At Common People United, we’ve always worn our influences on our sleeves. Our first instinct is usually to write about the things we love, more than the things we do. We have a Slack channel dedicated to sharing our favorite books and TV shows. Even the company name is pretty clearly borrowed from one of our favorite songs. When we started planning our Thanksgiving lunch for later this week, we knew it was time to pay homage to one of the greatest traditions of the last five years: Sandwich Night.
Back when it was on public access TV, The Chris Gethard Show was described as the “most bizarre and often saddest talk show in New York City.” It’s weird, it’s amazing, and some of us have been a little obsessed with it for at least five years now. The show taped on Wednesday nights, and in 2011, Gethard and the rest of the show’s creative team realized pretty much everyone was leaving New York for Thanksgiving. With no crew, they could either cancel the show or get creative. The result was Sandwich Night, an hour of TV that consisted of… mostly watching people eat sandwiches. There were also interviews about the sandwiches people were eating, chants about sandwiches, even an ad for a presidential candidate who encouraged everyone to put their differences aside and come together over sandwiches.
It’s amazing, great, weird TV, just like everything The Chris Gethard Show has ever done. The show’s whole aesthetic is punk rock and DIY, mixed with a ton of positivity and a willingness to take really big swings. It’s the attitude we’ve tried to build Common People United around - work smart, think fast, and don’t let a lack of a crew cancel your show.
This is CPU’s first Thanksgiving at full strength, and it only seemed appropriate that we’d celebrate the occasion with our first ever Sandwich Night. It’ll be more of a Sandwich Afternoon for us, as we’re wrapping up our Wednesday work day with the party, but if you’d like to follow along, we’d love to have you.
We’ll be tweeting, Instagramming, and Facebooking the preparations and festivities throughout the day on Wednesday. We’re @dotcommonpeople in most of those places, or Like us on Facebook if you like the idea of getting a live peek into our offices throughout this historic day. (If you want the full, CPU Sandwich Night at Home experience, be sure to grab some Aunt Millie’s Bread, your favorite meats, cheeses, and toppings, and send us your photos!)
There’s so much we’re thankful for this year. We’ve moved into a new office space, started work with some amazing new clients, continued the relationships that we brought into the new year, and added some great new members to our team. We’ll do a full recap as 2016 comes to a close, but we couldn’t be more happy to take a little time this week to reflect on everything that’s made this year great. Whatever your schedule is, we hope you’ll take a little time to do the same.