Comedian Mike Brown has announced that the second season of his web series Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop will premiere on April 27th. The night before, Brown will be throwing an event at Union Hall in Brooklyn that will feature a preview screening of the season along with stand-up performances by a solid roster of comics: Shakir Standley, Dan Perlman, Jeffrey Joseph, Peggy O’Leary, Rojo Perez, Marie Faustin, Ronnie Flemming, and Mike Brown himself.
Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop follows the day to day life of hip-hop blogger Sean Jones, an everyman who struggles to navigate the obstacles we sometimes face in life: friend’s casually using racial slurs, dealing with your significant other getting cat-called, trying not to appear cheap to the new girl in your life, and so on. Sean handles these situations with an awkward likeability that makes him relatable and somewhat reminiscent of Louis C.K.’s character in Louie. The episodes of season one are short and to the point; standalone vignettes that capture a brief moment in time and focus in on Sean’s reaction to it all, which usually leaves the people around him unimpressed.
Each episode of season one was meant to stand on its own, to be a individual example of Sean’s inability to satisfy the people around him or avoid embarrassing himself. Speaking to the Interrobang in January, Brown said that these individual losses are going to catch up with Sean in season two:
“The connection between the episodes comes from Sean’s evolution. I needed to make Sean go through these things because I wanted to get to depression. I wanted that to be a part of the show so I wanted him to be beat up on a lot. Because in the next season he deals with it and how he deals with it also pushes how other things are happening in his life. I need him to be beat up and I need people to kind of laugh at him and then the next season they can laugh with him. It was very calculated.”
Brown has accrued a list of honors in his career as a comic and writer: he’s made appearances on networks such as Adult Swim, E!, and TruTV, he’s been named one of Caroline’s Best of New Talent and Rooftop Comedy’s Comics to Watch, and has performed at festivals like San Francisco Sketchfest and New York Comedy Festival, among others. He also hosts a few shows around New York, such as Machine Gun Funk at the New York Comedy Club and Comedy Outliers, a comedy showcase (and podcast of the same name) at Lily O’Briens.
Needless to say, the man keeps busy, and for good reason; he’s a genuinely funny and affable guy who has a lot of potential not only as a stand-up, but as a writer. Comedy fans (in New York especially) would do well to keep an eye on him!
Upcoming show dates for Mike Brown can be found on his website. Tickets for the preview screening event can be bought here. Brown can be followed on Twitter @yomikebrown and @cantstopshow. The first season of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop can be seen on the show’s YouTube page. To get a taste of what Brown and the series have to offer, check out episode one below: