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Be a Man at All Times

by Kyle Erby

An edgy comedic take on relationships, sports, pop culture, and family from a masculine point of view. It unapologetically explains the benefits of a man still being a man. Bonus tracks include a comedic "Who Done it" Mystery!
Genre: Spoken Word: Comedy
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1. Football (Live)
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2. Side Pieces and Monogamy (Live)
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3. Why Men Cheat (Live)
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4. If Your Woman Ain't Feeling You (Live)
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5. Everything a Man Does (Live)
2:39 $0.99
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6. Be a Man at All Times (Live)
2:57 $0.99
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7. Substitute Teacher (Live)
3:58 $0.99
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8. Take Our Spot Back (Live)
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9. Strong Black Woman (Live)
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10. Gay (Live)
4:07 $0.99
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11. Fatherhood (Live)
2:51 $0.99
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12. Vol. 1: Case of the Missing Balls
5:21 $0.99
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13. Vol. 2: Case of the Missing Balls
1:17 $0.99
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14. Vol. 3: Case of the Missing Balls
3:08 $0.99
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15. Vol. 4: Case of the Missing Balls
2:33 $0.99
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16. Vol. 5: Case of the Missing Balls
3:52 $0.99
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17. Vol. 6: Case of the Missing Balls
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18. Vol. 7: Case of the Missing Balls
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Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was 16 years in the making. It features 11 years of material, including Kyle's first hit joke “Bobby”. Kyle recorded this live performance in 2013 at the Houston Improv thanks to Sheryl Underwood, Raymond Cook, and some special help from “Ish” the sound guy. But the post production is where most of the obstacles laid in wait.

Kyle recorded so much material that weekend in Houston that he thought he would be ok. However, after somehow losing some of his audio files, he was left with only 25 usable minutes. The memory that Jerry Seinfeld’s first HBO special had sketches interspersed throughout came to mind. Talking to his tv writing partner, Kamal Abdul Jabbaar, they came up with an idea to fill out the rest of the album: “The Case of the Missing Balls.”

They worked to write and produce it, but being novices, they recorded different actors in different locations to accommodate the actor's schedules. They recorded Glenda Redfield, (Original Lisa who they wrote the part for) in her car. Mike Estime (Original Radom Dude) was recorded at his house, Harry Southerland (Original Random Party Goer) and Vic Frost (Original Party Goer #2) emailed their lines from North Carolina. James Kelley (Original Party Goer #3) was recorded on an iphone, and Jaime Wiest (Original Tina Daniels) was recorded in a room with hard wood floors. Recording actors one at a time turned into a nightmare. Not only did it take several hours to get though editing a small chunk of conversation, the sounds didn’t match.

Then one day, Kyle found most of the lost show files. Now, the Case of the Missing Balls was no longer needed, but by now, they realized they had something special that would make this comedy album truly unique. The next step was to move forward with the album cover. Jaime Wiest did all the leg work for the photo shoot including finding and wardrobing the model, Sehany Vaz. Brandy Alexander designed the album cover to look like Ice T’s Power. The album looked like it was going to drop. Kyle even posted a picture of the now completed album art telling folks to look for it soon. Then one day, he picked up his laptop by the screen and cracked it. Putting the computer in the shop without a proper back-up meant losing all of the data. He had to start all over. He said "forget it." But probably not in those words.

In 2018, Kyle decided to listen to Kamal’s advice and start The MRA Podcast with Kyle and Kamal. With all of that fancy equipment, the thought of resurrecting The Case of the Missing Balls began to resurface. They decided to re-record it.

Most of the original cast came back including the comedic genius, Dominque Purdy (Pops), Vertina Love (Theresa), Kareem Grimes (Phil) and of course, Kamal Abdul Jabbaar to play Hill Henpeck (formerly Rob Henpeck). But they could not get Adenrele Ojo. All of the members of the original recording were fantastic! But Adenrele crushed the part of Gloria. However, this time, she was too busy with her bustling voice over career, so they needed a really strong actress who could pull off the mother in law. Kyle turned to Kimrie Lewis, a UCLA extension writing classmate, comedian, and personal friend. She said yes. They had their Gloria Ball Buster! Sarah Barton was added to play Tina Daniels, Courtney Black played Lisa, Jaime Wiest played a party goer, and Kyle's sister, Kashala Alexander, made a cameo as Random Woman. Kyle was happy with everyone’s performances, but when he went to listen to it, the volume was too low; another casualty of learning on the job. Turns out those fancy mics needed individual mic amplifiers. He bought more equipment to boost the microphone output, switched editing software to the more user-friendly Logic from Apple, and asked the cast if they could come back one more time. The third recording proved to be the charm.

Editing was a lot easier this time with everyone being in the same room. But once Kyle heard it back, he realized it was missing one final touch: music. He gave himself a crash course and figured out how to score the album.

Now, it’s complete and ready to be shared with the world. It features edgy stand up, Kyle' first love, and also a comedic play, his second. The hope is that you will enjoy their hard work and that you’ll share this gift with people in your circle.
Enjoy!

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