Note from Richard:
When I was fourteen years old a friend of mine introduced me to a movie and a director. That man became I think the first one that compelled me to keep tabs on his career. That movie was Mallrats and that director was Kevin Smith. After a year I found out about a video called an Evening with Kevin Smith and that simply blew me away. To watch a person that I admired as a filmmaker talk very plainly about his life and interactions with writing a Superman script or making a doc with Prince was to me a bit dangerous. Is he going to get in trouble? It’s so much wit and peppered with the perfect amount of profanity that he was one of my friends despite having never met him.
I kept up with his films and sung his praises wherever I went. My wedding party all went to see Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back before the reception. And I still stuck with him. Years later after more films and more An Evening with shows my friend Shawn told me he does a podcast. This was the first time I had ever heard of them and he said we should do something like that. This was in 2007 and I was hesitant. How could I ever measure up to this giant that helped shape my teen years with cock knockers and Star Wars references?
Years again went on and my friend moved away….he was gone. And I felt bad I never took him up on his idea. But life goes on and so did mine with this thing in the back of my brain burning. The fire falling to a flicker until I heard a speech at comic con in 2012 by my idol. In Hall H he stood on a stage and told a room full of people that we all have something to say “your voice is your currency in this world”. We all want to be heard and that was the kindling of that hope again and it started to grow. Shawn and I re established our friendship and on the back of it built our podcast. This journey from fourteen year old boy to thirty-three year old man had him as a guide and I couldn’t ask for a better Obi-Wan.
Today my inspiration has many shows, an entire network and it is that network that showcased us. The man who I liked as a filmmaker and later came to revere as an example to follow dropped a line of encouragement. And if I never again am able to make another show for one bright moment I was acknowledged by one of my heroes and there is a line of people that can’t say that. I am so proud of what we have done and what we will continue to do and so thankful to every single listener. If I never get the chance to tell you personally take this post as saying that everyone can do it and no matter what it means something to someone. Thank you all and here is to more fun and dick jokes.