Exciting Updates!

Hello there! You look amazing today (I can see you through the front-facing camera)! I hope this unspecified web content finds you in good health and good spirits. I have a few things I want to tell you about!  I hope you’re sitting down for this one. You are? Great.  …Please sit down. You’re forgetting I can see you.  

Ok, awesome. Thanks for finally being honest, and please – no more of those shenanigans. MY DEBUT ALBUM “QUEEN OF SMALL TOWN GOSSIP” IS ON ITUNES AND OTHER DIGITAL OUTLETS NOW!!!  Even better news: YOU CAN PURCHASE IT BY CLICKING ON THIS LINK: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/queen-of-small-town-gossip/1449901163?mt=1&app=itunes ! (Or on Amazon here! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07MX7874F/ref=cm_sw_r_tw_dp_U_x_5.qvCbVYA96KJ)

img_4502The album was recorded back east in Pittsburgh in late December 2018 and was a surprise sellout (standing room only?!  Thanks for coming through!).  Super proud of this thing from start to finish.  If you haven’t bought your copy, please do!  And if you have, I owe you a hug the next time I see you (because I love you but I have no money).

I’ve been working some of this material for a while and figured I would dare myself to a new challenge and achieve something new, and it worked!  Never been more proud.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

I was blown away by the reception – I got a message the day after releasing it, telling me that it charted!  It peaked at #2 in its first full day of release!  I couldn’t believe my eyes, so I started ugly crying immediately.  Still in absolute shock over it.  So thankful!

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If you’re in LA, I’ve got a show coming up Saturday, January 26 as an album release show at the Lyric Hyperion theater in Silver Lake.  You won’t want to miss that one.  I’ve got great local talent booked like Jared Goldstein (Out on Stage), Jessica Lee Williamson (The MothI’m Dying Up Here), and UCB Messhall team Jason Bjorn. You can grab your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/david-montgomery-queen-of-small-town-gossip-tickets-55099657559

Here’s a snippet of video from the live album:

ridesharecoverI want to quickly plug an “anonymous” thing I’ve been writing… My old day job was driving for a certain rideshare company, which made me hate my life every single day.  Tragedy + Time = Comedy, so I started blogging about my misadventures.  I decided to start compile more of the stories and break them up into volumes to test the waters…. And we’ve got some doozies in Volume 1!  Without further ado, I present to you: Rideshare Storytime: Volume 1, now available in paperback and for your Kindle on Amazon here: https://www.amazon.com/Rideshare-Storytime-Taxi-Cab-Confessions/dp/1795382627/ref=sr_1_1?s=dmusic&ie=UTF8&qid=1549078950&sr=8-1&keywords=rideshare+storytime.  Hope you enjoy!  Volume 2 coming very soon!


img_16862018 was a year of new heights yet again.  Aside from recording my first ever live album of standup and storytelling, I managed to check off a lot of other things on my list that I’ve always wanted to do professionally.  One of them was performing a new solo show at Upright Citizens Brigade about my time with the Spice Girls – appropriately titled It’s A Spice World, We’re Just Living In It.  It came with some crudely altered promotional artwork.  It felt amazing to re-work the story I’ve toured with so relentlessly and just have some brand new fun with it.  It ended with me in drag performing my coup d’etat: mimicking the great Posh Spice’s exact performance in the girls’ debut “Wannabe” video… Which if you’ve seen it… Yeah, she doesn’t do much in it.  But damn is she fabulous.

The show was great, and was very well attended, but I was very excited when it was over!  In the weeks surrounding the show, I had been to Sioux Falls, Northampton, and even Stockholm, Sweden to perform with The Moth.  What a life, huh?

I’ve also started a fun new chapter:  hosting for The Moth on tour.  This has been a dream of mine ever since I first stepped on the tiniest of Moth stages.  I debuted as a Mainstage host in Boston and was lucky enough to be flown the next day to my home town of Pittsburgh to host their Grandslam Championship competition.  What an absolute dream!  It can’t be overstated, how much The Moth has changed my life.   I am eternally grateful.img_3175  

Have you got a story you’d like to workshop?  Well, I’ve started coaching storytelling!  Click the “contact” button to inquire about rates.  I do this in-person or via Skype, so you don’t have to live in LA to make it happen!

img_9175I’m still performing around LA quite a bit as well.  I’ve done shows with some of my heroes and favorites recently (doing one alongside the goddess Aparna Nancherla was a nice birthday treat for me this year)!img_3672  I continue to pinch myself every time I get booked for one of these shows.  Just last night I graced the stage at UCB to tell a story at an amazing show called Sunday Night Sex Talks (if you’re ever in LA, please check this out.  Always sells out, and always is amazing).   

Thank you all for being right next to me during this journey.  More updates soon, I promise.  I hope to see all of you in some city soon.  In the meantime, the most heartfelt thanks for all of your support.  It means the absolute world to me.  Love you all.

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All my love, 

David Montgomery

(The Queen of Small Town Gossip)

 

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The Big Move.

It’s been a bit since my last update, and luckily that’s been because I’ve been so busy.  (Imagine how sad the update would be if it was like, “Haven’t written lately because I’ve been so sad and bored with life” or something like that.)  Writing from the disgustingly depressing JetBlue terminal at Los Angeles International Airport right now.  Also I finally understand how the South feels – THEY TOOK MY HAIR SPRAY!

The first and arguably most important update is that I have packed up all my belongings Beverly Hillbillies style and moved across the country to Los Angeles.  That was a difficult decision in and of itself – leaving behind not only everything and everyone I’ve ever known, but also the fact that included in that group are some of the kindest and most supportive people one could have in their lives.  My inability to react emotionally in the moment left everyone thinking “Well, that was easy for him,” when my 5 day trek across the country was actually filled with tears.

The first three days I holed myself up in my apartment, partially out of denial and depression, but mostly because I was terrified that I was going to most definitely get killed on the freeway the first time I drove onto it as an LA resident.  I eventually did a Tuesday afternoon test run to Target in Glendale (maybe a 5 mile drive, including a mile of freeway).  I was crawling out of my skin the entire way but felt so relieved – proud, even – when I reached my destination.  Suddenly driving for 5 miles on a slow Tuesday afternoon made me a seasoned professional.  And on the way home, with my newfound confidence as an obviously aggressive LA driver (the type your mother warned you about), I of course got into the wrong lane for a turn and the guy behind me laid on his horn for a solid 45 seconds.

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But I acclimated to Los Angeles pretty quickly.  Maybe it was being in a car for a zillion hours on the way here that made me somehow at peace with the idea of being in traffic constantly.  At the end of the day, it is hard to argue with this weather out here.

nhtfestIn the meantime, The Moth has continued to be super kind to me in letting me share my story in even more places, including London (!!!), New York, and in Anaheim at the Now Hear This podcast festival.  This week I’ll be in Worcester, MA and in mid-November I’ll be performing in Kansas City, MO.
Living in Los Angeles has been nothing short of a dream so far.  What other city in the world can you go to a show on a Sunday afternoon and end up getting plucked from a crowd to be onstage saying lines with your a handful of your favorite people in comedy (See me in Andy Richter’s Home For The Holidays, this December on SeeSo, because this city is a beautiful creature.).  I’m finally used to seeing palm trees and celebrities everywhere I go.  I’m finally used to the sun shining all day, every day.  I’m finally used to the barrage of Australians on a six-month holiday.  Even on my worst, most frustrating day, when I’m missing my family or my friends or my favorite happy hour spot back home, the city smiles at me and reminds me that I’m ok.

As I said, this past weekend I performed for The Moth again as part of the Now Hear This festival.  The people involved in this festival are absolute gods in my world.  To see Scott Aukerman and Paul F Tompkins in the flesh is one thing, but to be on the same bill as them is another.  I know my status pales in comparison but it’s a hell of a start.  My all-access pass to the green room allowed me direct contact with some of my heroes.  Can I try to explain what it’s like to have Scott Aukerman shake my hand and introduce himself, then gesture for me to take a seat at the table with him and talk over a glass of wine?  I have spent the last several years idolizing this man and now he is asking me questions about me andscottmy life and my work.  Granted, he probably didn’t give a shit and wasn’t listening, but he did an amazing job of making me feel like I was worth something to him at that moment.  Before I know it, I’m looking around and all of my favorite comedians are in the room, at my table, chiming in on the conversation.  I was shocked, excited, scared, thankful, and ready to fucking explode.

And that’s kind of still how I feel every single day in LA.

 

Talk soon,

David

 

Fringes and Risks and Moths and Gays AND A LIVE EPISODE OF MY SHOW!

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Long time, no see!  Have you lost weight?  Whatever you’re doing, you look good.  Me?  I’ve been mega busy.  Where to start, where to start… Since I last touched base, I’ve been lucky enough to do huge13346712_980413048936_1729737194878028595_n Moth Mainstage sho13100792_968013038656_7867883281114781263_nws in Boston and East Lansing, MI.  Always such a treat to be on the road with some of the warmest hearts in the nation.  And I got to work with one of my favorite people in storytelling… The absolutely adorable and mega-talented Tara Clancy.  (PS – her book comes out in October but you can preorder it now.  I suggest you all do that.)

I’12998648_965878216856_8979331860957591821_nm thrilled to report that Fringe went great… I won the Audience Choice Award at the Pittsburgh Fringe Festival for my one man show, How The Queen Found His Crown.  By the time that weekend was over, I was extremely 12991015_966586183086_5676674998605037073_n-2thankful to put that show back into a cardboard box in my closet.  Talk about emotional exhaustion!  Putting myself and my life out there in that capacity was certainly rewardingbut taxing.  Huge thanks to everyone who came and saw it though – that was such a great turnout and such a supportive group of hearts.

I’ve gotten to try out some physical hosting duties which I admittedly was very nervous about, but wish I wasn’t, in 13007372_1676210589297664_8305328234598432440_nhindsight.  First, The Moth asked me to host their monthly Storyslam here in Pittsburgh in April.  While I obviously love attention, and the idea of being onstage through the entirety of the show, it was a daunting task:  Their monthly host here, Alan Olifson, has been literally the only person to ever host it, for almost 5 years.  I figured they’d revolt!  But the audience was very receptive to my sense of humor and luckily, I didn’t have to riff off of too many suicide stories that night, so I’d file that one in the “success” drawer.  

Just a few weeks I was the guest host and monologist of Arcade Comedy Theater’s “Hootenanny” show, the annual Pri13427939_981091668976_2727140253438382705_nde edition.  This is an Armando style show, so for all you non-nerds out there – basically someone
shouts out a word or phrase and I have to come up with some (hopefully entertaining) stories from my life based off of that word.  Then the improvisers (which included some of my local favorites – Missy Moreno, Jerome Fitzgerald, Kyle Longsdorf, Kristy Nolen, too much talent to name them all!) act out spur-of-the-moment scenes based off of the details of what I’ve just come up with.  They do scenes, I tell more stories, then scenes, then stories.  It was a fucking blast.  No words to describe how much fun that night was.

In mid June, I traveled to Philadelphia to perform a newly workshopped story for the Risk! podcast, which aired today.  13423890_982898752566_3238287332764788834_nI covered some deep stuff in it, but I (hopefully) managed to keep it light and funny.  Always fun to work out a new story in front of such a supportive audience.  And Kevin Allison, my absolute hero – such a gift to work with him every single time.

SPEAKING OF FUN!  If you’re in Pittsburgh, mark your calendars for July 29, at 8pm.  At Arcade Comedy Theater downtown, I am putting on a LIVE taping of an episode of my podcast, 2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place!  I won’t reveal too much, but there will be TONS of character improv work in this episode.  Nik Nemec will be back for this one, and I’ve secured the absolutely absurd Missy Moreno!  Tickets are only $10 but get them asap, as this is a small theater!  

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I have less than 10 weeks before I move to Los Angeles.  Terrified?  Yes, sir.  Yes, I am.  Ready for the next chapter?  Without a doubt.  Thanks for being here for the ride so far.

 

All my love,

David

What the heck is next?

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I absolutely fucking hate when days like January 1st make people decide that now is a better time than ever to rebrand themselves or try something new or start watching what they eat.  But I’m human.  And a little reflection never hurt anybody.  So add this to the list of trite, cliche posts that are likely filling up your Facebook feeds at the moment.  Except mine is way more interesting.  Sorry, not sorry.  Kinda sorry.

2015 has been the greatest year of my life, filled with so much growth and validation and success, that I’m a little (jokingly?) worried that I’ve already peaked.

In January, the wonderful Kevin Allison put me on his show Risk! for the first of what eventually became 3 appearances on it this year, including a live show at the PIT in New York.  I started my own show in March, 2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place, and have been lucky enough to work with some of the most gifted and successful people a comedian could ever look up to.  I took a class at Upright Citizens Brigade – a longtime goal of mine, especially getting to perform on their Chelsea stage the following week.  I’ve been the featured guest on multiple national radio shows and podcasts.  The Moth hand-picked me to start doing shows for their MainStage touring series, which I tried out here at home for 1,300 people.  That audience more than doubled in Portland, OR when I performed on The Moth’s biggest global stage to nearly 3,000 people.

Given the grown I’ve achieved over the past few years, this year really proved that all the good feeling I’ve got now really has some staying power.  It’s hard to un-learn negative thought processes, so I immediately worry, “Is that it?  Am I done?”  Cue Jerry Seinfeld’s awful Cockney accent, “Not bloody likely!”

I’ve got a handful of incredibly exciting irons in the fire for 2016, none of which I am officially allowed to talk about yet.  But what I can say, is that I don’t have any plans to go to the moon like poor Lance Bass did when he hit the big time.  I’m a simpler gay than that.  I just want to take a bath in diamonds but somehow not get cut.  Also Hanson will be performing an acoustic set in my bathroom while I take that diamond bath.  And they’re naked.

No, they’re in leather.  Anywho…

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I think officially in 2016, I can say in a public forum that I plan on outsmarting carbon monoxide threats in my apartment (Yeah!), doing more shows, expanding the audience reach at 2 Gays, No Girls, and getting my name out there even bigger than it has been.  Starting today with an appearance on a nationally syndicated radio show called This Show Is So Gay.  Great way to close out the year.  The show has a ton of FM and internet affiliates nationwide, so please be sure to listen in.  As an very uninformed person, I can only direct you to their website, http://thisshowissogay.com.

I truly hope that every person reading this can attain the clarity and happiness I’ve achieved this year.  No matter what you’re seeking in life, be it fame or fortune or a bigger penis or a bigger vagina, here’s to you.

Name your goal, work hard, then ask for seconds.  Don’t wait for January 1st or some monumental day.  Every day you can do better than what you’ve done.  Happy New Year.

David

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Live @ RISK! in NYC 6/25!

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Attention NYC area fans and friends!

Thursday 6/25 I am THRILLED to be doing my second RISK! live show, only this time in New York City at the Peoples Improv Theater!  RISK! is a live show and iTunes podcast hosted by comedy/storytelling god Kevin Allison of MTV’s “The State.”  The live shows and podcast run the gamut of stories that will make you pee yourself laughing, rip your heart out, get you hot and bothered, or gross you out.  Hopefully mine will do mostly the first and a little of the second.  Tickets are on sale below!  Get them now!

http://thepit-nyc.com/event/risk-15/

“2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place” is now on iTunes for FREE!

Search for my show now in the iTunes store or follow the link below.  Also still on soundcloud at soundcloud.com/buymeahotdog.  Myself and Nik Nemec travel around to different pizza shops, get a little tipsy, and enjoy a fun and funny conversation while we wait.  Improv characters, special guests, segments, music and more!  It’s a ton of fun, even if you’re not a gay.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/2-gays-no-girls-at-a-pizza-place/id981537104

Hosted by David Montgomery & Nik Nemec

Produced by David Montgomery

Theme song is “Like Us Before It’s Cool To” by The Wreckids (now available on iTunes!)

2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place: A Podcast

I have a lot going on these days!  So let me catch you guys up a little…

TODAY MY PODCAST IS UP!  It is the first official episode of “2 Gays, No Girls, At A Pizza Place.”  It’s a passion project for me because I love pizza and hate fag hags.  I get to do a lot of improv characters on the show, which is a blast for me.  I co-host it with Nik Nemec, who is a lot of fun to interact with on and off the show.  Go check out episode one, entitled “Madonna DiGiorno” at http://soundcloud.com/buymeahotdog.  And like us on facebook at http://facebook.com/2gaysnogirls.

Also I will be performing at Wordplay for a second time.  This is SUCH a fun show.  Host and producer Alan Olifsen gets a musical setlist to add to your story and a live dj plays it behind the storyteller.  How much better can storytelling get???  The show is Friday April 10 at Bricolage Theater in downtown Pittsburgh.  Get your tickets here:  https://bricolagepgh.secure.force.com/ticket/#sections_a0FE000000D4bTvMAJ

Plus I won the Moth storyslam again!  I performed at the Grandslam for the first time ever, and unfortunately got picked to go first… So I ended up scoring REALLY high, which was quite validating.  Didn’t get beat until the 7th or 8th person went up.  That was on a Thursday – then the following Tuesday I performed at the regular Moth storyslam and I won again!

Anyway kiddos, thanks for reading….. Catch you up again soon.  Have many more videos of my stories ordered that are heading your way soon!

xo

Dave

Naivete, a gun, and the Spice Girls. My story is on this week’s episode of the RISK! podcast!

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http://risk-show.com/podcast/in-a-tizzy/

Click here to listen to MY STORY on this week’s episode of Risk!, hosted and curated by the brilliant Kevin Allison.  It is such a dream of mine to be on this show and to have worked with Kevin professionally.  This guy has been a comedy hero of mine since my teenage years.  His most notable tv work was the sketch comedy show “The State” on MTV in the mid-90s.  This show is the absolute cornerstone of my sense of humor.  Kevin started Risk several years ago and when I discovered it, I was enthralled.  His uncanny ability to find such gifted storytellers and workshop their stories to be performed live or in-studio as such incredible pieces is truly an art.  They run the gamut – from inspiring to raunchy to hilarious to sad… This show truly has something for everyone, as long as you don’t mind a little coarse language 😉

I’m the first storyteller, with a story called “Spice Justice,”  in which I am mugged at gunpoint and justice isn’t served through normal channels… So the Spice Girls serve justice in a tacit, implicit way ;).  I hope you enjoy listening.  If you’re interested and are new to his show, click through older episodes and check out a “Best Of” episode to give yourself a good idea of what it’s like.  It is THE best podcast on the air today.  Subscribe in itunes here.

DON’T FORGET TO LIKE MY FACEBOOK PAGE HERE! 🙂  Audio, pro-shot videos and more!

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

I’ve never had good luck with neighbors.  From summer 2013 until the summer of 2014 I was invariably tortured by my downstairs neighbor, who performed a series of psychological experiments on me without my permission.  This is largely an assumption and definitely an overdramatic version of just having a bad neighbor, but here is my story anyway.  I told this hilarious story at The Moth storyslam at the Rex Theater in Pittsburgh last summer.  The names have been changed to protect the terrible.  Enjoy!  Please comment, like, and share if you enjoyed this..