Its been a little while – 1,160 days, at the time of this writing, in fact – since I wrote a post titled “What’s Happening with Laughspin?” It served as a note to Laughspin’s dedicated readership about the possible end of a decade-old passion project. I call it a passion project not to minimize its former influence or the impact it had on the world of comedy but to better explain I wasn’t walking away from some Chappellian $50 million deal.
At the time I announced Laughspin’s hiatus I felt I had pushed as long and as hard as I could for the success of a site I created. It was time for a break. It was time to regroup. I felt then as I feel now, that Laughspin, with added infrastructure and a proper business push behind it, could reach millions instead of hundreds of thousands.
Laughspin is now officially out of hibernation.
I’ve sold the site to a lovely digital content outfit called Sea of Reeds Media, founded by former New York Observer editor, bestselling author and perhaps, most important, total comedy nerd Ken Kurson.
I am no longer editor in chief of Laughspin, though I’ll be very much involved as editor emeritus. I’ll still be looking after and nurturing the site. And I’ll be writing pieces a few times a month. The new day-to-day editor is Billy Procida, who is not at all new to Laughspin.
During the last few years of Laughspin’s existence pre-hiatus, Billy was my second-in-command. He’s in a unique position to helm the site as a comic in New York who has also proven himself a skilled comedy writer and analyst. Early in my negotiations with Ken I told him I wanted Billy to run the site. It didn’t take much convincing for Ken to see that was the best-case scenario for a re-launched Laughspin.
So, here we are.
I have renewed hope in Laughspin and where it’s headed. There will be obstacles and low points, I’m sure. But the high points, I’m willing to bet, will peek out above all other highs that have come before. I’m confident our original readership will embrace Laughspin again. And I’m certain we’ll find
hundreds of thousands millions of new friends online.
For now, that’s all. I’m here if you want to chat.