which would involve him hiring a sky writer to write "HOW DO I LAND?" over LA. Well, that actually happened. And after it was done, some super handsome blogger fellah posted the picture of it on Reddit, which helped it to go viral (it was me).
Check out what this nice lady Anna Almendrala from the Huffington Post had to say about it!
If you blinked, you missed it -- Braunohler wrote in a Tumblr post that the message lasted only about 20 minutes before disappearing. But the prank got a second wind on Monday when a photo of the message, taken by Robyn Von Swank, was uploaded to Reddit's image hosting site Imgur.
At the time of this writing, the photo had been up-voted to the front page of Reddit and received over 1 million views (the daytime population of downtown LA is estimated to be about 207,440).
The comedian said he was "psyched" that his ephemeral joke now has a second life on Reddit but admitted Monday was the first time he had ever truly used the site.
"It's such a stupid thing, and I love stupid," Braunohler said. "I'm just so excited that the internet loves stupid too!"
Braunohler launched a Kickstarter campaign in January to raise money for the "incredibly idiotic stunt." Fans of the concept donated a total of $6,820, and Braunohler asked backers to vote on which message to skywrite above Los Angeles.
"How do I land" won, and Braunohler hosted a party at the Perch rooftop bar in downtown LA for supporters to take in the airborne antic. One of the founders of Kickstarter, who happened to be in LA at the same time, extended his trip by one day to attend the event, Braunohler said.
Despite his success on the crowdfunding site, Braunohler said the skywriting stunt was his first and probably last Kickstarter venture.
"I don't want to be the Kickstarter comedian," he said. Still, he admits "it's very tempting to do a bunch of ideas this way."
Kurt just recorded his first album with Kill Rock Stars Records.
This will be his first full length comedy album, but he is in no way a newcomer to the comedy world. He has already appeared on television numerous times, including Jon Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Comedy Central Presents, Human Giant, Chelsea Lately, and was even the host of IFC’s BUNK!, which was a game show composed of entirely comedian contestants. He can be heard regularly on the top comedy podcasts on iTunes and seen headlining accross the country.