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Buffalo comedian books hurricane relief concert – in his living room

One Buffalo native had a dream of getting the band Fastball to play a concert in his living room.

For Chet Wild, the dream comes true tonight, Sept. 18.

Wild, a comedian who now lives in Los Angeles, began tweeting the band with the request on Oct. 22, 2016, using the hashtag #fastballatchets. “I’m going to tweet them at least once a day with a reason they should play a living room concert at my house,” Wild announced on his podcast, “The Least Anticipated Podcast of the Week.” He was inspired to petition the band after somebody dissed Fastball for being a so-called one hit-wonder with “The Way.”

“This led to me going down a rabbit hole of rediscovering Fastball,” Wild said. “For whatever reason, I started working Fastball into regular conversation on the (podcast). It seemed to irk some of the podcast co-hosts and listeners, so, as with any other fun harmless thing that seemingly irks people, I doubled down. I really feel that Fastball is greatly overlooked as one of the great bands to come out of the late 90s.”

While Wild said he never doubted he would get Fastball to play in his house, he consistently wondered how. The incentive came when he pitched the band to perform a benefit for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, and Fastball agreed. Wild started an Indiegogo campaign to raise $2,500, and as of this writing, has raised more than $9,500.

Wild’s living room has an limited seating capacity that’s capped at 30, but even fans from Buffalo can see the concert. A $10 donation to the Indiegogo campaign allows viewers to watch a livestream of the concert, which includes a standup comedy preshow, and is set to begin at 10 p.m. EST. Other fundraising incentives are available on the site as well.

Wild is excited about the concert, and he compared the reaction he got about the campaign to when he first started performing standup comedy in Buffalo.

“I faced a lot of ‘What is this guy doing and who does he think he is,’” he said. “But that’s half the fun. People telling you you’re crazy for trying something, and then proving them wrong.”

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