ICE CREAM MONEY
A NEW COMEDY ALBUM OUT FRIDAY, MARCH 1
ON BLONDE MEDICINE
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Blonde Medicine and Ashley Ray are pleased to announce the Friday, March 1, 2024 release of Ray’s debut full-length comedy album Ice Cream Money, available everywhere streaming audio is enjoyed, as well as on vinyl.
A 2021 HBO Max Queer Comic to Watch and 2023 BET Black Woman Comic to watch, Ashley Ray is dropping her debut album, recorded live at Brooklyn’s legendary Union Hall. Ice Cream Money showcases Ray's easily entertaining and funny style with stories about coming out as bisexual and polyamorous, dealing with conversion therapy as a kid, her family and more.
A true daughter of Northern Illinois, Ray grew up in Rockford and started doing comedy in Chicago. Despite calling Los Angeles home for the last 5 years, Ray claims it hasn’t made her any less “Midwest rude” - she can still say something mean in a really nice way. Ray was a TV and culture critic for The A.V. Club, Vulture, The Cut and Cosmopolitan before “retiring” to focus on comedy full-time. She created her podcast, TV I Say in 2021 to celebrate her love of all things television. Every week she interviews your favorite writers, actors and comedians like Jason Mantzoukas, Roxane Gay, and Nicole Byer about what they’re watching each week. Now in its third season in partnership with Earwolf/SiriusXM, TV I Say has been featured on Best Of lists in the New York Times, Vogue and Lifehacker. Ray has been a guest on Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me, Seth Rogen’s Storytime, Scam Goddess, and more of your favorite podcasts. She wrote for Adult Swim’s Alabama Jackson. A true multi-hyphenate, Ray started doing stand-up 8 years ago:
“I always loved comedy, but it never seemed like a realistic thing for a black girl from the midwest to do. In high school, I started going to open mics but people would encourage me to do slam poetry. I did a lot of spoken word and storytelling before I realized I just wanted to be funny. I started going to Cole’s Open Mic in Chicago where Sarah Squirm (now of SNL) encouraged me to give it a shot. Chicago is a great place to come up. You can be weird and find your voice.”
Ice Cream Money serves up plenty of sweet jokes to enjoy, and Ray believes stand-up should be about jokes - that there’s a big difference between real, live stand-up vs. engaging someone online. As a rising stand-up comedian she performed at festivals across the country like Limestone Comedy Festival, Milwaukee Comedy Festival, Black Women in Comedy Festival (NYC), Black Girl Giggles (New Orleans), Pitchfork Music Festival, and SF Sketchfest.
“Albums are what made me fall in love with stand-up because it feels like being in a club. When I’m listening to comedy, I’m more aware of the audience response or one person’s unusual howl. With clips and video sets, it’s easier to ignore that unless the comic calls it out. I’ve been lucky to do stand-up all these years and this album is my appreciation for the craft.”
While people may be familiar with Ray’s online presence or read about her in Bust magazine, The Guardian, and the Observer, now they have the opportunity to get acquainted with her stand-up work. The material on Ice Cream Money was churned over 8 years of touring, festivals, sold out shows, empty bar shows, crushing and bombing into an hour that really made Ray happy:
“I’ve lived a ridiculous life and I wanted to introduce myself to people with Ice Cream Money…Everyone should have ice cream money”.
Ashley Ray - Ice Cream Money TRACK LISTING
1. We're Getting Real Tonight
2. And What if the Earth is Flat?
3. And What if Canada Isn't Real?
4. Ethical Porn and Shaun King
5. pete davidson
6. Good Stuff, Gang Gang
7. Ice Cream Money
8. It Takes 21 Minutes for Ashley to Mention She's Polyamorous
10. A Mother's Sacrifice
11. Regular Midwest Girl
12. Family Secrets
13. Seth Rogen and My Gay Mom
14. Why I'm On the Internet
15. Black Privileges #1 & #2
16. Black Privilege #3*
17. A Whole Workday
ABOUT ASHLEY RAY:
Ashley Ray is the most famous bisexual solo polyamorous black queer comedian, actor, and writer currently based in Los Angeles. In 2021, she was featured in Bust for her “whip smart TV criticism.” And yes, she’s also famous for smoking pot.
In 2022, Ashley wrote on Adult Swim’s, ALABAMA JACKSON created by Donald Faison. Ashley was selected as one of HBO Max’s Queer Comics to Watch for 2021 and filmed a digital special for the platform. That same year she did a sold out hour at Union Hall in NY and debuted a new hour at The Yard Theater in Los Angeles. She hosts High Gear Comedy, a monthly live show with Barbara Gray at The Airliner in LA.
Ashley is the host of the popular podcast ‘TV I Say with Ashley Ray’ which was featured in the New York Times as a 2021 Podcast Worth Checking Out.” She’s also been a guest on NPR’s Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me and Seth Rogen’s Storytime.
She is also known for her viral Shaun King video and post. Her newsletter about TV, pop culture and life as a solo poly bisexual dream babe was named "One of the Best 2020 Newsletters to Subscribe to That Will Keep You Informed and Entertained" by Marie Claire.
ABOUT BLONDE MEDICINE:
Blonde Medicine is a record label and production company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. With roots in comedy and music production, they aim to help Artists make great art, no matter what form it may take.Their genre-spanning releases can be found at blondemedicine.com.