ASpecialThing Records

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ASpecialThing Records

ASpecialThing Records is a stand-up comedy record label started by Matt Belknap and Ryan McManemin. Belknap was the creator of aspecialthing.com[1], an internet message board especially popular with west coast comedy fans. McManemin was an executive at Sony/MGM and longtime member of the ASpecialThing message board.

Using the site as a launching pad, in late 2006 they announced to the web community that they would be starting their own record label, ASpecialThing Records. In February of the following year, comedian Jen Kirkman's Self Help was the first album released on the new label to great praise among "ASTers" as well as other comedy-related websites.

In addition to making comedy albums, Belknap and McManemin are active podcast producers. Belknap produces and co-hosts Never Not Funny, the Jimmy Pardo Podcast, and with McManemin produces Doug Benson's Doug Loves Movies and Greg Proops's The Smartest Man in the World, among other shows. Since AST's inception in 2007 they have become the second largest comedy record label in the world, trailing only Comedy Central Records.


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